Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott

Book Title: Perfect You
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Release Date: March 25, 2008
Format: Paperback (282 pages)
Dates Read: November 20 to 22, 2011
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Kate Brown's life has gone downhill fast. Her father has quit his job to sell vitamins at the mall, and Kate is forced to work with him. Her best friend has become popular, and now she acts like Kate's invisible. And then there's Will. Gorgeous, unattainable Will, whom Kate acts like she can't stand even though she can't stop thinking about him. When Will starts acting interested, Kate hates herself for wanting him when she's sure she's just his latest conquest. Kate figures that the only way things will ever stop hurting so much is if she keeps to herself and stops caring about anyone or anything. What she doesn't realize is that while life may not always be perfect, good things can happen -- but only if she lets them...


Perfect You a few years ago, but for some reason never picked it up until recently. I’ve heard so many good things about Elizabeth Scott’s books so I knew I had to read it and I’m so glad I did.

While fantasy is a nice escape from the real world, books that are so real like Perfect You help you escape your own life without the escape being too out there. I think it actually makes you appreciate your own life more and the things you have when you read about someone elses troubles. Kate is struggling with all the relationships  in her life (family, friends, & boys). This is one of those struggles every teenager — and even adults — deal with because as a teen you’re struggling to find who you are and as an adult, everyone around you seems to constantly be changing in some way.

I felt so bad for Kate through Perfect You because all those around her were too self-involved. I wanted to slap all of them and shake her since she was basically letting it happen by not standing up to them. She lets them push her around and basically ignore her wants and her needs and don’t even consider how she might feel when they do or say things. Especially Will, who she has a love-hate relationship with. He can be a real jerk, while other times he’s really sweet. I think she needed to put her foot down in the beginning because if he really cared, he would’ve treated her respect sooner.

I loved that Perfect You focuses on one specific issue and I think that helps readers so much more if they are dealing with the same thing. It drove me so crazy to see it all happening to Kate that I feel like that really helps you to learn from it. I can’t wait to read more of Scott’s work!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Book Title: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
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Release Date: June 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover (352 pages)
Dates Read: October 26 to November 05, 2011
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A mysterious island.

An abandoned orphanage.

A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

I heard so much hype about Miss Peregrines’s Home for Peculiar Children that I knew I had to check it out. And it’s just so beautifully made and has all these cool pictures throughout helping to tell the story.

I had a hard time getting into Miss Peregrines’s Home for Peculiar Children for about the first 1/4 of it, but once the plot really got going, I was hooked. When Jacob was younger, his grandfather told him stories about all these kids with powers and his grandfather was so convinced they were real. After Jacob’s grandfather dies, weird things start happening so Jacob sets off in search of answers. It’s obvious he is still somewhat skeptical and isn’t really expecting to find much, especially not what he does end up find. Jacob travels back in time and he ends up finding this home his grandfather spoke of and see’s these kids are real.

Miss Peregrines’s Home for Peculiar Children is so creative and unique because Riggs found all these hold pictures and wrote a extremely well written story around them. He brought these imagines to life and made them feel so real. The way Miss Peregrines’s Home for Peculiar Children ended is could easily be a stand-alone book, but it leaves it open for another book to come into play and for the story to continue on. I’m so excited to see where it goes from here.

Follow Friday (6)


Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee

Which book genre do you avoid at all costs and why?

Anything that isn’t fiction. Especially autobiographies, biographies, and memoirs. When I read I like to escape and I none of those help me to do that.


Week in Review (includes last week too)

Reviews: 

Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares
Deadly Little Games by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Destined by P.C Cast & Kristin Cast
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Memes: 

In My Mailbox (5)
In My Mailbox (6)
Top Ten Tuesday (3)
Desperately Wanting Wednesday (3)

Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares

Book Title: Sisterhood Everlasting
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Series: #5
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Release Date: June 14, 2011
Format: eBook
Dates Read: December 21 to 27, 2011
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Despite having jobs and men that they love, each knows that something is missing: the closeness that once sustained them. Carmen is a successful actress in New York, engaged to be married, but misses her friends. Lena finds solace in her art, teaching in Rhode Island, but still thinks of Kostos and the road she didn’t take. Bridget lives with her longtime boyfriend, Eric, in San Francisco, and though a part of her wants to settle down, a bigger part can’t seem to shed her old restlessness.

Then Tibby reaches out to bridge the distance, sending the others plane tickets for a reunion that they all breathlessly await. And indeed, it will change their lives forever—but in ways that none of them could ever have expected.

As moving and life-changing as an encounter with long-lost best friends, Sisterhood Everlasting is a powerful story about growing up, losing your way, and finding the courage to create a new one.

I read The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series when I was about thirteen and I absolutely loved them. While I already liked reading, they are what really got me into it as much as I am now.

When I heard that Sisterhood Everlasting was going the 5th book in the series, I was so excited. I was curious to see where the story would go, especially since the girls were all grown up.

From the beginning, it’s obvious that the girls aren’t as close as they were before. Sisterhood Everlasting takes on a whole different feel from the other four books. The girls seem to have more trouble dealing with life as adults than when they were younger.

I was shocked at how the story started and how the story developed because it’s definitely unexpected. I was kind of irritated with the tone of most of Sisterhood Everlasting and how depressing it was. The first books were just so happy and had this almost young, carefree vibe to them. I just wished the girls had kept to that, and tried harder to stay as close as they had been.

However, I still enjoyed Sisterhood Everlasting, just not as much as I hoped I was going to. If you loved this series, you really should pick this up because it’s interesting to see where the girls are 10 years later. The way it ends is really good though since everything comes together so well and the girls learn so much about themselves, what it really means to be happy, and to just appreciate life and everything you have because things can be taken so quickly.

In My Mailbox (6)


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Gifts from April at Book Away:
Linger by Maggie Stiefvater Blake (Goodreads | Amazon)
The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab (Goodreads | Amazon)

For Review:
Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin (Goodreads | Amazon)
Scary School by Derek the Ghost (Goodreads | Amazon)

Deadly Little Games by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Book Title: Deadly Little Games
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Series: #3
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Release Date: December 28, 2010
Format: eBook
Dates Read: December 18 to 21, 2011
Rating:
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High school juniors Camelia and Ben have discovered a powerful bond: They both possess the power of psychometry, the ability to sense things through touch. For Ben, the gift is a frightening liability. When he senses a strong threat or betrayal, he risks losing control and hurting people. Camelia's gift is more mysterious. When she works with clay, her hands sculpt messages her mind doesn't yet comprehend.

Before either teen has a chance to fully grasp their abilities, a new danger surfaces, but this time, Camelia is not the target. Adam, a familiar face from Ben's past, is drawn into a puzzle he can't solve...and his life is on the line. As the clues pile up, Camelia must decide whether to help him and risk losing him or do nothing and suffer the consequences. But in these games, who can be trusted?

This series has a lot of my favorite elements — mystery, suspense, a thriller keeping you on the edge of your  seat and gave me the look-over-your-shoulder kind of creeps.

Deadly Little Games is my favorite in the series so far because the plot is different from the first two books in the series. Camelia is finally learning and not making the same mistakes – well, sort of. She is at least realizing how much is at stake and how serious and dangerous the situations are.

I love Ben and Camelia together, but in this book he was a bit of a jerk. I know he worries about her, but some of the things he did were just childish and uncalled for. It definitely shows how much more Camelia has grown and now Ben just needs to grow up a bit more as well so they can work together better.

I can’t Wait to read Deadly Little Voices because I really want Camelia and Ben to work out and I hope he changes his ways. I can’t wait to see where the story goes from this point and how her psychometry develops. Deadly Little Games is so intense and if you liked the first two books, you will love with one.

Destined by P.C. & Kristin Cast

Book Title: Destined
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Series: #9
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Publisher: (Imprint of )
Release Date: October 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover (325 pages)
Dates Read: November 05 to 09, 2011
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Zoey is finally home where she belongs, safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, by her side, and preparing to face off against Neferet -- which would be a whole lot easier if the High Council saw the ex-High Priestess for what she really is. Kalona has released his hold on Rephaim, and, through Nyx's gift of a human form, Rephaim and Stevie Rae are finally able to be together -- if he can truly walk the path of the Goddess and stay free of his father's shadow.

But there are new forces at work at the House of Night. An influx of humans, including Lenobia's handsome horse whisperer, threatens their precarious stability. And then there's the mysterious Aurox, a jaw-droppingly gorgeous teen boy who is actually more -- or possibly less -- than human. Only Neferet knows he was created to be her greatest weapon. But Zoey can sense the part of his soul that remains human, the compassion that wars with his Dark calling. And there's something strangely familiar about him . . .

Will Neferet's true nature be revealed before she succeeds at extinguishing Light? And will Zoey be able to touch Aurox's humanity in time to protect them all?

This is really hard for me to write because I started this series in the beginning of last year and Destined is the 9th book in the series.

There has been so much that has changed and developed in the story line between Marked and Destined. The characters have grown so much and are still changing and growing.

When the series started, I loved Eric Night and I wanted him and Zoey end up together. I loved Heath, but he fit better as the best friend in my opinion. Ever since Stark came into the picture, I’m him all the way. He and Zoey mean for each other and I wish Heath hadn’t been brought back.

More development about what is going on between Zoey, Neferet, Kalona and even Rephaim. Neferest is getting even worse, but I think that is a given. There is just something about Kalona though, that gives me hope for him. Stevie Rae helped change Rephaim and I think that Rephaim must help Kolona turn good and help fight Neferet.

Destined was a good installment to the series and ended on such a cliffhanger. I really curious to see where it goes from there.

Desperately Wanting Wednesday (3)


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New February Releases


The Catastrophic of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg

Dying of a broken heart is just the beginning.... Welcome to forever.

BRIE'S LIFE ENDS AT SIXTEEN: Her boyfriend tells her he doesn't love her, and the news breaks her heart—literally.

But now that she's D&G (dead and gone), Brie is about to discover that love is way more complicated than she ever imagined. Back in Half Moon Bay, her family has begun to unravel. Her best friend has been keeping a secret about Jacob, the boy she loved and lost—and the truth behind his shattering betrayal. And then there's Patrick, Brie's mysterious new guide and resident Lost Soul . . . who just might hold the key to her forever after.

With Patrick's help, Brie will have to pass through the five stages of grief before she's ready to move on. But how do you begin again, when your heart is still in pieces?


Partials by Dan Wells

The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. Reduced to tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but worse, no baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade. Our time is running out.

Kira, a sixteen-year-old medic in training, is on the front lines of this battle, seeing RM ravage the community while mandatory pregnancy laws threaten to launch what’s left of humanity into civil war, and she’s not content to stand by and watch. But as she makes a desperate decision to save the last of her race, she will discover that the survival of humans and Partials alike rests in her attempts to uncover the connections between them—connections that humanity has forgotten, or perhaps never even knew were there.


When the Sea is Rising Red by Cat Hellisen

After seventeen-year-old Felicita’s dearest friend Ilven kills herself to escape an arranged marriage, Felicita chooses freedom over privilege. She fakes her own death and leaves her sheltered life as one of Pelimburg’s magical elite behind. Living in the slums, scrubbing dishes for a living, she falls for charismatic Dash while also becoming fascinated with vampire Jannik. Then something shocking washes up on the beach: Ilven's death has called out of the sea a dangerous wild magic. Felicita must decide whether her loyalties lie with the family she abandoned . . . or with those who would twist this dark power to destroy Pelimburg's caste system, and the whole city along with it.

Top Ten Tuesday (3)


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Books I'd Recommend To Someone Who Doesn't Read

I decided to not focus on a specific genre, but on people who just don’t like to read at all. These are some books I think they should check out and would like, that could spark an interest in reading.



The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

This series is just amazing. Julie Kagawa takes Shakespear's A Midsummer Nights Dream and makes her own world based around it and makes it feel so real.


Babe in Boyland by Beth Gehrman

This is just such a cute quick read. It's about a girl who goes undercover to an all boys boarding school to get inside the mind of guys. If that doesn't catch a girls interest, I'm not sure what will.


Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

This is another series that is just amazing. When I first picked it up, I didn't expect to love it as much as I do. It's these love stories that seem hopeless but work out so amazing in the end.


Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

I can't even begin to explain the epicness that is this series. It is so well thought out and has so much detail of the history behind it that is enough on it's own to suck you in. But the action and romance and just the plot line just makes you want to keep reading.


The Alpha Bet by Stephanie Hale

If you love college or sororities, this is definitely for you. It's so real and you can easily imagine yourself there. I can't even explain to you why I love this book so much.


Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

If you love Vampires, you must read this series. Mead created her own type of vampires and I think it gives such a whole new twist to the world so many people new. It's refreshing.


Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

This book is just awesome. As so many other readers who have read this book. Another one that you can't explain why you love it, you just do and you can't help it.


The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

This is such a unique idea and like nothing I've ever heard about. A girl who can sense the echos of those who have been murdered and the imprints of their killer? That has awesomeness all over it.


Beastly by Alex Flinn

If you love Beauty and the Beast, you will love this unique, modern twist on the classic story. Enough said.


Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

This book will just make you feel so many things. It kind of helps you to learn about being in love and moving on after a heart break. It helps give you a new view on things.

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Book Title: The Body Finder
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Series: #1
Genres: , , , , ,
Publisher: (Imprint of )
Release Date: March 16, 2010
Format: Paperback (328 pages)
Dates Read: September 29 to October 09, 2011
Rating:
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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 that 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 the dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping 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.

When I read the synopsis of The Body Finder, I knew I had to read it because it was so different and I never heard of anything like it.

Violet has the ability to sense the dead bodies of those who have been murdered as well as who has killed someone or something. I give her a lot of kudos for that because the dead creeps me out and I couldn’t imagine being drawn to it. Or to know when you are in the vicinity of someone who has killed somebody.

A few girls goes missing and Violet starts finding the dead bodies of these girls. She begins to get tangled up in the mess of this serial killer. eventually she starts searching for him and putting herself in danger. I couldn’t imagine going through that and being put at risk.

I love romance in books, and The Body Finder gave just enough of it without it taking over the whole story line. It gives you exactly what you want to satisfy that craving.

The Body Finder is so engaging and suspenseful, going at the perfect pace and isn’t predictable. I found myself constantly questioning who the killer ones, even those you wouldn’t think would do it.