Aug 31, 2014

Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares |Review|

Happy Saturday!


About two weeks ago, I finished reading the second book to the Sisterhood series, and after I finished it, I tried writing my review, but I just couldn't! It was so hard. But finally, I've gotten it! So, please do enjoy!


By the way, who doesn't love a Gilmore Girls? ;)











Title: The Second Summer of the Sisterhood
Author: Ann Brashares
Genre: YA, Chick Lit, Contemporary
Pages: 373
Publisher:  Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 22nd, 2003
My rating: 2 stars

With a bit of last summer’s sand in the pockets, the Traveling Pants and the sisterhood who wears them—Lena, Tibby, Bridget, and Carmen—embark on their second summer together.

Bridget: Impulsively sets off for Alabama wanting to both confront and avoid her demons...but she can't keep the truth from the Pants.

Carmen: Is concerned that her mother is making a fool of herself over a man. When Carmen discovers that her mom borrowed the Pants to wear on a date, she's certain of it.

Tibby: Makes a movie she'd like to be proud of...while the Pants keep alive the memory of a friend who could see beyond appearances.

Lena: Has spent months hiding from love...only to find that she's at last ready to put on the Pants and let them lead her where they will.





                                                                         


I had hoped this book would change my mind about the series, but, unfortunately, it didn't. I kept putting off finishing this book because of how much it bored me. The characters were the same, annoying, bratty and frustrating. The plot was alright, it intrigued me a little bit more, but to be honest, I actually looked forward to reading about Carmen's mother! She was a lot more interesting than the girls!









                                                                     



Bridget: She finds out that her grandmother has been trying to contact her and her brother Perry her via letters ever since her mother died, but her father has been hiding those letters. Angrily, Bridget decides that she is going to Alabama to see her grandmother.

After her summer in California, Bridget has changed a lot. She dyed her hair brown, gained some weight, stopped playing soccer, and just hasn't been herself.

In my head, I was just thinking, "well, hello, that's the consequences of being careless," But in this book, actually I enjoyed Bridget a lot more. She was trying to find herself, just like all sixteen year old's do.

One of the things I was annoyed with was how the author left out why her father disliked Bridget's grandmother so much. Why would he hide all those letters? Through the entire book no information was given on that topic.

At the end though, it made me smile because it finally felt that she was happy again. I just hope she won't be as reckless in the third book as she was in the first. I enjoyed reading about her this time and I'm curious to know what she's going to be like in the next book.

Carmen: It's hard enough on her that her father got married last summer and has a new family now, but she just can't deal with her mom having a new beau and so she sets out to destroy their relationship!


First off..


My god girl, PULL YOURSELF TOGETHER! Carmen was nothing but a little selfish brat that only cared for her own self happiness. I despised how she was acting towards her mother, I despised how she treated everyone, I just despised her!

Her mom was so happy about being with David, once Carmen saw that, the only thought that came to her head was, "NO, YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BE HAPPY!" And she literally tries to sabotage their relationship, in which she succeeds. I was literally so close to throwing the book out in rain because of her.

If I do decide to read the third book, I do hope she's changed, because she's really starting to get on my nerves.


Lena: Last summer, Lena falls deeply in love with Kostos a handsome boy in Greece. When she returns home, she decides it's best to break up with him.

But this summer, she can't help but constantly think about him and want him, even though she broke up with him. Unfortunately, things start to fall apart at home and back in Greece.


I was really upset to read about Lena's summer. She was sad that she didn't have Kostos in her life anymore (even though she broke it off) and then a death in the family shook her even more. I felt really bad and I just wanted to hug her.

I felt like she was more interesting in the second book than in the first one. She just seemed dull in the first summer, and this time, I felt like I could see what she felt and thought. I did enjoy Lena's character this time around and I'm curious to know what her third summer will be like.

Tibby: She is off to a summer film program, trying to be someone she's not while also trying to forget about Bailey's death last summer. She is assigned to make a movie about anything and she chooses to do it about her mother, but learns that it wasn't the right decision. Instead, she makes a video about someone special to her.

I felt the same way about Tibby just as I did with Carmen. She was acting like a complete butt head to her family, friends, and even Brian, the guy that likes her. I was so upset with how she was treating everyone that cared for her, that sometimes I would just skip a few pages.

I was also upset at how she would treat her mom and the things she thought about her family sometimes. I also hated how she treated Brian. He was nothing but nice to her and she just didn't care. She had a "I hate the world attitude and no one cares about me," and to be frank, it annoyed me.


Overall, if I do decide to read the next book, I do hope the characters have a drastic change to their attitudes.

Feel free to leave a comment and tell me what you thought on the book if you've ever read it!


Happy reading!






Aug 28, 2014

Liebster Award #2 & Pretty Little Liars Episode Talk!

Happy Thursday!


Alright, before I start this blog post, can I ask my fellow PPL fans something? Was this your reaction to Tuesday's episode? Because holy freaking enchiladas, I was surprised as frick. I was literally screaming in my head "WHAT? HOW? WHY? NOOOOOOO!" We are all going to be 90 years old before we find out who 'A' is. Do you guys have any ideas on who 'A' could be? Leave your thoughts in the comments! :)




Now back on topic! I got nominated a second time for a Liebster Award! WOOHOO! If you haven't already checked out my first one, feel free to click here! If you don't know what a Liebster Award is, it is an award that is given to new bloggers to help with blog views and followers.


I want to give a big shout out to Martikaa for nominating me! Thank you so much! Go and check out her blog here.







The rules are:

1. Thank the blogger who nominates you.
2. Answer the 11 questions she/he asks of you.
3. List 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers.
5. Ask these 11 bloggers 11 questions of your own.
6. Let them know you have mentioned them.

So let's get started, shall we? 





1. What do you like the most about being a book blogger?


I love being able to express my opinion on something that I love. I love writing and I thought why not make a book blog? It includes writing and books, and I love both of them! I also love connecting with other people who like the same things as me. 


2. What book has been your hardest to review. Why?

The Sisterhood series. My god, I finished the second book a week and a half ago and I still haven't finished the rest of my review. I procrastinate like it's my job. *giggles*

3. 5 facts about you. (non-book related)

1. I have cat. His name is Mr. Jingles. When we first got him, we thought he was a girl, and we named him Tiffany.
2. My favorite tv shows are Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Pretty Little Liars and The Originals!
3. I am somewhat of a tomboy and girly girl. 
4. My mom is an author.
5. I want to attend Cordon Bleu after high school.


4. What was your favorite book(s) growing up?

My favorite books growing up would have to be the Harry Potter series. I loved them all!

5. What is your favorite trilogy? (not series)

I don't think I have a favorite trilogy. I'm wanting to buy Beth Revis's Across the Universe trilogy, and I loved the first book. Just have to get the other two books now. *gets on knees* I NEED THEM!

6. If you were living in a Dystopian world where as a team, you had to overthrow the government or society, 
what 4 other fictional characters would you choose to assist you?

Hermione Granger from Harry Potter = Wizard
Cammie Morgan from the Gallagher Series  = Spy
Bryn from Going Down in Flames = Dragon
Kacie Ramsey  from Tortured Souls - Can see the ghosts

7. If you could re-write any book, what would it be? Why?

I think it would be...The Fault in Our Stars. In my opinion, I disliked it so freaking much. The characters were boring, some of the things the characters did, made me want to slap them with the book itself!

8. Have a book boyfriend or girlfriend? Spill the tea on who they are.

I think my book boyfriend would have to be...Zach from the Gallagher series!

9. What is your all time favorite book? (just one, I wanted to make it a bit difficult lol)

My all time favorite book would be Wake Unto Me by Lisa Cach! 

10. Do you have any other hobbies besides reading and blogging?

I love to cook and bake, write poems and stories, I love to play video games and shop for books. :) 

11. Even though it's a bit early for a top 10 list of your favorite books for 2014, what 3 books are you 100% certain will make it on the list this year.

Actually, I haven't read lots of books from this year. For now, the only one on the list is;

1. Going Down In Flames by Chris Cannon 

12. Hate is a strong word, but what book(s) do you absolutely despise? 

I despise the book The Fault in Our Stars, and the Twilight series. I have nothing more to add because it will be a very long rant. 


Thank you again Martikaa for the lovely questions! I won't be nominating anyone else because in my last post, I already nominated 11 people, and it'll be a challenge to find 11 other blogs. If you are curious to know who I nominated, here is a list. 



                                          1. Emily at Follow The Yellow Book Road
                                          2. Kimberly at Kimberly and Company       
                                          3. Erin at The Hardcover Lover
                                          4. Naban at The Literary Oracle
                                          5. Connie at The YA Book Thief
                                          6. Martika at Fangirl Confessions 
                                          7. Blessie at Mischievous Reads
                                          8. Morrighan Rose at Elysian Fields Book Reviews 
                                          9. Clarissa at Books Equal Awesomeness
                                          10. Sheridan at I Turn the Pages
                                          11. Belle at at Fangirling Misses


Go on over and check out all of their lovely blogs!

Happy reading! 








Aug 27, 2014

Liebster Awards and Nominations!

Happy Monday! 

I just found out that I got nominated for a Liebster Award! 



I've never heard of a Liebster Award until a few days ago, when I saw other book bloggers posting about it. It's basically given to new bloggers who have less than 200 followers. The award is to help build up your blog's views and followers. I've been blogging for only two months now, so I was basically dancing like that when I found out that I was nominated! 

I received my nomination from the lovely Blessie so a huge shout out to her! Thank you so much! Go and check out her blog here






The rules are:

1. Thank the blogger who nominates you.
2. Answer the 11 questions she/he asks of you.
3. List 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers.
5. Ask these 11 bloggers 11 questions of your own.
6. Let them know you have mentioned them.

So let's get started, shall we? 

1. First book you've ever read of your favorite genre.

Hmmm..the first book...I think it was Wake Unto Me by Lisa Cach. My favorite genre would be Paranormal so I was pretty excited to read this one. It is about a girl, Caitlyn, who earns a scholarship to a French boarding school. But she doesn't know the secrets behind it, and how it's haunted by a handsome young man that has been dead for over four hundred years. I've read this book about four times and I've absolutely loved it every single time!   

2. What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading Darker Days by Jus Accardo. Who doesn't love reading about a girl that can kick a zombie's ass? ;)

3. If you were given the chance meet any character from a fictional book of your own choice, who and why?

I would want to meet Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series. I've always loved her in the books and movies. Plus, how cool would it be to be friends with a girl wizard? 

4. Most anticipated book of 2015.

I am really looking forward to reading The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black! I was jumping around like a mad woman when I read the description of the book. My hopes are high for this one and I hope I won't be disappointed.

5. If you were to stay in a place for a year and can only bring five books to read, which would you bring?

Ah, man. If I could, I would bring my whole freaking bookshelf. I would bring the trilogy Across the Universe by Beth Revis. The other two would be Oh. My. Gods. and Goddess Boot Camp by Tera Lynn Childs.

6. How many books do you personally own?

I own 24 books physically, and over 200 e-books. If I lived in the states, I would probably have more paperbacks and hardcovers, which my dad would kill me for because he would then have to make me a bookshelf. Mexico has only one good book store that I go to, and of course, the library has some good books as well.

7. If you could live in a fictional world, which would you choose and why?

I would so live in the Gallagher Girls world by Ally Carter! I would love being a spy that can travel the world and kick some ass!

8. If you could have any supernatural ability to use forever, which and why?

Ah man. So many to choose from..I think I would have to either go with teleportation or being immortal. I'm sorry, but I can't choose one! I would want to choose teleportation because I could teleport anywhere and not have to pay! And being immortal, well, who doesn't want to live forever?  ;)

9. What's your take on books turned into movies? Like or dislike?

I like watching movies that were first books. I love getting to see another persons idea on what they think the characters look like, and I love to see if they put the same image I had in my head on screen.

10. Five facts about yourself. 

1. I love to write. Writing has been a very big part of me ever since second grade.
2. I am an aspiring chef/baker. Get ready to see my very own cooking website in just a few weeks! ;)
3. My favorite movie of all time would be Pompeii and my favorite tv show (s) would be Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. Can I get an A-FREAKING-MEN GIRLS?!
4.I love history. It's my favorite subject in school. :)
5. One time when I was little, I lost my two front teeth in a game of hide-and-seek..

11. What's up next on your TBR shelf?

I have over 355 books on my TBR shelf. A little out of control if you couldn't already tell, haha! But the ones I really want to read would be, Tortured Souls by Kimber Leigh Wheaton, Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell and Blonde Ops by Charlotte Bennardo.


Thank you for the wonderful questions Blessie! :)

Here are my 11 questions for the people I'm going to nominate!

1. What do you like most about blogging?
2. Where is your favorite place to read?
3. What is your favorite book/series?
4. Do you have any books that you disliked or hated?
5. What is your favorite tv show/movie?
6. How many books do you own in physically and in e-book?
7. What is/was your favorite subject in school?
8. Who is your favorite author?
9.  If you were stranded on an island, what three things would you bring with you?
10. Who is your favorite actor/actress?
11. If you could date any fictional character in any book, who would it be?



                                                     People I Nominated! 



                                          1. Emily at Follow The Yellow Book Road
                                          2. Kimberly at Kimberly and Company       
                                          3. Erin at The Hardcover Lover
                                          4. Naban at The Literary Oracle
                                          5. Connie at The YA Book Thief
                                          6. Martika at Fangirl Confessions 
                                          7. Blessie at Mischievous Reads
                                          8. Morrighan Rose at Elysian Fields Book Reviews 
                                          9. Clarissa at Books Equal Awesomeness
                                          10. Sheridan at I Turn the Pages
                                          11. Belle at at Fangirling Misses




Happy reading!






Aug 23, 2014

Sunburn (Fear Street #19) by R.L. Stine |Review|

Happy Saturday! It's finally the weekend for me! Since I have school on Saturday, I'm always excited after 12 o' clock! And what better way to celebrate than review a good, cozy mystery?













Title: Sunburn (Fear Street 19)
Author: R. L. Stine
Genre: YA, Mystery, Horror
Pages: 146
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books
Publication Date: June 1st, 1993
My Rating: 4.5 stars
You could get burned...



The perfect suntan. Soaking up the rays. Fun on the beach. That's what Claudia Walker had in mind when she accepted her friend Marla's invitation to spend the weekend at her cliffside beach house. Little did she know that horrible accidents—fatal accidents— would occur on the beach and in the house.

But Claudia knows they're not "accidents". She's sure somebody is out to get them...out to kill them. The week of "fun in the sun" has turned dark and deadly!









                                                                        


A month and a half ago, I saw this at my library and thought I'd pick it up just to have it. I kept putting it off, thinking that it might be childish or silly. Boy was I WRONG! I started reading it on Thursday and could not put it down! I finished it literally in an hour and a half. The writing was great; it kept drawing me in and made me want to continue to turn the page. I loved the characters, even though they were sometimes dense to what was happening around them. Yes, the plot was a tiny bit cliché, but what mystery/horror book isn't? It was a fun, quick read and I loved it. 



                                                                    



Claudia: Claudia is the main character of the story. One day, she receives a letter from her old camp buddy, Marla, stating that her parents are out of town for the week, so she invites Claudia and her two other old camp buddies Sophie and Joy to her family mansion in Summerhaven. 

Happily, she accepts the invitation and the next day she's off. But once she arrives in Summerhaven, it's not what she expects at all! 

I loved this character. I was completely drawn to her in every page. I felt terrible about what happened to her in the first few pages, but seriously, who falls asleep while being buried under the sand and under the burning sun? 

One of the things that annoyed me was that she was dense to the fact that someone she knew left her out there purposely to drown!  

Overall, I liked Claudia and she was an enjoyable character. 


Sophie & Joy: Both of these girls are best friends with Claudia and Marla and they are also invited to Marla's mansion. Not only is Claudia experiencing stranger accidents, but so are these two girls.

Sophia and Joy weren't always in the book, but I enjoyed them. They were fun, quirky, and would sometimes put a smile on my face.

I could obviously tell what was going to happen and who the killer was, but I still loved the book.  At the end of the book though the murderer is at their feet and Claudia and this mysterious boy Daniel, who is the butler's son are freaking kissing! I laughed my butt off when this happened.


"Did you really believe I was a ghost?" he asked, pulling her nearer. "Maybe," she replied softly. He smiled. "How can I prove that I'm not a ghost?" he asked, his dark eyes lighting up.

Claudia raised her face to his and kissed him. "You pass the test. You're not a ghost," she told him. "Now let's get out of this rain." Walking side by side, they made their way to the house. 


Overall, I loved this book and I would recommend it to anyone who loves a quick, fun, easy read.

I always love reading your guys comments so feel free to leave me one and let me know if you've read any of R.L. Stine's books and if you enjoyed them or not!




Happy reading! 






Aug 22, 2014

Compulsion by Martina Boone Book Trailer Reveal & Giveaway!

Happy Friday! I am so excited to share with you the book trailer reveal of Martina Boone's book Compulsion!

Compulsion is set to release on October 28. Before I show you the trailer, here is a little information about the book.



Compulsion by Martina Boone
Release Date : October 28, 2014
Publisher : Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse 

Summary 

Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.

All her life, Barrie Watson had been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lived with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead--a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family's twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.


PRAISE FOR COMPULSION

"Compulsion is a stunningly magical debut with a delicious slow burn to be savored. I want to live in this story world!" -- Wendy Higgins, USA Today and NYT bestselling author of the Sweet Evil Trilogy from HarperTeen

"A star-crossed romance, lush gothic plantations, and an island full of intrigue--COMPULSION was a heart-pounding race to the finish! A thrilling debut!" -- Kimberly Derting, author of The Body Finder series

"Beautifully written, with vivid characters, a generations-old feud, and romance that leaps off the page, this Southern ghost story left me lingering over every word, and yet wanting to race to the compelling finish. Martina Boone's COMPULSION is not to be missed." -- Megan Shepherd, Author of THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER


                                         PRE-ORDER COMPULSION TODAY!

                                 | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indie Bound |





                                                             About the Author

Martina Boone was born in Prague and spoke several languages before learning English. She fell in love with words and never stopped delighting in them. 

She's the founder of AdventuresInYaPublishing, a Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers site, and YASeriesInsiders, a site devoted to encouraging literacy and this YA series. 

From her home in Virginia, where she lives with her husband, children, and Auggie the wonder dog, she enjoys writing contemporary fantasy set in the kinds of magical places she’d love to visit. When she isn’t writing, she’s addicted to travel, horses, skiing, chocolate flavored tea, and anything with Nutella on it.




                                                          Connect with Martina Boone! 

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                                                               | Giveaway! |


Martina has put together a fabulous collection of her favorite signed books and series, hot new titles, and popular old favorites, not to mention ARCs of Compulsion, adorable totes with quotations from the book hand-painted by Becca at Pivot Book Totes, key necklaces like Barrie Watson wears in the book, special tree necklaces based on the Devil’s Oak, Compulsion book cover necklaces, ‘She also has a Compulsion for reading’ tote bags, bookmarks with cute brass keys, bookmarks with Wicked Bookcraft book art, and more .!









HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:

We’ll start with a set of prizes in the Compulsion Prize Vault. All giveaways are international.

You can grab a key code from one or more of the participating websites in the list below, and enter it in the Rafflecopter form here on this page. Or fill out the Google form, if that’s easier, or if you want to enter additional key codes. We will combine entries from both forms to select winners.

Whichever form you complete, your mailing address will be required and will need to be correct. With this many prizes, we will not be able to email winners and wait for them to respond. We will not be responsible for lost or misdirected packages.

You’ll get extra points for adding Compulsion on Goodreads, joining the mailing list (see form in the righthand sidebar) for future giveaways, and sharing the book trailer with your friends..

For each 300 views of the Compulsion book trailer before 10/1/14, we’ll randomly select winners for all the prizes in the Prize Vault and unlock new prizes at random from Prize Lockup. On 10/1/14, we’ll start unlocking additional prizes for pre-orders.

ALL prizes in both Prize Lockup and the Compulsion Prize Vault will be given away at random on or before 11/1/14. If we run out, I’ll add more to ensure that there will be a minimum of TEN book prize packs (mixed signed and unsigned) given away on 11/1/14, plus additional Compulsion swag.

Want to automatically be entered for ALL prizes in both vaults? Every single one? Pre-order Compulsion!

Provide an order or receipt number when you enter, and we’ll automatically add you to EVERY giveaway from then on. Even if you've previously won, you will still be eligible for more prizes. So if you see a prize you want, go order Compulsion soon!





Happy reading and good luck!








Aug 12, 2014

Update On Me & Blog

Happy Tuesday!

I apologize for not making a blog post the past few days. School started this Monday and I've still been sick so unfortunately my ideas are kind of not there at the moment.

Has anyone seen this week's PPL episode? Nothing really exciting happened, but I'm hoping in the episodes to come there will be.


I'm sorry this is a short post, but I will be posting a review either tomorrow or the next day so don't miss it!


Happy reading!

Aug 6, 2014

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares | Review

Happy Wednesday!

Today has been such a rough day for me. I caght my sister's fever  just yesterday, it starting out as a headache and then cold spots on my body. And now, I feel like a popsicle that's been thrown at wall by a child multiple times. *shivers*  I recently just watched the Sisterhood movie, and I loved it. So, I thought I'd try the book series.

Please enjoy reading about my review on the first book in the Sisterhood series by Ann Brashares!





Title: Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Sisterhood #1)
Author: Ann Brashares
Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 294
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: September 11th, 2001
My rating: 2 stars

Carmen got the jeans at a thrift shop. They didn’t look all that great: they were worn, dirty, and speckled with bleach. On the night before she and her friends part for the summer, Carmen decides to toss them.

But Tibby says they’re great. She'd love to have them. Lena and Bridget also think they’re fabulous. Lena decides that they should all try them on. Whoever they fit best will get them. Nobody knows why, but the pants fit everyone perfectly. Even Carmen (who never thinks she looks good in anything) thinks she looks good in the pants. Over a few bags of cheese puffs, they decide to form a sisterhood and take the vow of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants . . .  the next morning, they say good-bye.

And then the journey of the pants — and the most memorable summer of their lives — begins.








                                                                        


After starting the first book, I found there was a lot different between the movie and the book. What I love about the movie, did not translate well in the book. I understand the movie will not always be the same as the book, so my review will only be on what I thought about the book itself.

I was quite dissapointed with book one. Going in, I had high hopes for this one but I felt let down. I found all of the characters annoying and frustrating, the plot was cliché, and it just didn't intrigue me at all. Keep reading to find out my thoughts on each character.



                                                                          



Carmen: For the summer, Carmen is visiting her Dad who lives up in South Carolina. She rarely gets to see him, so spending the summer with him is extremely exciting for her. What she doesn't expect to see is a blonde lady with two kids waiting at the house for her.

I really didn't like Carmen's chapters. She had a terrible temper and it annoyed me sometimes. If I were in her situation, sure, I would be pretty ticked off and hurt. But she over reacted on some occasions and sometimes was uncessarly rude to her step family. All of it just felt..well fake. Her stepfamily trying so hard to be nice, and Carmen trying to do the same but just coming off as a biatch. Carmen was an okay character, but she wasn't my favorite.

Tibby: While her three best friend are off to travel the world, Tibby is stuck at home working at Wallmans. She decides to make a suckamentary - a video document of boring people for Tibby to prove how much her summer sucked- On her first day work, she meets this girl Bailey, a twelve year old girl diagnosed with luekemia and it changes her whole summer. 

I didn't hate Tibby's character, nor did I like her. I felt like she was a whiny teenager that just needed to get over herself. She had the whole 'I hate the world attitude' and it frustated me. If you want to do something for the summer, then get a fun job, do something new, take risks, whatever! But she needed to get over herself. 

Bridget: For the summer, Bridget is travelling down to Baja California, Mexico for an all girls soccer camp. When she gets there, her eyes are set on one of the teams coaches, Eric. Immediately, she wants him.

Bridget was impuslive, reckless and just didn't think things through. When all the girls were getting assigned to their teams, Bridget spots Eric, one of the coaches who is a few years older than her. Bridget can't help but want him, so she does everything in her power to get his attention. Let the wind flow through her hair while she's looking at him, follow him to a bar with a few of friends of hers and dance agaisnt him and other things that just came off as annoying. It made me want to reach inside the book, grab her by the shoulders and yell, "What the fluff is wrong with you? PULL YOURSELF TOGETHER!"

She is freaking fifteen years old and he is nineteen. She is a student, and he's the coach. She could care less about him losing his job and her getting kicked out, oh but no, the only thing she cares about is doing the hanky panky with him!

I wanted so bad for Bridget to be at the camp for her love for sports. Not for some random dude she just met. This character was a real big disappoint to me.

Lena: For the summer, Lena is travelling to Greece to visit her grandparents.  Lena is very shy and hates to show off her beauty. Her first few days there her grandmother sets her up with Kostos, a charming  friend of the family. He tries his best to get to know her better, but, Lena is wary,and tries to avoid him as much as possible. Problems occur when an iccident happens between Kosto's and Lena, making things difficult between the two familes.


I found Lena to be very dull. All she did was paint, sketch, or walk around the house and city. She just didn't draw me in. I was hoping the book would be like the movie. I hoped that she would talk to him, go on small adventures with him, and actually fall in love with him the right way. Not ignore him the whole summer, and then tell you love him when you're about to leave. I found that to be so idiotic. How can you fall in love with someone you don't even know?! Like all the other characters, I just wasn't interested.

I'm thankful the movie came out better than the first book. I'm currently reading the second book, and so far it's okay. 

Feel free to leave a comment telling me if you've ever read the series and how much you liked/disliked it. Also, be sure to follow my blog to catch up on my review for the second Sisterhood book! 




Happy reading!







Aug 3, 2014

Sassy Sunday {Puerto Vallarta Sight-seeing & August's New Releases!}

Happy Sassy Sunday!

Today, my family and I went on a three hour drive to Punta de Mita which is located on the North end of Banderas Bay in the Mexican state of Nayarit. Since it's still vacation time for some people, there were lots of teenagers and families there at the beach and also the resorts and hotels. I wasn't able to get many good pictures since we were driving, but I was able to pick up at least two good ones.



I've never seen that cat statue up there before, but it was just amazing to look at! We used to have a miniature one in our old house but we threw it out once we moved. It looked exactly like the one in the picture which I thought was funny. The ocean looked so beautifully blue, I just wanted to run down there, a good book in one hand and a iced caramel coffee in the other! 


Speaking of books, since it is the beginning of August, I decided to talk about a few book releases of this month that I am excited for.



#1 Deadly Little Sins (Prep School Confidential #3) by Kara Taylor - Release Date - August 5th



I haven't read the Prep School Confidential series just yet, but I am dying to! The covers looked gorgeous, the title is a little mysterious and the blurbs of the whole series seem interesting. 

- BLURB -

It’s August and Anne is back in New York City for the summer, but she can’t escape the memories of the terrible things that happened at the Wheatley School last spring— and the possibility of being expelled looming over her.

When an unexpected— and suspicious— turn of events gets Anne sent back to Wheatley, she’s determined to figure out what happened to her favorite teacher and only adult ally at the school: Ms. Cross.
After a shocking, gruesome murder with connections to the Wheatley School occurs, Anne is convinced there’s more to Ms. Cross’s sudden disappearance, and that her favorite teacher is in danger. But after an ugly breakup with Brent and a new, inexplicable distance between her and Anthony, Anne isn’t sure who she can trust. And even worse, Anne discovers evidence that someone at Wheatley is covering up what really happened to Ms. Cross— someone who will stop at nothing to keep Anne from learning the truth in this engrossing, un-put-downable read.





Opposition (Lux #5) by  Jennifer L. Armentrout - Release Date - August 5th


Unfortunately, I've also haven't been able to read the Lux series. I don't really like to read much of Science Fiction unless it has a little bit of romance. But this series does, so I'm going to have to give this one a read! 

- BLURB -

Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.

She can't believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.

They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing.




The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco - Release Date - August 5th 


I always love a good thriller/mystery book and this seems like the perfect one to have a nice hot coco with.. if it were in the winter! I can already tell that this book will have me on the edge of my seat!

- BLURB -

You may think me biased, being murdered myself. But my state of being has nothing to do with the curiosity toward my own species, if we can be called such. We do not go gentle, as your poet encourages, into that good night. 

A dead girl walks the streets. She hunts murderers. Child killers, much like the man who threw her body down a well three hundred years ago.

And when a strange boy bearing stranger tattoos moves into the neighborhood so, she discovers, does something else. And soon both will be drawn into the world of eerie doll rituals and dark Shinto exorcisms that will take them from American suburbia to the remote valleys and shrines of Aomori, Japan.

Because the boy has a terrifying secret - one that would just kill to get out. 


Gates of Thread and Stone (Gates of Thread and Stone #1) by Lori. M. Lee - Release Date - August 5th



When I read the blurb of this book, I was really excited. The blurb I love, the title I love and I ADORE the cover! *fans my face with hand* Sorry..fan girl moment. I have high hopes for this one. It seems like it would be a great book, but I'll only have to wait two more days till I can get my hands on it! 

- BLURB -

In the Labyrinth, we had a saying: keep silent, keep still, keep safe.

In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret—she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since. Kai doesn’t know where her ability comes from—or where she came from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her.

Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She will leave the only home she’s ever known and risk getting caught up in a revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power.



What are your most exciting releases of August? Have I mentioned the ones you are wanting to get your hands on? 






Aug 2, 2014

Under Maintenance & Free Kindle Books!

Happy Saturday! I have nine more days before I start school again. *sighs* The weeks are passing by quick.

At the moment, Sassy and Dangerous Reviews is going to be under construction. New name, new template, new pages, new everything, so please bear with me!

To make your day just a little bit brighter, here is a list of five FREE Kindle books on Amazon.



 Bloom (The Bloom Trilogy Book 1) 

Bloom is an action-packed fantasy adventure that tells the story of two young people surviving in a dangerous world. As their journeys unfold and collide, they must risk their lives to defeat an evil that threatens to destroy everything they hold dear. 










Valerie Dearborn wants a cotton candy life, but it’s more like a puffer fish: pointy, unusual, and—if not prepared exactly right—deadly.

In London for graduate school, Val knows she's finally free. Her father and ex- almost-boyfriend are back in California and she's out of the vampire hunting biz for good. Or is she?

She draws the attention of Lucas, a 1600 year old vampire, and King to his kind. He’s also wicked hot. As golden as Lucifer, and just as tempting, he makes Valerie an offer she can't refuse: help him find out if the Others (Empaths, Fey and Werewolves) still exist or he'll stop protecting those she loves.

Can she keep those she loves alive, stop Lucas from munching on her, survive a fanged revolution and still find a way to have that boring, normal life she’s always wanted? Probably not, but boy is she gonna try.




Nara Collins is an average sixteen-year-old, with one exception: every night she dreams the events of the following day. Due to an incident in her past, Nara avoids using her special gift to change fate...until she dreams a future she can't ignore.

After Nara prevents a bombing at Blue Ridge High, her ability to see the future starts to fade, while people at school are suddenly being injured at an unusually high rate.

Grappling with her diminishing powers and the need to prevent another disaster, Nara meets Ethan Harris, a mysterious loner who seems to understand her better than anyone. Ethan and Nara forge an irresistible connection, but as their relationship heats up, so do her questions about his dark past.



Krista Miller feels like she has lived her entire life in a glass box with her every emotion on display. She can’t help feeling like a defect as her sensitivities have made her socially inept and without any real friends; the one exception being the boy that visits her each night in her dreams. 

Krista’s emotions are put to the test when a move to California triggers a devastating change to her fantasy world. The nightly comfort that the boy provides has now become a recurring nightmare as he is taken from her by an unseen force. 

Struggling to appear normal, Krista enrolls in a new school and finds it to be nothing like she thought. Her new life is sent spiraling out of control from a strange connection with a boy, Mark, who claims to know all her secrets. 

As Krista begins to explore the emotions that Mark evokes in her, secrets about their mysterious past and their predestined purpose threatens to separate them just when they have found each other.




Maude Laurent is a spirited sixteen-year-old orphan who grew up in a small, provincial town in the North of France with a passion for piano and a beautiful voice. 

One day in Paris, she is discovered by an American music producer who takes her to New York to live with him and his close-knit family while producing her first album, with help from teen pop star, Matt. Maude will dive into a new fascinating world discovering New York City, music, family, love and the truth about her past. 



Happy reading! 



Aug 1, 2014

Kindle Fire/Amazon GC/Paypal Giveaway!

Today is the first day of August! WOOOHOO! So to celebrate, I am sharing a giveaway of a Kindle Fire/Amazon GC or Paypal money, hosted by I Am Reader


Enter to win 1 of 2 great prizes both valued at $229. Winner’s choice of a Kindle Fire HDX or $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 Paypal Cash!

The first prize is available via the rafflecopter below. The 2nd is available only to those share this giveaway. You can find info on how to enter the 2nd giveaway in the rafflecopter.



                                                      Kindle Fire HDX 7″ Giveaway
           The winner will have the option of receiving a 7″ Kindle Fire HDX (US Only – $229 Value)





                                              Or $229 Amazon.com Gift Card (International)




                                               

                                                   Or $229 in Paypal Cash (International)



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One winner will receive their choice of a Kindle Fire 7" HDX (US Only - $229 value), $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 in Paypal Cash (International).

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Ends 8/31/14


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Happy reading!