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"Oriana's Eyes" By Celeste Simone


Oriana's Eyes by Celeste Simone
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Genre: YA Fantasy/Dystopian
Release Date: February 24th, 2010
Source: Received from author for review
Format: Paperback

Description from Goodreads:

As a pure-blood Winglet, Oriana isn't supposed to look at a half-blood much less speak to one. Half-bloods are the lowest of all races at Odon's University, because they are half Winglet and half Finlet. But when a half-blood, Dorian, locks eyes with her in the hallway, Oriana can't help but be intrigued by his daring nature. After sneaking out to the garden in the middle of the night to talk to him, Oriana knows she can't let her feelings go. She fears not following Odon's rules, but the more she sees Dorian the more she wants to break them all. When Oriana's idea of perfection crumbles she seeks a way out of the imprisoning University that threatens not only her happiness, but her very life. Dorian promises he has a plan to take her far away, but Oriana doubts they can escape Odon's all-seeing eye. Oriana isn't sure what she fears more, being stuck in the University or finding out what lies beyond its walls.

Review:
As many of my avid followers know this isn't my typical genre to review, but it did sound very interesting so i decided to try it out. In the beginning of the book all i could think was "What did i get myself into", because i was very confused and didn't really understand what was happening in the book and since the author is such a nice person i felt guilty for not liking it, but thankfully it picked up. I think i was confused, because this novel isn't like most books. Since it's fantasy it's not your typical story where you can kind of assume where the story is taking you, its all brand new imagination, and it's not like most books where there is the first chapter explaining who the main character is and what their background is like, instead you just jump into the story which in the end i think worked really well.

After getting past the confusion and understanding what was going on the story picked up and picked up fast. i was very intrigued to find out the truth about Odon and find out where Oriana and Dorian's relationship was going to go. I love the Great Oak and i love, love, love the characters that Celeste created. I think they each had their own spunk and really brought something to the story instead of just being space fillers. I also really liked that i had emotion with this book. I found myself not just confused (but only in the beginning), but also scared, angry, sad, happy, and ecstatic. I also found myself full of adrenaline whenever they were in the caves, yelling at the book when Oriana decides to do something really dumb, in my opinion, and also crying when some really sad parts take place. This novel leaves you feeling it all.

Overall:
I really liked this novel. I was confused in the beginning, because i didn't understand what was happening and what the history was of everything, but it explains all that through out the book so i understand why Celeste started the book out that way and agree that it was the best way to start the novel. After the confusion it gets really, really good and i found myself having tons of emotions towards this novel, which is what in my opinion makes a great novel, when the reader feels something. All the characters were amazing and i am definitely interested in reading book two. I recommend this to anyone who is looking for something new, those who love fantasy and dystopians and also those who love a good book to make their hearts race.

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 4/5


Love & Rock&Roll,

Becky

"Bad Girls Don't Die" By Katie Alender



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Genre: YA Horror
Release Date: April 21st, 2009
Source: Borrowed from my local library
Format: Hardcover

Description from Amazon:

Alexis thought she led a typically dysfunctional high school existence. Dysfunctional like her parents' marriage; her doll-crazy twelve-year-old sister, Kasey; and even her own anti-social, anti-cheerleader attitude.
When a family fight results in some tearful sisterly bonding, Alexis realizes that her life is creeping from dysfunction into danger. Kasey is acting stranger than ever: her blue eyes go green sometimes; she uses old-fashioned language; and she even loses track of chunks of time, claiming to know nothing about her strange behavior. Their old house is changing, too. Doors open and close by themselves; water boils on the unlit stove; and an unplugged air conditioner turns the house cold enough to see their breath in.
Alexis wants to think that it's all in her head, but soon, what she liked to think of as silly parlor tricks are becoming life-threatening--to her, her family, and to her budding relationship with the class president. Alexis knows she's the only person who can stop Kasey -- but what if that green-eyed girl isn't even Kasey anymore?

Review:
I swear, i think i am psychic or something, because i have been only reading amazing books. This book is definitely categorized as amazing, because it knocked the socks off of me. Books are amazing when they make you feel some kind of real emotion and not only did i get the pants scared off of me, but i also had little sentimental moments. This novel is not only packed with events and details that make you want to keep the light on while sleeping, but also had some cute moments with Alexis's new love interest.

The one thing that i really enjoyed about this novel was that it really was scary and i didn't feel like the author held back too much. Sometimes you get that feeling when reading YA like, "Oh great, the author thinks they're writing to children", because sometimes you can tell when the author is too scared to put too much real emotion or mature content. I didn't feel that way with this novel and i also didn't feel like it was over the top either. It was creepy and scary to the perfect degree. I kept finding myself skipping ahead a few pages to make sure nothing was going to jump out at me when it started to get creepy. All i have to say is basement scene... SCARY!!

I think that this story was very creative and written really well. I really enjoyed all of the characters and liked that not only did they feel like real people, but they also grew and showed the reader their true colors after awhile. I love it when the characters make you feel like they could be real, everyday people you know instead of just people you wish you knew.

Overall:
I really enjoyed this novel. It was super creepy and scary, and i do not recommend reading this alone or late at night, because you will get scared. The scare factor was perfect, it wasn't too mature or too immature, it was just the right amount. I also really loved the characters and loved how they grew and better understood not only themselves, but also the people around them better and that you could tell that the characters could be real, everyday people, and not just the type of friends you find in books.

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 5/5

Love & Rock&Roll,
Becky


^^From Goodreads.com

Genre: Adult Paranormal/Fantasy
Release Date: June 21st, 2011
Source: Borrowed from my Local Library
Format: Hardcover

Description from Amazon:

From the author of the highly addictive and bestselling Blue Bloods series, with almost 3 million copies sold, comes a new novel, Melissa de la Cruz's first for adults, featuring a family of formidable and beguiling witches.
The three Beauchamp women--Joanna and her daughters Freya and Ingrid--live in North Hampton, out on the tip of Long Island. Their beautiful, mist-shrouded town seems almost stuck in time, and all three women lead seemingly quiet, uneventful existences. But they are harboring a mighty secret--they are powerful witches banned from using their magic. Joanna can resurrect people from the dead and heal the most serious of injuries. Ingrid, her bookish daughter, has the ability to predict the future and weave knots that can solve anything from infertility to infidelity. And finally, there's Freya, the wild child, who has a charm or a potion that can cure most any heartache.
For centuries, all three women have been forced to suppress their abilities. But then Freya, who is about to get married to the wealthy and mysterious Bran Gardiner, finds that her increasingly complicated romantic life makes it more difficult than ever to hide her secret. Soon Ingrid and Joanna confront similar dilemmas, and the Beauchamp women realize they can no longer conceal their true selves. They unearth their wands from the attic, dust off their broomsticks, and begin casting spells on the townspeople. It all seems like a bit of good-natured, innocent magic, but then mysterious, violent attacks begin to plague the town. When a young girl disappears over the Fourth of July weekend, they realize it's time to uncover who and what dark forces are working against them.
With a brand-new cast of characters, a fascinating and fresh world to discover, and a few surprise appearances from some of the Blue Blood fan favorites, this is a page-turning, deliciously fun, magical summer read fraught with love affairs, witchcraft, and an unforgettable battle between good and evil.

Review:
Wow, just like all of the Blue Bloods novels, Melissa De La Cruz has outdone herself and made an amazing novel. I have always though that Adult novels were not for me, because they are boring and lack excitement, but clearly it is all about the author. There are definite reasons why this novel is in the Adult section and not YA, but her writing style stays true to all her YA novels, which i really appreciated.

The story line is amazing and i love that there isn't one main character, but three. I think it was a genius idea to make each chapter be only about one of the Beauchamp ladies at a time, instead of intermingling the three different sides into one chapter, but separate them by page breaks. I also really liked that each of the Beauchamp women are very unique and different so that everyone can kind of match their personality with one of them. I think that each of their stories was well thought through and very imaginative. I love this novel and i cannot wait to read more from Melissa De La Cruz's brand new, AMAZING, adult series.

Overall:
Melissa De La Cruz out did herself once again with her brand new adult fantasy series. I was so happy when i saw that her writing style was the same as her YA novels and even more ecstatic when i realized that adult novels are boring if the author isn't boring, and Melissa De La Cruz is anything but a boring author. The characters were amazingly thought through and the overall story kept you reading and wanting to know what was going to happen with the Beauchamp ladies.

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 5/5

Love & Rock&Roll,
Becky


^^From Goodreads.com


Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Release Date: December 2nd, 2010
Source: Borrowed from Local Library
Format: Hardcover


Description from Amazon:
Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris - until she meets Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.
As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near - misses end with the French kiss Anna - and readers - have long awaited?

Review:
Although my love for YA Paranormal is HUGE and overwhelming, my love for YA Contemporary is right behind it. I love these classic tales of love. Anna and the French Kiss is such a cute love story. I love this novel so much, i couldn't stop reading and i had to know what was going to happen next. One of the things that i love the most about this story is that Anna isn't a homewrecker. She understands that St. Clair has a girlfriend and that they love each other and instead of trying to interfere with that or try and tell him how she feels she pushes down her feelings and respects their relationship. I love that aspect so much, so kudos to Stephanie for making this a very repectful tale.

Another thing that i really appreciated was that the entire novel didn't revolve around her crush on St. Claire. It has a lot of depth to the story. She not only talks about the new crush, but the old crush, Anna's best friend from home, her family, the new school, the classes and also touches base with whats going on in each of Anna's new friends lives. Stephanie made Anna a normal girl who focuses on more than just the current crush. I'll admit, im corny and easy to please so those novels that only focus on that teenage girls angst to be with her crush still make me like them, but it was so refreshing to read about a girl who actually has a life.

I think that Anna is an amazing character and if Stephanie is anything like her, she must be amazing as well. Anna is the perfect main character to have in your novel, because she has morals, etiquette, real feelings/emotions, other things going on in her life, drama, personal quirks, and manners. The more i read about Anna's life the more i feel in love with her character and wish i had her as a friend. I especially love that when she makes a mistake she admits it and goes an apologizes.

Overall:
This novel is amazing. The story line is so clean and easy to follow and is full of things that happen in a real teenage girls life. I love how moral Anna is and that she respects St. Claire's current relationship instead of jusst throwing herself at him and hoping he will leave his girlfriend. I love all of the characters and especially love all the drama that happened. The ending couldn't have been more perfect and i just wish it was longer, because i couldn't get enough of this book. I recommend this novel to anyone who loves those feel good stories and anyone who loves YA.

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 5/5

Love & Rock&Roll,
Becky

"Remembrance" By Michelle Madow



^^From Goodreads.com


Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: August 5th, 2011
Source: Sent from author for review
Format: E-Book

Description from Amazon:

New Hampshire high school junior Lizzie Davenport has been reincarnated from Regency Era, England ... but she doesn't know it yet.
Then Drew Carmichael transfers into Lizzie's school at the beginning of the year, and she feels a connection to him, almost like she knows him. She can't stop thinking about him, but whenever she tries talking with him about the mysteries behind her feelings, he makes it clear that he wants nothing to do with her. Reaching him is even more difficult because she has a boyfriend, Jeremy, who has started to become full of himself after being elected co-captain of the varsity soccer team, and her flirtatious best friend Chelsea starts dating Drew soon after his arrival. So why can't she seem to get him out of her mind?
Even though Lizzie knows she should let go of her fascination with Drew, the pair of them soon find that fighting fate isn't going to be easy.

Review:
First of all, how can you look at that cover and not be intrigued? Its beautiful! Not only is the cover beautiful, but so is the story. The story starts off with a typical teenage girl who has everything; popular status, cool friends, and dating the school soccer star. Then the new guy shows up and for some reason Lizzie feels like she has known this guy her entire life and everywhere she goes, there he is, but he has no interest in her. There are times when you want to punch her boyfriend, Jeremy, punch the new guy, drew, cry with Lizzie, and jump for joy with lizzie. This novel really does keep you guessing to find out the truth until the very end. I love that when Lizzie finally remembers everything from the past that there is a beautiful/terrible thunderstorm. It really does set up the scene very nicely, and plays up the readers emotions.

I think the characters were done really well, and you wouldn't expect them to do the things they do until it happens. I also love that Lizzie does have a conscious and she doesn't want to hurt anyone by going for Drew, she keeps her friends in mind the entire time instead of being selfish and just going for it. One thing i did like, was that i got a vibe from this book that reminded me of Becca Fitzpatricks "Hush, Hush", so if you like those novels then you will probably like this, but if you don't like "Hush, Hush" i would still tell you to give this a try, because they aren't that similar, its just a vibe i get.

Overall:
I really liked this novel. I think it was written really well and was very clean. There wasn't too many spelling errors or grammar typos which i really liked, because that really grinds my gears sometimes =] I liked that weather played a factor in the scenes and that it really built them up, instead of just it being a coincidence that the weather was crappy that day. I loved the way Michelle made the characters, because you were just as surprised as Lizzie was when they acted unexpectedly. I would recommend this novel to anyone who loves love stories and to those who liked "Hush, Hush" By Becca Fitzpatrick. The two aren't related at all, but it does remind me of that novel for some reason.

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 4/5

Love & Rock&Roll,
Becky

"The D.U.F.F" By Kody Keplinger



^^From Goodreads.com


Genre: YA Contemporary


Release Date: June 7th, 2011


Source: Borrowed from my library


Format: Hardcover


Description from Amazon:


Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn't think she's the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She's also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her "the Duff," she throws her Coke in his face.


But things aren't so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.


Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn't such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she's falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone. And eventually, through this realization, Bianca begins to see how harmful her unhealthy way of dealing with her problems has been, and finds a way to confront them head on.


Review:


Wow, Kody, just Wow. Kody Keplinger definitely has some amazing writing skills. When i first read the description for The D.U.F.F. i was very skeptical about if i would like it or not. I feel like i say that about everybook that i end up loving, so maybe i should read every book i get a bad feeling about =]. Anyways, i had a bad feeling, because i thought that it was going to end up being a very depressing, self loathing, no happy ending, type of book when actually it was just the opposite.


One of the things that i really, really loved was the Kody never described what Bianca looks like, so there is no way of knowing if she is the stereotype DUFF or if she is an everyday, average girl which makes it so easy for everyone to connect with her. If you don't know all about her physical appearance, then you can imagine her how you want, and nine out of ten times you are going to picture someone closely related to looking like youself, because you are reading it in first person. If you are anything like me you end up feeling all the emotions of the main character and end up empathing them, because you are too involved in the book, which usually isn't a bad thing, unless the boyfriend in the book cheats, then that spells trouble for the real boyfriend =]


Another thing that i really loved that others might not like or would find weird that i like so much was the language and sexual incounters. I have never read a book that had so many cuss words, especially the f-word and had so many steamy sex scenes. Now, the sex scenes never got too far or went into too much detail, but it was enough to make me giggle and get all giddy, because FINALLY i have found a book where it actually talks and acts how teenagers really do. I think its only, because Kody Keplinger is a teenager and so she isn't too old to remember how her and her friends talked and how people that age act with boys. YA Authors need to remember that even though it seems like they are too young to talk like that or act like that now, but when you were that age it was how it was. So A+ for the language and sexscapades.


I am really happy with how the story line went. I dont think i would have changed a thing, and i really loved the ending. I think this is such a good story that everyone should have on their shelves and that everyone needs to read it. It really is one of those "your born this way", "nothings wrong with you", "feel good" novels. It teaches you something and leaves you feeling good about yourself by the end of the novel.


Overall:


I really, really loved this novel. I loved that Kody didn't describe Bianca's physical appearance so there was so stereotype image in your head while reading it or the "typical DUFF" and you could just relate to her as if you were her. I also really loved that the teens in the novel actually talked and acted how teenagers do and not the good little kids that adults see them as. I was so happy when i saw how much cursing and how many sexscapades were described, because ive never read a novel so real, but i also appreciate that the sexual events didn't go into too much detail and just stayed on the border or too much and enough. I wouldn't change a thing about this novel and recommend that everyone reads this.


Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 5/5

Love & Rock&Roll,
Becky


^^From Goodreads.com


Genre: Fairy Tale Graphic Novel
Release Date: August 1st, 2011
Source: NetGalley for review
Format: Galley (E-Book)

Description from Goodreads.com:

Five of the world's greatest fairy tales are retold in the popular and attractive graphic novel format. Beautiful, bold illustrations give these timeless tales a modern edge. The stories include Beauty and the Beast, Rapunzel, Princess and the Pea, Snow White, and Thumbelina.

Review:
I usually don't review graphic novels, but i decided to make an acceptation. I really love fairy tales and the thought of classics becoming a graphic novel style book reeled me in, because i LOVE pictures. The cover alone is what made me check this out. I love her hair and i think the title is very clever instead of just saying "fairy tales" or "classics to modern" or some other unoriginal name. The title draws you in to wonder what its about. Instead of just doing overall review i think im going to review each story individually and then do an overall at the end, like usual.

Rapunzel: This was my favorite story out of the five. I loved the graphics and i loved that it had a darker side to it, it actually shocked me with the graphics of the prince at the end. I think the illustrator did an amazing job and it definitely showcased my favorite type of design. I found myself looking all over the screen to make sure i took in everything the pictures had to offer and i was sucked into the story, because i don't remember too much about it, besides the key facts that the princess is locked up by a witch and has long hair that the prince uses to save her.
Thumbelina: As far as the graphics for Thumbelina i liked that they felt very playful. It seemed like the graphics were targeted towards kids, but i feel like the story line, although i liked it, could have taken a darker twist which scared me at times. I especially liked how they drew Thumbelina, i thought she was adorable and perfect for a tiny girl. I didn't like the ending though, because i felt like it was rushed since all that had to happen was her being happy and going home.

Snow White: Out of the five stories i feel like Snow White's was the closest to an actual comic and was targeted more towards those who love graphic novels, rather than those who love fairy tales. I liked the drawings of the prince of the queen, and for some reason i liked that the queen's hairstyle was different each time. However, i didn't like the drawing of Snow White or the seven dwarfs. With Snow White i felt like i was looking at Michael Jackson every time they showed her and she was just far too pale with too long of a neck and too big of eyes. The Dwarfs were drawn almost like trolls or like they belonged in Zelda or something, and they didn't make really any contribution to the story. Their names weren't even introduced and i didn't like the fact that there was one HUGE buff dwarf. They just didn't make sense.

Beauty and the Beast: The graphics for Beauty and the Beast were by far the cleanest. I think they did a really nice job with making the story and the graphics very clean cut. I enjoyed the story a lot, but because its my favorite fairy tale i found myself making a lot of judgements for things that didn't match up to other retellings, but i have to remind myself it IS a retelling. Out of all the endings i really liked this one's the best.
Princess and the Pea: This one's graphics was the second closest to a usual comic book, but was still playful, which i liked. Since i haven't read this story in a long time i was very unfamiliar to the story line, but i enjoyed being reminded. I really liked the comical side to it, i found myself laughing at the expressions on the prince's face and the way that the unruly princesses acted. The only part of the story i didn't like was when the princess shows up to the prince's house. I felt that she was going to turn out to be a phony and i didn't like how fast paced the marriage was, i mean they only knew each other a day, and there wasn't any true romance to justify it.

Overall:
I really enjoyed the graphics and that was the entire reason i check it out in the first place. I really wanted to see the graphics and fall in love with them, which for some stories that happened, but for others i just didn't care for them. Also the stories weren't very different from what usually happens in them, so the only thing that was different about these stories are the pictures that go along with them, but even then there were still stories i didn't care for and graphic's i didn't care for either. One thing i really loved about this graphic novel is that at the end of each of the fairy tales it told you the history behind the stories, which i really, really enjoyed. I think that was one of this graphic novels high points, because i was being told things i had no clue about. I think i would recommend this to people who, in general, love fairy tales and love pictures. Other than that, i don't think there is a direct target audience where only those types of people would like this, it could be liked by all.

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ 3/5

Love & Rock&Roll,
Becky

"Forgive My Fins" By Tera Lynn Childs



^^From Goodreads.com

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary/ Fantasy
Release Date: June 1st, 2010
Source: Borrowed from my library
Format: Hardcover

Description from Amazon:

Lily Sanderson has a secret, and it's not that she has a huge crush on gorgeous swimming god Brody Bennett, who makes her heart beat flipper-fast. Unrequited love is hard enough when you're a normal teenage girl, but when you're half human, half mermaid, like Lily, there's no such thing as a simple crush.
Lily's mermaid identity is a secret that can't get out, since she's not just any mermaid—she's a Thalassinian princess. When Lily found out three years ago that her mother was actually a human, she finally realized why she didn't feel quite at home in Thalassinia, and she's been living on land and going to Seaview High School ever since, hoping to find where she truly belongs. Sure, land has its problems—like her obnoxious biker-boy neighbor, Quince Fletcher—but it has that one major perk: Brody. The problem is, mermaids aren't really the casual dating type—the instant they "bond," it's for life.
When Lily's attempt to win Brody's love leads to a tsunami-sized case of mistaken identity, she is in for a tidal wave of relationship drama, and she finds out, quick as a tailfin flick, that happily ever after never sails quite as smoothly as you planned.

Review:
I can now officially say that i am on "Team Mermaid". Forgive My Fins was my very first Mermaid oriented YA book and i loved it. I was skeptical at first about mermaids and thought maybe Mermaids were taking it too far in the YA creature world, but no it fits in perfectly and now i love them. I thought maybe it would be a little cheesy, because i always think of The Little Mermaid when someone mentions a mermaid book, but now i have something else to link to.

Before i really get into why i like this novel i think i should hit the materialistic review first. Like i have said before, probably, i am very thorough when i read a book. I have my own little ritual where i read the back of the book to see what its about or read the little quoted reviews, then i read the title and examine the cover telling myself what i like and don't like about the cover, then if its a hardback and i remove the jacket and check out the actual book to see if they did anything fancy with it and then i read from inside flap to inside flap, not missing a single word written. So authors if you think "nobody's gonna read this acknowledgement" i will, so keep me in mind. Anyways, when i removed the jacket i had a mini freak attack. The actual book cover is bubble gum pink with blue foil writing. HOW CUTE! I almost died when i saw it. I could just get rid of the cover and have that cute little pink book on my shelf, but its not my book, and i wouldn't do that =] Also i really do like the model that is on the cover, i usually don't, but this one i really liked, especially her makeup.

So now that the materialistic parts are over lets get into the real review. So like stated earlier i was nervous to try a mermaid novel, but after getting into the first chapter i was hooked, which was silly, because Alyson Noel said something similar in her little review quote thats on the front cover. But it really is true. I loved her creepy next door neighbor, Quince, from the first time he is mentioned. I loved his character and loved his involvement in the book. I also loved the entire story line and most of the time i didn't know what was going to happen next. I have a love/don't like relationship with Lily. I love her and her innocence, but sometimes her innocence turned into air headed-ness and i wanted to shake her and say "PAY ATTENTION!! THIS IS OBVIOUSLY WHATS GOING ON!!" haha. I think overall, though, that if she didn't have that quality about her the story wouldn't have been half as good. I love that it keeps your heart tight and leaves you dying to find out what happens until the last page, that was both horrible and awesome at the same time.

Overall:
I was very surprised with how much i liked this novel. I though i wouldn't like the idea of mermaids and that it would be very cheesy, but it was actually very, very good. I cannot wait to read the second novel and already have it on hold at the library. I love the cover, both with and without the jacket, and loved Quince the entire time. This novel definitely keeps you in anticipation over what is going to happen in the end and doesn't tell you until the last page. I would recommend this to anyone who loves romance, mythical creatures, and a book that will keep them rooting for the right guy.

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 5/5

Love & Rock&Roll,
Becky

"Prom & Prejudice" By Elizabeth Eulberg



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^From Goodreads.com



Genre: Young Adult



Release Date: January 1st, 2011



Source: Borrowed from my local library



Format: Hardcover





Description from Amazon:



From the much-buzzed-about author of THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB (already blurbed by Stephenie Meyer, Lauren Myracle, and Jen Calonita), a prom-season delight of Jane Austen proportions.
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single girl of high standing at Longbourn Academy must be in want of a prom date.
After winter break, the girls at very prestigious, girls-only Longbourn Academy are obsessed with the prom, which they share with the equally elitist, all-boys Pemberly school. Lizzie Bennett, who attends Longbourn on scholarship, isn't interested in designer dresses and expensive shoes, but her best friend, Jane, might be - especially now that Charles Bingley is back from a semester in London.



Review:



*Sigh* such a cute, fluffy novel. This is the type of book that you read when you just want to read something light and romantic. I picture people reading this on a rainy day or when they are heart broken or just want a change of pace from all the paranormal they have been reading. I loved this novel SO much and found myself imagining scenes from Keira Knightley's Pride & Prejudice while hearing the words from the book. Pride & Prejudice has always been one of my favorite movies and so this book was just breath taking to be able to read something so close to such a beautiful tale, while still keeping me interested, because it was a Young Adult.



I honestly don't have anything that i found wrong with the novel, except that it ended. I wish it would go on forever and that Lizzie and Darcy would of had TONS of romance scenes. I still really, really loved it. I started this book on Wednesday night and expected i would be done no later than Friday night...i read it cover to cover on Wednesday night. I work at a college book store and it is the first week of classes so i got longer hours and more days this weeks and have been BEAT and totally drained so you know it must be a pretty darn good story if it's keep me from my second true love... sleep. 





Overall:



This story couldn't have gotten any better. I loved how much it reminded me of Keira Knightley's Pride & Prejudice and was just a super awesome, fluffy, cute book. I would recommend this to anyone who loves YA romance and loves Pride & Prejudice. 





Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 5/5

Love & Rock&Roll,
Becky

"Fangs For Nothing" By Adrianne Ambrose



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Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: June 21st, 2011
Source: Review Request from Author
Format: E-Book

Description from Amazon:

Grab some garlic and start sharpening your mother's wooden spoons because there are vampires living in the most unlikely of places.

I’ve always wanted to meet a vampire. Not to stake some poor bloodsucker as he sleeps in his coffin or have some sexy vampiress bite me on the neck, but just to see a creature so rare and infamous. What can I say? Some people want to sail to Easter Island, others want to fling themselves out of an airplane, I want to shake hands with a vampire. Well, maybe I should prioritize getting a girlfriend first, but a vampire sighting is pretty high up on the list. Trust me, a lot of kids my age dream about it. Like my two best friends, Rini and Xander. We spent half the summer searching the most notorious cities in the United States for the undead, but so far, no luck.

That’s why it came as a total shock to discover a living, breathing vampire in our hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. (Okay, so he’s more undead and not breathing, but you get the picture.) At first we were kind of excited, but then pretty freaked because it turns out our new fanged friend has a hold on the city's teenage population and a specific thirst for their blood. Which, in a word—bites.

Review:
To my surprise i actually did like this book. I thought that i wouldn't like it, because its part comedy and that scared me. I thought it was going to be too cheesy for me, but it wasn't at all. It was light humor and i actually really got into it. I really liked all the different characters and how they each were very different, but somehow found common ground to be friends. I also really liked how when more of the characters come into play that it felt like maybe the paranormal wasn't a vampire and could have been some other being all together, it kept you guessing.

I liked the fact that it was a male narration. Sometimes i think we get too used to reading girls POV's and forget that guys have an opinion. Even though the scenes where there was romance wasn't as romantic as when a girl narrates i still liked it and found that, thankfully, it wasn't gross or uncomfortable to read a boys POV on kissing.

I didn't, however, like the ending. I feel like Adrianne built it up to have a happy ending and then it just started to fall flat. I also didn't like how Xander turned out. I really like his persona the way Herbert describes it in the beginning. Now, don't get me wrong i did like how Xander's life plays out, but i just didn't like how all of Herbert's views of him ended up being false.

Overall:
Even though i didn't like parts about the ending i did find the story as a whole to be really good. I found myself glued to the story, just wanting to see what was going to happen next. I was worried that the comedy was going to be cheesy, but it ended up being pretty funny and i enjoyed it. It wasn't one big sitcom, it was just normal teenage fun. I would recommend this to anyone who is into vampires and wants a different change in pace than the typical female narrated, girl falls in love with vampire, happy ending babble that i usually love =]

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 4/5

Love & Rock&Roll,
Becky