Sunday, December 19, 2010

What? You havent done your CHRISTMAS SHOPPING!!!

Written by Ari at 2:29 PM
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Yeah Im looking at you. Your guilty of NOT completely your shopping for that one person. That one family  member that tells you whatever you get they will love, even though you know that is a lie and that they put it in their basement. FOREVER. So here is some help :)

1.Sea by Heidi R Kling
2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
3. Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
4. The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
5. Return To Paradise by Simone Elkeles
6. Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margharet Stohl
7.Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
8. Shes So Dead To Us by Kieran Scott
9. Forget You by Jennifer Echols
10.Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

Now go buy Aunt Gertrude a YA novel that she will NOT PUT IN HER BASEMENT! (Yes I am referring to that scarf you gave hre last year that had her initials on it. Fail.)

Friday, December 3, 2010

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

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The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
Pages: 336
Pub Date: March 16, 2010
Author Website/Blog: http://kimberlyderting.blogspot.com/
Synopsis: Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her "power" to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes the dead leave behind in the world . . . and the imprints that attach to their killers. Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find dead birds her cat left for her. But now that a serial killer is terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, Violet realizes she might be the only person who can stop him. Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved by her hope that Jay's intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she's falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer . . . and becoming his prey herself.


I really wish I could just say this and finish the review. This is the girl Susie Salmon needed 30 years ago. Granted, it took me a while to get into the book, because Im not the worlds biggest fan of third person, but I still loved the book. It had an incredible cliff hanger, that to be honest, I had to go back and reread to help figure out a lot of the ending. This was a great story, with a hidden mystery that no one expects. No one knows it is there. Granted, tehre are several parts that had me rolling my eyes at the obviousness, yet I forgave the book. Because well teh actual story line was soooo much better. The characters feel real, like they are sitting right next to you. Again, a captivating book taht I couldnt let out of my hands. Enjoy it, dont question it,  and just go with it :)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

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Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
Pages: 290
Pub Date: June 1, 2009
Author Website/Blog: http://sarahockler.com/blog/
Synopsis: According to her best friend Frankie, twenty days in Zanzibar Bay is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling, and if they meet one boy every day, there's a pretty good chance Anna will find her first summer romance. Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but there's something she hasn't told Frankie---she's already had that kind of romance, and it was with Frankie's older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago.


I honestly think I was crying by chapter 2. Yes, it was that heart breaking. I couldnt help it. The book was just... I cant even describe it, yet I am trying to review it. Sarah Ockler basically ripped out my heart. She stuck it in a blender. And then she served it to me on a shiny white platter saying, "Just wait ten chapters, then youll feel like taking this back," with a bright smile on her face. I honestly, can not remember the last time an author did that to me. Twenty days, calculates somehow to twenty smiles, twenty tears, and twenty i told you so's. A few, extremely predictable parts, but then parts that just, drag you in and make you forget that some cliches may have occured. This book has a rocky, but beautiful start, it had me reading all night, yet, it almost had me in tears at the discovery that we do not learn all we want to learn by the end of  the book. But, that is also what a great book does, leave you wondering.
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