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.