Thursday, November 29, 2012

Feature and Follow #10

FF 2012 Feature & Follow #125Feature and Follow #10!

The hosts of this meme are Parajunkee and Allison Can Read. This week's features are Novel Reveries and Oh! Paper Pages. 

Q: Activity! Who is your to-die-for book crush? What do you think they look like? Add an image to make us all happy.

A: Ooh, this one is making us do some hard work. Ok. Hard considering that I don't have much time for this and homework and studying. LOL. Um... It's either Alex from Delirium by Lauren Oliver or Tobias from Divergent by Veronica Roth. Take your pick. LOL. But I like Delirium more so....ALEX <3 with all my heart!


Oh and I like Logan Lerman. So Logan Lerman with blond hair to match the book description will do. ;) 

Also, be sure to check out my giveaway for Beg for Mercy by Shannon Dermott HERE! I need more entries, so be sure enter!

Happy Reading and Happy Friday!

Book Review: All These Lives by Sarah Wylie

All These LivesAll These Lives
by Sarah Wylie
Release Date: June 5th, 2012
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Format: Paperback ARC, 245pages
ISBN:9780374302085
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Goodreads Summary: Sixteen-year-old Dani is convinced she has nine lives. As a child she twice walked away from situations where she should have died. But Dani’s twin, Jena, isn’t so lucky.  She has cancer and might not even be able to keep her one life. Dani’s father is in denial. Her mother is trying to hold it together and prove everything’s normal.  And Jena is wasting away.  To cope, Dani sets out to rid herself of all her extra lives.  Maybe they’ll be released into the universe and someone who wants to live more than she does will get one.  Someone like Jena.  But just when Dani finds herself at the breaking point, she’s faced with a startling realization.  Maybe she doesn’t have nine lives after all.  Maybe she really only ever had one.

Cindy's Review: Yep. Another one of my precious Teen Read Week reads. <3 Ohmergerd. I'm doing a book review when I have a district essay test tomorrow. ;(

The Cover:
Okay. I can't say the cover changed any of my opinion towards the book. At first, I thought the girl was facing a tank. I mean, her hair doesn't even look wet. Well, I don't know, but I know this was probably the scene where she was trying to drown herself. WHY? Keep on reading~

The Characters:
Dani is the main character. She's a normal girl who goes to high school until her twin, Jena, has cancer. That sort of changed everything. Her parents are constantly worried about Jena and Dani can't even get a good night sleep.

The Plot:
The book is separated into sections, counting down Dani's nine lives. You see, Dani believes she has nine lives, like a cat, because she was about/supposed to die three times, but she walked away alive. First was a car accident and two more I forgot what. When Dani learns that Jena has cancer and she only has one life, Dani isn't sure she wants to live on without Jena. 

So Dani decides to spend her lives. As in trying to suicide again and again, until she only has one life left. She tried to drown herself, taking a bunch of pills, running into a tree with a motorcycle, and then she decides to jump off a hill. I cried when she jumped. This reminds me of 6 Seconds of Life. You can find the review when you click the link. Since six seconds of life is basically the whole six seconds of the main character's flashback, while she is plummeting to her death. And All These Lives leads down to her death. And they both jumped off a ledge. And the ending is similar, also. 

Ending:
I don't want to ruin it to you, but I must say, I cried for her, despite every stupid thing Dani does to kill herself. I must say though, at the end, she learned a really really good lesson, the hard way. And yes, I know what this suggests. 

The Bad: 
I can't think of anything bad about it. I mean, it doesn't jump and grab on to me, but if all books did that, then no book will be special.

The Good:
I cried for it. It's that I like crying, but I totally feel Dani's pain. And also, thank goodness I'm almost done with this review. Gotta study for my freakin Friday tests. Ohmygawd.

Rate: (1-10): 8.5

Well, Happy Reading~

Book Review: Cornered: 15 Stories of Bullying and Defiance

Cornered: 14 Stories of Bullying and DefianceCornered 
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ISBN: 978-0-7624-4428-1
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Goodreads Summary: It does not necessarily take a fist to create a punch in the gut. This fourteen-story YA fiction anthology delves into the experience of being bullied—socially, emotionally, physically, psychologically, and sexually. The school hallways, walks home, and house walls are no longer the boundaries for intimidation and harassment. With the rapid-fire response time of social media and smartphones, bullying has lost all limits, and the lines among truth, lies, and real accountability have become blurred. Featuring some of the hottest voices in YA literature, both bestselling and on the rise, Cornered includes works from Kirsten Miller (New York Times bestseller The Eternal Ones), Jennifer Brown (Hate List), Elizabeth Miles (Fury), Jaime Adoff (The Death of Jayson Porter), Lish McBride (Morris Award finalist Hold Me Closer, Necromancer), Matthue Roth (Losers), Sheba Karim (Skunk Girl), Kate Ellison (Butterfly Clues), Zeta Elliot (A Wish After Midnight), Josh Berk (The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin), and James Lecesne (Absolute Brightness and founder of the Trevor Project)

Cindy's Review: I think this is the first time I've ever read an anthologies for fun. (Not including English textbooks) I must say, it's not that bad. Anthologies are basically a series of short stories in one book. For example, the English textbooks for elementary and middle school. 

One positive thing about anthologies is that you won't get hanged up before you go to sleep. You won't get any cliffhangers and they would entertain you. You can simply read one short story at a time and ya know, it's real easy to finish the book too.

Since this book has a lot of different characters, authors (as you can see) and plots, I'll tell you what the whole book is about. You can already tell from the title, but I"ll go deeper. ;)

Cornered is a series of short stories that tells about bullying someone, being bullied, and how the main characters change because of being bullied by or bullying at. Cornered teaches us about how bullying would effect people and let us see how much different kind of bullying there are out there. 

Either way, I can't say this was the best book I've ever read, but it really isn't that bad either. 

Rated: (1-10): 7.5

Happy Reading~

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Cover Reveal: Trapped by Ella James

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Trapped is book two in the Here Trilogy (YA Sci-Fi Romance)


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Ok. I must say the cover is gorgeocious. Like it's actually have an attractive pull to it to make me want to read the book. ;) So be sure to put Trapped on you to-be-read list!

Blurb: 
(CONTAINS SPOILERS - DO NOT READ BEFORE READING HERE):
When Milo Mitchell falls for the beautiful, tuxedo-clad guy she found wandering her family's rural Colorado property, she never dreamed he was a scout from another galaxy, or that their relationship would leave him with an impossible choice: eradicating humankind, or initiating the end of his own people. 

Nick's job is finding the elements his people need to power their elaborate interweb of minds. Being a scout means he is capable of traveling to other planets on his own. It also means that, unlike The Rest, he has access to primitive feelings and individual desires. For eons, he was part of the whole, but when he encountered Milo, his obsession with her changed everything.

Nick's partner, Vera, is capable of independent thought, but not compelled by it. She is satisfied with her existence as one of The Rest, and she won't agree that humans are worth sparing; not when their planet has a precious cache of the gold her people need so badly. 

While Vera tries to force Nick into endorsing an Earth invasion, working behind the scenes to tie his hands, and the Department of Defense lays a trap for them with Milo's mom as bait, Nick and Milo are waging their own war - against a primal desire that can only lead to one thing: heartbreak.

Links:

Tiny link to Here, book one: http://tinyurl.com/apr8t6k
Link to Ella's site: www.ellajamesbooks.blogspot.com
Twitter: author_ellaj

Waiting for Wednesday #3

Waiting on Wednesday #3!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly even hosted by Breaking the Spine.
It spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

This week's awesome, to-read book is:

Angel of Mercy (Cambion, #3) Angel of Mercy (Cambion #3)
by Shannon Dermott
Expected Publication: December 31st, 2012
by Wicked Truth

Goodreads Summary: Okay, truthfully, they don't have a Goodreads summary yet, but there is a link! So go and add it on Goodreads!

Cindy's Reason: Truthfully, I first started the Cambion series because it was a Blog Tour. But the end of the first book, Beg for Mercy is such a big cliffhanger, that I had to buy Waiting for Mercy and No Mercy from Barnes and Nobles. I couldn't resist the whole not knowing thing. And also, I'm having a Beg for Mercy giveaway going on, so be sure to check it out! 

Check the Begging for Mercy Giveaway HERE

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Book Review: Changeling by Philippa Gregory

Changeling (Order of Darkness, #1)Changeling
by Philippa Gregory
Release Date: May 2nd, 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Format: Paperback ARC, 256 pages

Goodreads Summary: Dark myths, medieval secrets, intrigue, and romance populate the pages of the first-ever teen series from #1 bestselling author of The Other Boleyn Girl.Italy, 1453. Seventeen-year-old Luca Vero is brilliant, gorgeous—and accused of heresy. Cast out of his religious order for using the new science to question old superstitious beliefs, Luca is recruited into a secret sect: The Order of the Dragon, commissioned by Pope Nicholas V to investigate evil and danger in its many forms, and strange occurrences across Europe, in this year—the end of days.


     Isolde is a seventeen-year-old girl shut up in a nunnery so she can’t inherit any of her father’s estate. As the nuns walk in their sleep and see strange visions, Isolde is accused of witchcraft—and Luca is sent to investigate her, but finds himself plotting her escape.

     Despite their vows, despite themselves, love grows between Luca and Isolde as they travel across Europe with their faithful companions, Freize and Ishraq. The four young people encounter werewolves, alchemists, witches, and death-dancers as they head toward a real-life historical figure who holds the boundaries of Christendom and the secrets of the Order of the Dragon.

     The first in a series, this epic and richly detailed drama is grounded in historical communities and their mythic beliefs. It includes a medieval map of Europe that will track their journey; and the interior will include relevant decorative elements as well as an interior line illustration. And look for a QR code that links to a note from the author with additional, detailed information about the setting and the history that informed the writing. With Philippa Gregory’s trademark touch, this novel deftly brings the past—and its salacious scandals—vividly and disturbingly to life.

Cindy's Review:  Okay. This is gonna be a super duper short review. Just one sentence: I didn't even bother finishing the book. It was that boring. I mean, I read it because one of my friend owned it and the author had written The Boleyn Girl book and I heard it was pretty good. But this one here, is not my thing. 

THE END.

Well, Happy Reading, anyways~

Blog Tour: Loving Summer by Kailin Gow



Loving Summer (Loving Summer, #1) This is a blog tour, but I'm not sure if I'm officially sign up. So I guess, I can do this as a book review. :)

Loving Summer (Loving Summer #1)
by Kailin Gow
Released Date: May 28th, 2012
Publisher: EDGEbooks.com
Format: ebook, 250 pages
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Goodreads Summary: Summer has always looked forward to spending her summers at her Aunt's beach house with the Donovans. To her, summers at Aunt Sookie's beach house was magical, especially getting to spend time with the Donovans - her best friend Rachel and Rachel's brothers Nathaniel, and Drew. Here at Aunt Sookie's beach house, they can be anyone and anything they dreamed. For Summer, she had always wished to become as pretty as Rachel and for her brothers to think of her as more than Rachel's friend. For Nat and Drew, summers at Aunt Sookie's beach house meant fun and escape, a place where they go to with their mom and sister for the summer, away from city life. They never thought this summer would be different. They never thought things would change as much as they did...and it all began with them falling for and loving Summer.

Cindy's Review: This book is the first book I've read written by Kailin Gow. Even before, I read her books, I fell in love with just the teaser. Now, I'm totally in love with her books and I'm trying to get a chance to read all of her books, That means signing up for all her tours if possible. 


The Cover: 

As much as I love the cover, I can't say I fell in love with this book because of the cover this time. It was really the teaser that hit me. That make me want to read this. I dunno why. But that's that.

The Characters: 

Hmmm. Lemme see. I'll start off with the main character first.

Summer is this fun and loving sixteen year old who went to live with her Aunt Sookie in California for the summer. There, she meets up with her best friend, Rachel, whom she hasn't seen in a very very long time. I really like Summer's name. ;)


Rachel is, of course, Summer's best friend. Her parents are having a divorce, so she was sent to California for the summer, along with her two older brothers, Nathaniel (Nate) and Drew.


Nate is Rachel's oldest brother. He is also Summer's crush since like forever. She even likes Nate now, and I think Nate likes her but their relationship is so confusing, I'm not sure if I even want to pursue it. 


Drew is Rachel's twin I believe. He' s older than her, I know. But I think they are twins so they're the same age. Drew is handsome and popular. He' s the quarterback for his school's football team. That means he's fit and girls are chasing after him. He sounds yummy. LOL. Anyways, Summer thinks Drew is this annoying boy who always pesters her. In truth, Drew likes her. Like a lot. I totally approve.


Okay, so Summer had decided to move on from Nate , so when this actor guy who goes to Aunt Sookie's acting school shows interest in her, she decides to date him. I forgot his name. Seriously. I think it starts with an A, but I just want to make this clear. As nice and cool as he is, I do not ever want Summer to end up with him. Maybe someone like Drew. :) 

Plot/Concept: 
I think I've pretty much told the plot to you. Summer is going to California for the summer and live with her Aunt Sookie. Summer is helping Aunt Sookie out, especially when she finds out that Aunt Sookie is not well. What Summer didn't know is that she'll be meeting a couple of new people.

There's the guy she's dating. Ugh. And she's meeting the grown up, new versions of her friends she hasn't seen for so long. The budding romance between them drives us deeper and deeper into Summer's life, and her having to choose between three boys. 

I think it counts as a love=triangle, okay, more like a love-square but you totally get the idea. TEAM DREW!!, Ya'll.<3

The Ending:
The ending was kinda confusing to me. I had no idea who Summer ended up with. I think she ended up with the actor guy, for now. I mean, she didn't break up with him, so I guess she's still with him. She's having second thoughts though. That's the romance part.

The ending was also sad for me. One precious character isn't there anymore. Actually I think there's more than one. ;(

The Good:
I totally loved the deep emotions and the good narrating Kailin Gow writes in this book. It isn't a major cliffhanger. And at least Loving Summer has an ending. AND I really really want Summer to end up with Drew.

The Bad: 
I don't really know what to say in this column. I guess, maybe Kailin Gow could include more of Rachel in it. Seeing as Rachel is Summer's best friend. I mean, Rachel does come up a lot, but maybe some more? Yep. This concludes my super duper long summary!

Rate: (1-10): 9.1

Happy Reading~

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Enchanted Frost by Kailin Gow Blitz




                                       

Blurb:

Enchanted Frost

The wedding is off, and the groom-to-be is no longer. Prince Kian has left Feyland, trying to forget Breena and all memories of her. Failing to fight off the human affliction known as love by himself, he seeks the magic of the Ancient Realms, to forget his love for Breena, to become truly fey, strong, stoic, and cold...just as the son his mother the Winter Queen had always wanted.

While Kian has disappeared, Breena is left ruling Feyland and still in the beginning of rebuilding. Her heart aches for Kian, but now because of the Wolfstone, Logan and all the wolf fey's magic has been restored.

And a werewolf let loose with full fey magic is an enchanted Feyland to behold. But could Logan's newfound magic and role in Breena's life be enough for Breena to forget Kian?

About the author:

Kailin Gow is the author of over 100 books, with the majority of them for young adults. Her most popular series are: The Frost Series, PULSE Series, Desire Series, Wicked Woods, Steampunk Scarlett Novels, and more. A full-time author, she is also a producer, having worked in radio, television, and film. She grew up in Southern California, lived in Texas and England, and had traveled extensively around the world.

Links:
Website: www.KailinGowBooks.com
Blog: http://KailinGow.Wordpress.com
Twitter: http://Twitter.com/KailinGow
Facebook: http://Facebook.com/KailinGowBooks
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/KailinGow
Amazon : http://www.amazon.com/Enchanted-Series-Romantic-Fantasy-Adventure/dp/1597480525/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1353907283&sr=8-1&keywords=Enchanted+Frost





Book Review: Between by Jessica Warman

BetweenBetween
by Jessica Warman
Release Date: August 2nd, 2011
Publisher: Walker & Company
Format: Paperback ARC, 454 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8027-2182-2
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Goodreads  Summary: Elizabeth Valchar-pretty, popular, and perfect-wakes up the morning after her eighteenth birthday party on her family's yacht, where she'd been celebrating with her six closest friends. A persistent thumping noise has roused her. When she goes to investigate, what she finds will change everything she thought she knew about her life, her friends, and everything in between. As Liz begins to unravel the circumstances surrounding her birthday night, she will find that no one around her, least of all Liz herself, was perfect-or innocent. Critically acclaimed author Jessica Warman brings readers along on a roller-coaster ride of a mystery, one that is also a heartbreaking character study, a touching romance, and ultimately a hopeful tale of redemption, love, and letting go.

Cindy's Review: This is once again, another book I got from the Teen Read Week thing. I guess I'm finally reading those books since I'm too busy to go to the library and I always need a paperback copy in my hand, even though I'm reading ebooks at the same time. Ebooks make my eyes hurt, so I always tend to have a paperback copy I'm currently reading. And in this case, it's the Teen Read Week books I got. Plus, I like ARC copies, so it works. ;)
The Cover: 
Okay, I really didn't think much about the cover this. It's more like, oh it's another free book. Yes! And then it just added to my stack. But now that I'm actually looking at it, it kinda seems scary to me. The girl looks like she had just been hanged or something. It somehow states that she is lonely with no one around her. And she has pretty legs. Omg. I had to notice that though. Yes. Seems like she's dangling from heaven, looking straight at hell sort of thing. 

The Characters:
The main character of this book is a girl named Elizabeth Valchar. She's pretty, popular, perfect, and also what you would call bitchy. As bitchy as she is, I have to hate this other character in this book even more and it's Elizabeth's step-sister, Josie. OMG. Josie is like a total bitch that has a nice cover. (Excuse my language, but like really!) She pretends to be nice when the whole time she's been-----. Okay. Can't say anything. But one thing I'll say is "Like mother, like daughter."

I'll tell you more about Josie's mom, if you would like. Josie's mom, Nicole, and Liz's dad, Marshall, were high school sweethearts. They went their separate ways at college. Somehow they met again at a small village, but Liz's dad already met Liz's mom, Lisa. Even when Lisa was there, Nicole would like hit on Marshall. Nicole even had Josie already, but the townspeople thinks Marshall is cheating on Lisa with Nicole. They think Josie was Marshall's and Nicole's. So, in the end, Lisa ended up starving herself and died. So I guess you can say, you it's obvious, that Nicole killed Lisa. And not only that. Only one week after Lisa's death, Nicole immediately divorced her husband and became Liz's step-mom. Like tf! Omg.  I hope I didn't say too much. But it's totally 'like mother, like daugher.' And it's not a good thing this time. 

So, also there was this other guy, who helped Liz a lot. His name was Alex (Delirium <3) and he died at the age of seventeen from a car accident. The car accident actually connects everything together in this book somehow. It's like the final piece of the puzzle but you like won't get me until you read the book, so I'm not exactly spoiling anything, I hope.

OH, and there's Ritchie, who was Liz's boyfriend. I won't tell you much about him, but one thing is, Josie started dating Ritchie like the day after Liz's funeral. Omg. Like mother-like daughter. Oh. I know you have an idea. But let me tell you, it's not the reason Liz died though. Or maybe it's a part of the reason, but it's not the main reason. I kinda told you the answer, not really. It's more like I"m giving you the last piece of puzzle before you even made the puzzle. lol.

The Plot:
It was Liz's eighteen birthday, and Nicole and Marshall let her host a birthday party at her boat called Elizabeth. Everyone was drunk and passed out to sleep. Liz woke up to a thumping sound on the boat. She couldn't wake up anything else, so she decided to go outside to investigate. When she went outside, she saw herself floating in the waters, dead. 

People are saying her death is a drowning accident, but was it, really? Apparently, everyone on the boat was sleeping and no one heard a thing. I think I'm giving you guys way too much clues. But I wanna kill that--- . omg. No spoiling. K. 

There, Liz meets Alex, who was just one of those loners at school where everyone teased. Alex, who was also dead, because of the car accident I mentioned, started helping Liz, even though he hates. They were the only two people who can see, touch, and hear each other.

Liz basically lost her memory. Have you read Neal Shusterman's Everlost? You know how they are in between life and death. Like yes, they are dead, but they aren't exactly in heaven or hell. Yeah. That's Alex and Liz. They are here because they have some unfinished business on Earth. Apparently, it's too teach them to move on from their death and know the reason why they died. Liz can go back to memories that happened when she was alive when she closes her eyes. She can't sleep, so that is a reason she's always really tired.  

Plot in one short sentence: Liz is trying to discover who is behind her death.

The Ending:
I must say, the ending was pretty peaceful. I must give props to Liz's faithful boyfriend, despite him being a drug dealer.

The Bad: 
Hmmm. I can't really say anything was bad. I mean, there was nothing wrong with it. The book was really interesting, so no complaints here.

The Good: 
Well, if there's no complaints, I can say there's also no comments. lol. I hope you don't take this the bad way, but it was a just a pleasure read.

Mmmm. A confession: As bitchy as Liz is, I cried so much for her in this book. For her boyfriend. Her life. Her death. Her mom. Nicole stealing her dad. Etc.

Rating: (1-10): 8.5 
My average rating. ;)
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Quotes:
So guys, I finally got back to my quote reactions! At least, I actually put some sticky notes on the sides.

"In fact, it is what Nicole did. Right after my mom died. Like mother, like daughter."
That's where I got my phrase my from. Well, I heard of the phrase before I read this book, but this phrase really suits it really well.

"This is from the girl who stole five hundred dollars from me not two weeks ago."
Okay, I guess bitchy people have some bitchy friends as well. Not to be mean, but it's true.

"The world would be better off without you, Liz."

Ouch! But that came from a girl Liz was kinda going girl-crazy on. Pulling her hair etc. 

Okay. I have like three quotes, but it's a start. ;) 

Happy Reading~


Saturday, November 24, 2012

November 24th, 2012 (Inevitable)

So after a really long time, literally two months, of not touching the book I had started to write, Inevitable, I finally took it up again. :) I reread the first two chapters and finished up Chapter 3.

I like the end of Chapter 3 :) Yay. I need to continue it up. I heard from my friend that if you publish a book before you get into college, it will help with your applications. I could use some help. :)

I feel like the main character, Arabelle changed a bit from Chapter One and Two to Chapter Three. Maybe it was the time period, but Arabelle seems to be more quirky. I guess it's a good thing.

Book Review: Someone Else's Life by Katie Dale

Someone Else's LifeSomeone Else's Life
By Katie Dale
Release Date: February 14th, 2012 (Sweet! It's Valentine's Day! ;)
Publisher: Random House Inc. 
Format: Paperback ARC, 445 pages
ISBN: 978-0-385-74065-4
Get a Copy:
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       iBookstore

Goodreads Summary: When 17-year-old Rosie's mother, Trudie, dies from Huntington's Disease, her pain is intensified by the knowledge that she has a fifty percent chance of inheriting the crippling disease herself. Only when Rosie tells her mother's best friend, "Aunt Sarah," that she is going to test for the disease does Sarah, a midwife, reveal that Trudie wasn't her real mother after all. Rosie was swapped at birth with a sickly baby who was destined to die.
Devastated, Rosie decides to trace her real mother, joining her ex-boyfriend on his gap year travels, to find her birth mother in California. But all does not go as planned. As Rosie discovers yet more of her family's deeply buried secrets and lies, she is left with an agonizing decision of her own, one which will be the most heart breaking and far-reaching of all.

Cindy's Review: Yes, this is another one of those free books I got from San Leandro's Public Library's Teen Read Week. When I first saw the book, I didn't expect it to be this good. ;)

Also, I asked the author for an author interview, but she never replied to my questions, but I hope at least she's reading my reviews. ;) 

The Cover:
At a glance, I would say it was a sad book. From the title, I thought of The False Princess plot, where this girl finds out one day that she is not the true princess. You can find out more about it through the link above. But it turns out it's actually a whole different, and different story. 

The Characters: 
The book starts off with Rosie's POV. Rosie's mother, Trudie died of Huntingdon's disease. At the age of seventeen, she had to suffer through her mother's death alone, taking it really hard. When she learned that she had 50% chance of inheriting Huntingdon's Disease, she decides to check up. There, she learns a whole lot more of her story and her messed up family tree. 

At the end of each chapter, there would another girl's POV. At first, I thought it was Rosie's true mother's POV, but it turns out it was Holly's, the girl who was living the Rosie's life. Holly is actually the true daughter of Trudie.

The Plot: 
The book begins with Rosie, after Trudie's death. It is then and there when Rosie finds out that she was swapped at birth, with the real Rosie. In this case, her name is Holly. When Rosie (the one who's supposed to be Holly), her mother left her in the hospital and ran away. Holly (the real Rosie), was sick and weak. Trudie's best friend, also known as Rosie's Aunt Sarah, who works as a nurse there, quietly  switched the babies. She thought the real Rosie wouldn't survive. That same night, Trudie's husband, David died in a car crash. Sarah didn't want Trudie to suffer even more. Little does she know, that that tiny switch there changed two young girl's lives. 

When Rosie finds out she isn't Trudie's true daughter, she sets out to hunt for her mother and father with her ex-boyfriend, Andy. When she finds out that Holly really did survive, she sets out to tell Holly about Huntingdon's Disease, but Holly doesn't believe her. Holly thinks Rosie is trying to take her life.  When Rosie isn't being accepted by Holly and Holly just might be taking her ex-boyfriend from her, what does Rosie do?

The Ending:
The ending? Truly good. ;) Reminds me of kdrama endings. ;) (Btw, if you don't know me, I'm also a korean pop fan <3) The ending is a few years after the setting of the book. So it's later on, kinda like in a kdrama, after they got over their love, a little, and moved back on to daily life. The resolution in a story map. Yeah. But in the end, they do end up together kind of thing. And then they sail away on a boat or whatever. Get the feeling? Yeah. I'm probably not making sense. LOL

The Bad:
Hmmmm. The POV at the end of each chapter was kinda confusing. It wasn't till later on that I caught on it was another girl. At first, I thought it was Rosie's thoughts and or like a from a different time-period Rosie. But I guess it was kinda how it also sucked me in to reading more of the book.

The Good: 
The book was really attention sucking. I couldn't even put it down. ;) Oh. And I also cried when her ex-boyfriend started like caring about Holly. Yeah. Stupid me. LOL. 

Rating: (1-10): 9.2!!

Happy Reading~

Friday, November 23, 2012

Book Review: Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone

Time Between UsTime Between Us
By Tamara Ireland Stone
Release Date: October 9th, 2012
Publisher: Hyperion
Format: Paperback ARC, 384 pages
Get a Copy: 
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Goodreads Summary: Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet: she lives in 1995 Chicago and he lives in 2012 San Francisco. But Bennett has the unique ability to travel through time and space, which brings him into Anna’s life, and with him a new world of adventure and possibility.

As their relationship deepens, the two face the reality that time may knock Bennett back to where he belongs, even as a devastating crisis throws everything they believe into question. Against a ticking clock, Anna and Bennett are forced to ask themselves how far they can push the bounds of fate, what consequences they can bear in order to stay together, and whether their love can stand the test of time.

Fresh, exciting, and deeply romantic, Time Between Us is a stunning, spellbinding debut from an extraordinary new voice in YA fiction.


Cindy's Review: OMG. This book. K. Let me start it off. With like a plot thing. Do you like romance? If yes, how would you like to go back in time and fall in love with someone from a different time period? I know. If it was me, I'll be like 'ugh. They're gonna be thirty when I'm sixteen. No way.' But not in this case. In this case, it's totally romantic. And true love.

The Cover: 
Well. Let's see what attracted me to this book this time. Well. I guess, as greedy as it sounds, that it was free at the library. My Book Buddy thought it was a boring romance book from the cover. But boy, was she wrong. I actually like the cover. Maybe my judging is better than hers. lol. Or maybe she's just jealous. ;)

The Characters:
I feel like this book started off with Anna telling the story. Well. Actually I think Anna tells the entire story but it seems like it's more about Bennett than her. First of all, the name Anna seems kinda plain to me. No offense to the Anna's out there. Like I've read a lot of books that the main character's name is Anna. Why can't  the author make it more special? Either way, Anna lives in 1995. Well, she lives in 2011 too, but when she was in 1995, Evanston, Illinois, she was sixteen. She was Bennett's age. 

Bennett on the other hand is from San Francisco, California (Ayyyy! (;  <3 ) in 2011. He has this special random skill that allows him to air travel and time travel. It's cool, until he lost his sister in the 1995 time period. There he also met Anna, whom he fell in love with. Time travel is way confusing. The book started off with a thirty-year-old Anna giving a sixteen-year-old Bennett an envelope, but that sixteen-year-old Bennett haven't met the sixteen-year-old Anna yet back in 1995. Like I said, it's really really confusing. And truthfully, the name Bennett seems more like a last name to me. lol

The Plot:
Like I have already mentioned, Bennett time-traveled back to 1995 to find his sister, whom he lost while taking her to a concert. There, Bennett mat Anna. They fell in love, but how long can Bennett stay with her. I mean, he doesn't live in that time-period. When, one day, Bennett disappeared from Anna life forever, how does Anna face it? Is she going to be like the thirty-year-old Anna in 2011 where she never forgot Bennett or is she going to change her future? Or is Bennett gonna do something?

The Ending: 
Okey. The ending was perfect, but if you think too hard about it, it's gonna turn confusing. The whole time travel thing really confuses me.Like you're meeting yourself in the future who doesn't know about time travel. Like what? Forget it. But if you just leave the ending as it is, and admire the romance, than your brain won't burst with questions. ;)

The Bad: 
Mhmmm. I think this is towards all time-travel books. I'm not criticizing. I"m just saying. I know it's really really hard to clearly explain this whole confusing time-travel thing, but if one day, an author actually accomplish this, I'll be like really really grateful towards him/her.

The Good:
This book is so totally original. The creativity of this author is a blast. Like I love how you can go back in time and fall in love. Jeezzuz. So romantic <3

Rating: (1-10): 9.1!!

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