Friday, November 18, 2011

Follow Friday #9


This is hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee's View

Letter to Santa: Tell Santa what books you want for Christmas! 

EVERY BOOK PLEASE. Except non-fiction and boring stuff. 
In all honesty if I thought Santa was real this is what I'd write. 
:]

Friday, November 11, 2011

Follow Friday!! #8


Follow Friday is hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee's View.

In light of 11.11.11 and Veteran's Day tell us about your favorite solider and how he or she is saving the world. Fictional or real life.


I can't say I have one! Every soldier out there is brave and amazing for being that brave and I salute them. Everyone of them is saving the world. As for the fictional ones, they're saving the world too; it's just that it's THEIR world they're saving. :]

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Review: Grimm's Fairy Tales

Title: Grimm's Fairy Tales
Author: Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Pages: 508 pages
Published by: Barnes and Nobles Books
ISBN: 1-59308-056-5
Rating: B+

With the words "Once upon a time" the Brothers Grimm transport readers to a timeless realm where witches, giants, princesses, kings, fairies, goblins, and wizards fall in love, try to get rich, quarrel with their neighbors, and have magical adventures of all kinds-and in the process reveal essential truths about human nature. 

Is it wrong if I enjoyed this?

This is the sickest, twisted collection of stories and tales, ever. Great job, Grimm brothers! LOL. But seriously, I'm a dark person-ish so it's not really a surprise I enjoyed this. But other than the fact that I'm a dark person, it's more of the fact that all fairy tales are ridiculously happy so a change is good. I mean, these stories are disturbingly written but that doesn't change that fact that these are WELL written.

All these tales that everyone knows have the happiest endings but no, that's not even how it was. This book reveals that and I like it. Not all the tales were enjoyable but there are a lot, it'll be hard for anyone to like every single story.

I will not deny that these stories and tales are absolutely horrible in terms of what comes out (death, manipulation, sick behaviors and everything) but they are well written, like I was saying before. The writing is kind of in the old time english but I don't think it's that bad. It's definitely not that hard to understand.

Each tale is a couple of pages which is really convenient because with this long book, you're not gonna want to keep reading it. When I'm reading a long book with long chapters or something, I HATE stopping but I can't help that I have to like eat and stuff. With this book, the tales are all unrelated so the pacing is all up to you. FREEDOM!! Ahahaa!

I really don't know what else to say. If you'd like to read twists on some of your favorite fairy tales then go ahead and read this book but if not then I suggest you stay clear from reading anything Grimm.

(LATE) Follow Friday #7


If you could have dinner with your favorite book character, who would you eat with and what would you serve?

This is seriously the toughest question ever. Considering all of the books I've read has a million characters, I really can't choose one. How about I just have a huge party with all my favorite characters? Then, I'll have a buffet kind of set-up and waiters carrying delicious appetizers and stuff. Everyone could mingle, I could talk to everyone and it'd be great. :]

Sorry for posting this late though. And missing a lot of the past weeks.

Review: Between Shades of Gray

Title: Between Shades of Gray
Author: Ruta Sepetys
Pages: 312 pages
Published by: Philomel Books
ISBN: 978-0-399-25412-3
Rating: A+

In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina is preparing for art school, first dates, and all that summer has to offer. But one night, the Soviet secret police barge violently into her home, deporting her along with her mother and younger brother. They are being sent to Siberia. Lina's father has been separated from the family and sentenced to death in a prison camp. All is lost.
Lina fights for her life, fearless, vowing that if she survives she will honor her family, and the thousands like hers, by documenting their experience in her art and writing. She risks everything to use her art as messages, hoping they will make their way to her father's prison camp to let him know they are still alive.
It is a long and harrowing journey, and it is only their incredible strength, love, and hope that pull Lina and her family through each day. But will love be enough to keep them alive?
Between Shades of Gray is a riveting novel that steals your breath, captures your heart, and reveals the miraculous nature of the human spirit.

One word: Wow.

My friend hadn't read this book when she told me about it but she said that she heard it was really good. I was skeptical about it because I really don't like historical fiction except for a couple of exceptions. This has now been added to the list of exceptions! This novel was absolutely amazing. I know I say that for a lot of books but this book is the best historical fiction book I've read. Ever.

From the first word to the last, this novel really did capture my heart like it said it would. The historical fiction books that I like are almost all about people that have been through things like the Holocaust and concentration camps because I like to read about those experiences that people had even though they may not be real people. It's important to know what happened so things like that don't happen again. It really touches me how these people believe even though their situation is horrible.


I love how Sepetys added a lot of romance into this because it just brings the whole novel together. It's a beautiful love that persevered throughout the novel and it made me squeal like a little girl. I'm such a romance-loving person, ahahaa!


I love love loved the ending. So much. There was kind of a "in the future thing (epilogue) and I love those! I love books that tell you what happened in the future and this ending was really satisfying.

The novel was written really well and I like Sepetys' writing style. It's unique in a way that you don't notice it until you really concentrate on the writing, not the story. The author uses imagery specifically well which I think is one of the most important things in writing books. It makes it easier for readers to imagine everything in their heads.

Overall, one of my favorite books now and I recommend it to everyone. It's sad, happy, exciting, everything you could ask for in a novel.

Review: A Walk to Remember

Title: A Walk to Remember  
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Pages: 207 pages
Published by: Warner Books
ISBN: 0-446-69380-4
Rating: B+

There was a time when the world was sweeter...when the women in Beaufort, North Caroline, wore dresses, and the men donned hats...
Every April, when the wind smells of both the sea and lilacs, Landon Carter remembers 1958, his last year at Beaufort High. Landon had dated a girl or two, and even once sworn that he'd been in love. Certainly the last person he thought he's fall for was Jamie Sullivan, the shy, almost ethereal daughter of the town's Baptist minister...Jamie, who was destined to show him the depths of the human heart-and the joy and pain of living. 

Why am I even reviewing this book? Everyone's definitely already read it or at least watched the movie right? Ahaha, well I still wanted to express my feelings about this book.

Honestly, I just read it, not too long ago. I apologize, I just never thought that after seeing such a good movie, the book was necessary. I mean, I believe that before you watch a movie, if there's a book, you should read it but I didn't for this one. I think that this is the first book that I think the movie was better. I'm sorry for all of those who just gasped in horror, LOL.

The book was amazing, don't get me wrong. It was beautifully written (obviously the work of Sparks) and the characters were off the page, the plot, the ending, everything was amazing. But, the movie portrayed the love and feelings so much better for me. I'll never know if this is only because I saw the movie first but the actors were really well chosen.

I can't get over how complex the characters are. They really come to life. Jamie is a girl who kind of pisses you off for being so nice and fragile but always accepting no matter what and then you just come to love her which is probably why Landon fell for her. My favorite thing about this book is how Landon changes throughout the story.I'm not even sure why but the way he grew out of being a real douchebag (ahahaa) because of one girl and how he became so romantic and mature. I love it.

The storyline is definitely cliched. There's a guy and a girl from two completely different worlds that come together and fall in love but I just love it! It WORKS in this book.

Really recommend both the movie and the book but I gave the book a B+ just because the movie did it better for me, ahahaa. Warnings though, it's sappy. 

Review: A Child Called "It"

Title: A Child Called "It"
Author: Dave Pelzer
Pages: 160 pages
Published by: Health Communications, Inc.
ISBN: 1-55874-366-9
Rating: A+

A Child Called "It" is the unforgettable account of one of the most sever child abuse cases in California history. It is the story of Dave Pelzer, who was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who player torturous, unpredictable games-games that left him nearly dead. He had to learn how to play his mother's games in order to survive because she no longer considered him a son, but a slave; and no longer a boy, but an "it." 
Dave's bed was an old army cot in the basement, and his clothes were torn and raunchy. When his mother allowed him the luxury of food, it was nothing more than spoiled scraps that even the dogs refused to eat. The outside world knew nothing of his living nightmare. He had nothing and no one to turn to, but his dreams kept him alive-dreams of someone taking care of him, loving him and calling him their son. 
Through each struggle you'll find yourself enduring his pain, comforting his loneliness and fighting for his will to survive. This compelling story will awaken you to the truth about child abuse-and the ability we all have to make a difference.

First of all, before any of you comment on how you probably can't read the story because you couldn't bear to read about child abuse, think about how hard it was for Dave Pelzer to WRITE it. It's a true story from his point of view. Just think about how painful it would've been for him to recall these memories, detail by detail. Memories that probably still haunted him from time to time anyway.

I think that everyone should appreciate this and read the book. It's seriously a life-changing story and you'll never be the same. Knowing what happens to children that are abused helps you understand that this is real and there are children out there that really do need help. The pain you'll go through reading this is nothing compared to the pain he went through living it.

Anyways on to the book itself, it was AMAZING. Real props to Dave Pelzer for writing this beautifully crafted story solely on his memories. It was engaging and made me picture everything, even the parts I didn't want to. It was disturbing but not in a way that made you say "gross". You know it's gross and just utterly despicable but you're not thinking about this while you read it. Pelzer REALLY knows how to write (in my opinion).

The ending was a real cliffhanger and very depressing but he definitely fixes that with the epilogue and obviously, by the fact that he wrote the book. The book is very short, and very fast-paced. You'll be done before you know it. You'll be crying throughout the book if you cry easily like I do but really, I can't stress how good this book is.

This is a horribly written review, LOL. But I really don't have anything to say! It's definitely a book that belongs on everyone's "books to read before I die" list.

I hope that many of you will pick this book up regardless of whether you think you'll be able to handle it or not.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Follow Friday #6


Do you have a favorite series that you read over and over again? Tell us a bit about it and why you keep on revisiting it.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, no doubt. This series is 7 books and it's about vampires but it's AWESOME. The series is really good from beginning to end and it is SO well thought out and written, it makes Richelle Mead one of my favorite authors ever. 

I read this once in a while when I feel like reading it and it never fails to be amazing every time. You fall in love with the characters, you feel sad when you need to, the action brings you in amazingly and you're just in the book completely.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Wow....Still being MIA...

I APOLOGIZE ONCE AGAIN. But this time, seriously, after I get my summer reading done, I'll be on here as much as possible.

On another topic though, the reason I'm writing this post, I might add another blog to this account. I'm in a class called English Scholars Program in my school and it's just a chill class where you can write anything your heart desires. I've been writing since middle school and I really like to so that's why I've been taking ESP the past couple of years.

This year it's a requirement to "publish" some of our work and if this counts as "publishing" (why not? reading at a library reading counts as one apparently) then I'll make another blog for it! I'm really excited but also scared about putting my work out there but if there's anyone reading this and anyone's interested then thank you and I hope for your constructive criticism when I start!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Oh dear...

I SINCERELY APOLOGIZE. I know I don't have much followers yet but I'm so sorry that I've been MIA. School just started and it's been hectic since the end of the summer, doing summer assignments that I've procrastinated on and all that stuff.

I promise that once things settle down, I will have as many reviews up as possible. I actually even have like 3 that I started and still have finished. I'm sorry once again and I hope to write soon!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tune in Tuesdays #5


Tune in Tuesdays!

Tune in Tuesdays is hosted by GReads and this is my fifth week.



Baby V.O.X. - Ya Ya Ya

Old group Baby V.O.X. and I think this is one of my favorite songs by them.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Follow Friday! #5



If you could write yourself a part in a book, what book would it be and what role would you play in that book? 

I'd be in Harry Potter just for the magic and Hogwartss<3 but otherwise any book with a hot guy who saves me from something would be fine.... ahahaaa!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Tune in Tuesdays!

Tune in Tuesdays is hosted by GReads and this is my fourth week of this!!

Love love love this song. 90's for the win!! They look mad weird in the picture though, ahahaa. It was like that in the past. xP

g.o.d. - Friday Night


Sunday, August 14, 2011

Review: The Secret Year

Title: The Secret Year
Author: Jennifer R. Hubbard
Pages: 192 pages
Published by: Penguin Group
ISBN: 978-0-14-241779-9
Rating: C

How do you get over someone who was never really yours to begin with?
Julia and Colt were together for a year, but nobody knew of their secret love. Then Julia dies, and Colt's life spirals out of control. He is haunted by her memory and things only intensify when her journal falls into his hands. Can Colt bring himself to read Julia's diary? Or will he live without answers to his burning questions about a romance that changed him forever?


Okay, so like the little blurb thing says, this novel is about a girl and a guy who were secretly meeting for a year until the girl died. She actually did have another boyfriend and he didn't know about Colt either but then after she dies, everyone finds out about Colt and Julia's secret relationship and Colt is in a lot of trouble from Julia's friends and even his. He gets her diary and has to decide if he really wants to read it or not.

I'll start out by saying that I didn't really like this book. The characters were developed okay but I feel like they could've had more personality and independence to them. Also, I found the characters a bit confusing at times? I'm not sure. I guess it could've just been the author's way of making them more realistic but I didn't really like that, ahaha.

The ending wasn't bad but it wasn't fantastic. It was definitely an expected ending from this kind of book. No twists, no surprises. Just a calm, "oh, okay" ending. Not that I wanted a twist in this particular book because that would've probably just killed it but I think it was how the story was going that made this ending inevitable.

The pacing is fast, I guess. All the action-y (not really) parts are spread out (like Julia's death, his troubles with other people, etc.) so there aren't slow parts. The book is really short too so that adds to the fast pacing.

I didn't have any problems with the actual writing of the author so that's good. If this author has any other books, I wouldn't mind reading them because I think they'll be better. It's just that with the blurb on the back and the title, I expected this book to be more dramatic and intense. It was, just not enough. For me, at least.

The cover of this book is just freaky. I don't know if it's just me but that's kind of awkward, LOL. It was the title that got me to get and read this.

I give this book a C because I didn't really like it but it's not like I don't recommend it for other people because there are people who love this book. It just wasn't good for me. 

Friday, August 12, 2011

Follow Friday #4!!



Question: How has your reading habits changed since you were a teen? or If you are still a teen what new genres are you in love with currently? 

I'm a teen so, hmm I really like any type of fiction really. I like to read mostly YA but I'll read other books too if it's good. I like fantasy, paranormal, supernatural books the best right now. I don't really like historical books and I'm not sure why but I find most of them boring. I've only liked a couple of historical books... I'm trying to widen my range of books to read because I feel like if I do, it'll help me out a lot with all sorts of things in the future. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Tune in Tuesdays! #3


Tune in Tuesdays is hosted by GReads and this is my third week of this!!

This song is Korean and I mentioned in my first week that I was going to post K-pop songs so this is my first one. I didn't really like this group at first but then they started to grow on me and their new album is so good!! I can't stop listening to it.



Teen Top - Beautiful Girl 


Saturday, August 6, 2011

Review: Don't Die Dragonfly

Title: Don't Die Dragonfly
Author: Linda Joy Singleton
Pages: 269 pages
Published by: Llewellyn Publications
ISBN: 0-7387-0526-8
Rating: A

After getting kicked out of school and sent to live with her grandmother, Sabine Rose is determined to become a normal teenage girl. That's why she hides her psychic gift from everyone at her new school, pretending that the predictions she helps write for the school newspaper are just fun nonsense. 
But when she starts having deadly visions of a girl with a dragonfly tattoo, she's afraid everyone will think she's a freak, or worse-that no one will believe her until someone dies. Just like at her last school.
Framed for a crime she didn't commit, Sabine must find a way to prove her innocence-and warn the girl with the dragonfly tattoo before it's too late.

This book is basically about a girl with psychic powers and she keeps having these visions about someone who dies, a girl with a dragonfly tattoo. After moving to a new school, she kept her powers a secret, even from her grandmother who she was sent to live with. She has to save this girl and ends up making some friends who can help her but she also makes some enemies. Yeah, so, that was completely pointless because I told you the same exact things that the back of the book told you. They did a pretty good job with that.

I love the plot of the book. I know, I say this for every book I read but seriously. Psychic powers, intense drama, evil people? It's perfect. The characters could be a little more detailed but they each have their individual personalities and I like that no one's similar. I actually don't really like the main character though. Sabine is kind of annoying to me, ahahaa. She is the 'hero' but she's naive and stubborn. She's more stubborn than I am! That's saying something.

The ending is the biggest cliffhanger ever. I've never read a cliffhanger that made you hang like that, LOL. It's a series and I think it has three books but I haven't read anything other than the first one. I really want to read the next one but I can't really find it and I'm to lazy to look harder at the moment. The ending is a different story than everything that happened in the book and it has to do with her grandmother and this other guy you meet. After finishing it, I was like, "Wait, what. What just happened." I like the ending because it makes me want to read the next one but that's the same reason I don't like it either because if you don't have it, you're sitting there all like (-.-).

I say this for every book but this one was a fast read too. I sat down and finished it in like 45 minutes. It's small, short and with the action in the book, it goes by really fast. This is a good thing but it seems kind of rushed at some points too.

I give this book an A because it's a bit rushed at times and the ending is too much of a cliffhanger for my taste personally, but the plot, characters and other things are good and the book itself was well written! I recommend this book but only if you have the ones after it, ahahaa. 

Friday, August 5, 2011

Follow Friday! #3


Question: Talk about the book that most changed or influenced your life (was it a book that turned you from an average to avid reader, did it help you deal with a particularly difficult situation, does in bring you comfort every time you read it?).  

Hmmm. This is a hard one! I think all books I read affect me in some kind of way. I guess the one that had most effect on me was A Child Called It. It's a great, very very sad book about child abuse and it made me view things so differently. I think that book is a book that EVERYONE should read at least once in their life. The author is actually the child in the book and his voice is a voice that everyone should hear. I'll review it later if you want more details!


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Review: The Forbidden Game

Title: The Forbidden Game
Author: L.J. Smith 
Pages: 750 pages
Published by: Simon and Schuster 
ISBN: 978-1-4169-8940-0
Rating: A+
*Three books in one*

When Jenny buys a game for her boyfriend, Tom, she finds herself inexplicable drawn to the guy behind the counter. There is something mysteriously alluring about Julian's pale eyes and bleached-blond hair. And when he places the Game into her hands, she knows their connection is something deeper.
But as Jenny and her six friends begin to play the Game at Tom's birthday celebration, a night of friends and fun quickly turns into a night of terror and obsessive love. Because the Game isn't just a game-its the seven friends' new reality, where Julian reigns as the Prince of the shadows. 
One by one the friends must confront their phobias to win the Game. To lose the Game is to lose their lives. And that is only the beginning...


First, I want to say WOW, L.J. Smith has done it again! I LOVED this book so much! But anyways...

The book is about a close group of friends that have this party for a guy named Tom because it's his birthday and his girlfriend decides to try and look for a game they can all play. One that's exciting and not childish. She finds this old looking game in a game shop she's never seen before but she also finds herself strangely attached to the person in the store. Later while starting to play the game, they all find it getting weirder and then it gets really creepy. They all have to fight against their fears between life and death to reach the end of the game and suddenly it's not just a game anymore. Especially to Jenny when she has to make some of the hardest decisions of her life.

The characters are really developed and they all have different personalities that you can really tell apart. Since they all have their parts in the book where they have to fight for themselves and stuff, you get to know all of them and that's important because it's easier to see their connections (the group of friends). The characters are very realistic and likable. They have realistic problems and fears that they strive to overcome throughout the book.

This one guy Julian (who's the guy at the game shop and the guy from inside the games) is SUCH a strong character and he's my favorite character. He's actually the "bad guy" but you'll find out why I love him so much if you read it (I hope)!

So, there are three books in this one book and they're related to each other. The second book happens after the events of the first book and the third happens after the second. I, personally, feel like Smith could have stopped after like the second one but the third one wasn't bad. Just not necessary.

I LOVE the ending of the whole thing (which is the ending of the third book) because I feel like it solves all problems in the book. It's a sad ending but it's also a happy ending. You'll probably feel more of the happy part than the sad but I felt the sadness. I like those types of endings that are both because it gives you a sense of comfort. One of my favorite parts of the book besides Julian's character.

The books, separated, are very short (about 250 pages each) but together it's pretty long. When I finished one of the books, I didn't stop and just kept going but you can easily just stop there so it's not uncomfortable. For me it was a very fast read because it was so engaging and so good. I couldn't put it down.

The book is suspenseful and it has action. It's kind of creepy when you're reading it at night (if you're creeped out easily like me...) but that's what makes it more exciting. I love the writing style, obviously because I LOVE L.J. Smith but her writing is very stringed together. It flows and makes you want to go on. It easily switches from moods very well.

My grade is an A+ because I loved this book, the concept, the story and everything else. I definitely recommend this book if you like supernatural-ish things and dark stories, you should DEFINITELY read this! Especially if you know L.J. Smith, read other books by her and liked them.

Tune in Tuesdays! #2


Tune in Tuesdays is hosted by GReads and this is my second week of this lovely meme! 

I'm so sorry it's a Wednesday but I completely forgot about doing it yesterday! :[ 

I LOVE this song! It's an oldie but a goodie!!




Maroon 5 - Misery


Monday, August 1, 2011

Review: Shutter Island

 
Title: Shutter Island
Author: Dennis Lehane
Pages: 369 pages
Published by: Harper Collins
ISBN: 978-0-06-170325-6
Rating: B+

The year is 1954. U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his new partner, Chuck Aule, have come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane, to investigate the disappearance of a patient. Multiple murderess Rachel Solando is loose somewhere on this barren island, despite having been kept in a locked guarded cell under constant surveillance. As a killer hurricane bears relentlessly down on them, a strange case takes on even darker, more sinister shades-with hints of radical experimentation, horrifying surgeries, and lethal countermoves made in the cause of a covert shadow war. No one is going to escape Shutter Island unscathed, because nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is remotely what it seems. 

I am surprised at myself for reading this. I heard the movie was scary and I cannot deal with scary things so I was like why the hell did I just buy that. I'm glad I did though because the book wasn't scary (well besides the fact that I avoided reading it at night) and it was pretty good. 

So basically, like the back of the book tells you, Teddy Daniels goes to the island with the hospital where insane criminals are and he's investigating a missing patient. He's with his partner, Chuck, and as they're listening to the details of what happened, it seems impossible for the patient to have escaped. They're trying to figure out how she escaped and find her but while that's happening, weird things start to happen and the island is creepier than they think. Also, you find out that Teddy isn't even really there for the job at all.

This book is like inception. I'm so serious right now, if you read it, it's probably going to be one of the most confusing stories you've read. It's one of those stories that as you're reading it, the number of questions you have and confusing things increase and then everything is answered in the very ending. I disliked that about the book because I'm not that kind of person and I need to know everything, ahahaaa. Seriously, I was freaking out while reading this because I didn't know why this was like this and that was like that. I was like, "YO AUTHOR, WHY DO YOU PUT THAT IN THERE. WHAT RELEVANCE DOES THIS HAVE." But of course, everything had relevance and you only find out in the ending. It's a story that's VERY planned out; something that the author probably spent a million years (exaggeration) thinking about because everything relates to everything. Something that happened in the beginning connects to this tiny detail in the ending and vice versa. Props to the author. 

The characters, are MUCH more developed than you think they are when you're reading the book. You don't even have a clue unless you picked it up in the hints throughout. I kind of picked things up but I didn't put it all together and in the back of my mind, I had a prediction that was only a bit off but then again, it was in the back of my mind. 

The writing is fantastic. The writing style is eerie, just like the story and I have no idea how the author did that but the writing really adds to the whole creepiness which is amazing. The book is a bit slow in the beginning and a bit in the middle-ish too but again, you only understand why until you read the whole thing. It's pretty fast-paced except for the slow parts like I said and the ending is especially fast. It's like an adrenaline rush, if that makes sense. 

The ending was all like, "Hah! Didn't see that one coming did you?" unless like I mentioned before, you picked it up while reading it. It's sudden, creepy and fantastic. It's like the concept of a dream in a dream from Inception (that's a huge clue which I'm not sure I should be giving ahaha). For the cover, there are many different covers and the picture is not the one of I have but out of all of them I like that one because it portrays the book the best. Besides, most of them have Leonardo DiCaprio on them now, not that I mind....but I like that other cover. 

Overall grade: B+ because I loved the idea but I didn't like that the questions build up like cancer until the end and the confusion is too confusing sometimes but if you do like eerie stories or books that you really have to think about (like a puzzle) then is for you.


Saturday, July 30, 2011

Review: If I Stay

Title: If I Stay
Author: Gayle Forman
Pages: 234 pages
Published by: Speak (or Penguin Group)
ISBN: 978-0-14-241543-6
Rating: A


On a day that started like any other...
Mia had everything: a loving family, a gorgeous, adoring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and full of choices. Then, in an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, between a happy past and an unknowable future, Mia spends one critical day contemplating the only decision she has left-the most important decision she'll ever make.
Simultaneously tragic and hopeful, this is a romantic, riveting, and ultimately uplifting story about memory, music, living, dying, loving. 


My friend told me about this book and told me a had to read it so I bought it and read it with high hopes because we have similar tastes. The book is about a girl who gets into a car accident with her family and has to decide whether to stay with her boyfriend and extended family or go with her family who didn't survive the accident. She watches the events that happen after the car accident and this leads to a decision.

I was stuck on whether to tell you guys that her family dies in the crash but you find out soon and it doesn't ruin anything so sorry if you didn't want to know that... I love the plot of the book because it's very deep and has to do with love and tragedy. The book really gets your thoughts involved because it makes you think of what you would do. Mia, the main character, goes through memories of the past and thoughts of the future and you can really tell and her decision is a difficult one which makes you really feel sympathetic.

The characters are very well-developed and every character adds to the difficulty of her decision. The story is in first person from Mia's perspective and I like that because the reader and Mia are both seeing what's happening.

The ending was very touching and some people that I know who read this said they cried (although I didn't which is really weird because I cry very easily with books and movies). I really agreed with the ending and loved what happened because I was kind of thinking throughout the book that that's what I wanted to happen.

The book isn't that long which is good because it's not dragged on and it's very fast-paced. I finished this book very fast but it wasn't one of those "Omg, I can't put it down!" books. It's kind of like how Thirteen Reasons Why was for me.

I really like the author's writing style. It's simple but gets to your heart and sticks in your head. The cover, though, is okay. I LOVE the shattered looking effect but the picture of the girl is a bit creepy. I do love her eyes though, ahahaa.

Overall, my grade for this book is an A and I definitely recommend it. It wasn't a book that will forever be one of my favorites but it was very well-written and thought-provoking.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Follow Friday!! My 2nd week.



Yayy! Another Follow Friday and this time I will make sure it goes out on Friday!! LOL 

Question: Let's step away from books for a second and get personal. What T-shirt slogan best describes you?

Oh, this is hard because I can think of so many!! xP I really like these two and I want them sooo badlyy!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tune in Tuesdays!


Tune in Tuesdays!!

Tune in Tuesdays is hosted by GReads and I am passionate about music just as much as books so I thought I'd hop on this train! :]

I'll try not to forget to do this every Tuesday but I'll try to share my love of music. I am Korean and I LOVE K-Pop (korean pop) but I will also add American music.



Tynisha Keli - I Wished You Loved Me 


Monday, July 25, 2011

Review: Thirteen Reasons Why

Title: Thirteen Reasons Why
Author: Jay Asher
Pages: 288 pages
Published by: Razorbill
ISBN: 978-1-59514-188-0
Rating: A


You can't stop the future. You can't rewind the past. The only way to learn the secret...is to press play. 
Clay Jensen doesn't want anything to do with the tapes Hannah Baker made. Hannah is dead. Her secrets should be buried with her. 
Then Hannah's voice tells Clay that his name is on her tapes-and that he is, in some way, responsible for her death. 
All through the night, Clay keeps listening. He follows Hannah's recorded words throughout his small town...and what he discovers changes his life forever. 


I finally got to read this book after years of waiting!!! I was waiting for a soft cover because I heard it was so good, borrowing it from a library would not suffice... It's weird because it came out in 2007 and it only just recently came out on soft cover. Don't know what the deal with that is.

Anyways, before reading this book, I heard it was like mind-blowingly good but for me, this wasn't the case. It was good, but it wasn't as good as people made it seem. The book, like the back of it says, is about this girl named Hannah Baker who commits suicide and sends out 13 tapes (well, 7 with two sides) and the tapes are supposed to go to 13 people who apparently have something to do with why she committed suicide. The tapes start at the first person and after the first person listens to them, they're supposed to send it to the next person named in the tapes.

I love the plot and the story. It's kind of mysterious and it makes you think of what these people could have possibly done to make this girl commit suicide. The book sounded so dramatic and intense but after reading it, it wasn't as intense as I think it should have been. The reasons why Hannah committed suicide didn't seem enough. I guess those reasons led to depression or something for a long period of time but I just expected more. Maybe it's easier for me to say this because I've never been in a seriously depressed state or suicidal.

Other than it being not as intense and dramatic, it was pretty good. The characters were developed well although I think some of the smaller characters were unnecessary (unless they have some deep meaning that I have not figured out, ahahaa). The whole story is in first person. Half of it is in Clay's voice and half (well, probably more than half) is in Hannah's voice from the tapes. It may seem like it gets confusing but it really doesn't get confusing at all and I really like that because I think it's difficult to write from two or more perspectives on and off in a novel and not have it a bit confusing.

I really LOVE the ending (although I can't say what it is here) because it's really thoughtful and I felt like after reading the ending, I learned a lesson from all of it. The whole book is kind of a lesson because it says how little things can make or break someone's day and in this case their life but it didn't hit me as a lesson until the ending.

The pacing is fast and I read this very quickly. It wasn't that I couldn't put the book down but it's the kind of book that when you finish a chapter or something, you want to know what happens so you don't put it down. I didn't have anything that I had to do so I just kept reading but if I had to put it down, I wouldn't have hesitated to.

Asher's writing style is probably my favorite part of the book (other than the ending). He writes with no confusion and you feel like you're going through everything the character is. He adds enough detail to make the world inside the novel seem real but not too much that things start to jumble.

The cover isn't specifically anything special except I really like how they added the 13 in the words. The font isn't too big or small but most of the book is in italics so if you don't like reading italics or have a hard time reading it, then this book is going to make you irritated..

So, my overall grade is an A and if you think this book might be interesting even a tiny bit, then go out and read it!

Follow Friday!!



My friend told me about this and I decided to hop on too! :]

Question: Name 3 authors that you would love to sit down and spend an hour or a meal with just talking about either their books or get advice on writing from.

I would love to meet Richelle Mead, L.J.Smith, and J.K.Rowling.

Richelle Mead because she is the author of Vampire Academy which is hands down one of the best series ever written (which I will review later for you guys)!! I love her writing style and would love to meet her for advice on my writing and also just talk about what else she's writingg.

L.J.Smith because she wrote the Vampire Diaries, The Forbidden Game, Night World and so much more books that I love. She's one of the best supernatural-writing authors and she writes about all kinds of creatures such as vampires, witches and everything else. Almost every book of hers has suckd me in immediately and I'm almost never able to put her books down.

This was a hard choice but my third choice is J.K.Rowling. I used to not be a fan of her writing style. I loved Harry Potter and the concept and everything but the way she wrote. I'm not sure if it was because I was much younger or something but I don't mind now and I would like to meet her.

(by the way, I'm sorry it's not a Friday but I only just realized I didn't properly click publish *sigh*)

Saturday, July 23, 2011

BORDERS CLOSING!

Is anyone else REALLY upset about this!?!?! I like Barnes and Noble better but a bookstore is STILL a bookstore! I do not approve.

I also need to get my butt to one though because of the crazy sales! They're liquidating so they'll want as much gone as possible. Hopefully, I can go before they close and hopefully I can buy a lot of books.

First Post Ever! Introduction.

Hello everyone! 
I will actually start reviews now although I have procrastinated greatly! Ahaha, I'll start with books I read recently then just do random books that I have read whether they're very old or new.
Don't forget that I will try to do requests!