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"What Happened To Goodbye" By Sarah Dessen



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Description from Amazon:
Since her parents' bitter divorce, McLean and her dad, a restaurant consultant, have been on the move-four towns in two years. Estranged from her mother and her mother's new family, McLean has followed her dad in leaving the unhappy past behind. And each new place gives her a chance to try out a new persona: from cheerleader to drama diva. But now, for the first time, McLean discovers a desire to stay in one place and just be herself, whoever that is. Perhaps Dave, the guy next door, can help her find out.

Combing Sarah Dessen's trademark graceful writing, great characters, and compelling storytelling, What Happened to Goodbye is irresistible reading.

Review:
I was so excited when i saw that my library got this in and especially excited when i saw that it was on audio. I did really like this novel, because i really like Sarah Dessen's writing style and the way she really make you feel like you are the main character. I think it's because she makes you connect so easily, and also its told in the first person narrative so the only view point you hear from is the main character.

This was my second Sarah Dessen novel that i have read, my first being Along for the Ride, and i will admit i didn't like it as much as Along for the Ride. I did still like it, but i didn't love it. It took a really long time because anything really big even happened in the story and the only part that really started having some fast paced writing was over half way through. I still think it was a good story and i really liked how there was dialogue from a bunch of different people, because McLean hung out with a big group of people.

Although there were things about the story that i didn't like, i really LOVED the quality of the audiobook. I think the reader was amazing and i wish she would just read for all of my audiobooks. I really like that she sounded like a young teenager and that she did different voices for each of the characters, but didn't do a fake, deep voice for the male characters. I HATE when audiobook readers do male voices, because it sounds SOOO awful!

Overall:
I think this was a really good story, but i just wasn't in love with it like how i was with Along for the Ride. I think Sarah Dessen's writing style is amazing and i love how easily i can connect with her characters and feel like im right there with them, but the story just didn't do it for me. It took a long time for any big event to happen and there wasn't any fast paced writing that made you want to hurry up and read to find out what happens until the very end.

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 4/5

Love & Rock&Roll,
Becky


*This audiobook was borrowed from my local library*

"Vampire Kisses" By Ellen Schreiber



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Description from Amazon:
In her small town, dubbed "Dullsville," sixteen-year-old Raven -- a vampire-crazed goth-girl -- is an outcast. But not for long...
The intriguing and rumored-to-be haunted mansion on top of Benson Hill has stood vacant and boarded-up for years. That is, until its mysteriously strange new occupants move in. Who are these creepy people -- especially the handsome, dark, and elusive Alexander Sterling? Or rather, what are they? Could the town prattle actually ring true? Are they vampires? Raven, who secretly covets a vampire kiss, both at the risk of her own mortality and Alexander's loving trust, is dying to uncover the truth.
Ellen Schreiber's spooky and stirring romance tells the story of two outsiders who fall in love in a town where conformity reigns, and ends with a shocking surprise.

Review:
Vampire Kisses was such a nice, fun, light read. I finished it in about 5 hours tops and read it straight through. I've had my eye on this book for awhile now, because it always looked really interesting. I love that the cover is so mysterious and doesn't lead too much on. I also like that it doesn't have any of the characters on it, except for what could possibly be Raven's hand, because then you can imagine what the characters look like yourself.

I am the type of person who read a book cover to cover, i read the author info, the acknowledgements, the back description, the copy rights sometimes. I feel like im almost teasing myself, before finally getting to dive in and read the story. The part that had me SUPER ready and teased to begin was the author info. Ellen Schreiber was a stand-up comedian so i KNEW this was going to have some laughs in it and it did. Nothing dirty, nothing distasteful, but also nothing cheesy. It was just good wholesome light laughter. It really gave Raven attitude and spunk, instead of "im a lonely girl who's depressed" like in most YA.

I really had a good time with this book and got a bit teary eyed when certain things happened. I love the parts with her brother and even though i cannot stand Trevor, i loved their fights. I cannot wait to pick up more from the series, especially when i know my library has them on the shelves so i don't have to put them on hold. The only thing is there are NINE books in this series, plus more, but that just makes me more excited.

Overall:
I really loved this novel. I thought it had the perfect amount of comedy in it and that the jokes were all in good taste. I really loved Raven's character and even though she was different and goth and spunky, she still had a normal quality to her where all readers could relate to her and want to be her friend even if they aren't goth. I highly recommend this read to ALL.

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 5/5

Love & Rock&Roll,
Becky

"The Goddess Test" By Aimee Carter


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Description from Amazon:
It's always been just Kate and her mom—and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear her mother won't live past the fall.
Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld—and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.
Kate is sure he's crazy—until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride, and a goddess.

Review:
To be totally honest i borrowed this from the library, because i was STUNNED that it was just sitting on the shelf. This is a relatively new book and usually those are on HUGE hold lists forever, so i just grabbed it in case in the future i ever wanted to read it i wouldn't have to wait to get it. I waited a while, before finally getting into it and i was worried that it would be a waste of my time, because for some reason, even though i love the cover, it didn't sound that interesting.

You have no idea how glad i am that this was just sitting on the shelf, because this book was AMAZING!! Aimee Carter, Bravo to you girl. I seriously LOVE how much everything felt real in this novel and how Aimee described everything so well you could see it in your head without trying. I really love that the relationships in this book didn't happen over night, like in most YA novels. Usually its love at first sight, but this one was real. Even with her friendships they were earned, not automatic. I also really love the mythology that was included and how it was obvious that Aimee really did her research while writing to be accurate. Another thing i loved was all the emotions i went through with the book. I love when i read a book and i can be empathic with the characters, when i can really feel what they're feeling. I laughed, i cried, i gasped, i was furious, and i loved.

Overall:
This book was awesome! It was amazingly well-written with obvious research done about mythology to be accurate. The relationships formed over time and weren't love at first sight, and you could easily not only visualize the settings, but also easily feel what the main character was feeling. I loved it, hands down.

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 5/5

Love & Rock&Roll,
Becky

"Beastly" By Alex Flinn

 
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Description from Goodreads:
I am a beast.
A beast!
Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright. I am a monster.
You think I'm talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It's no deformity, no disease. And I'll, stay this way forever ruined unless I can break the spell.
Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I'll tell you. I'll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I'll tell you how I became perfectly...beastly.

Review:
I don't think there are enough words to describe how much i loved this novel. It was so perfect, especially when i've been in a book slump from those terrible Twilight parodies i read. After those i thought i was under a bad book curse where i'd never love another novel again, but Beastly broke the curse.

It was such a nice tale. Beauty and the Beast is my FAVORITE disney movie and so reading from the beasts point of view was really nice. Even though i hated how Kyle acted in the beginning, it just made it easier to understand why the witch changed him. Usually you feel bad for the beast when you watch the Disney movie, but now you understand why he needed to be changed. I had so many emotions through this novel; disgust, happiness, laughter, sadness, and love. This was just a very beautiful novel. I honestly don't know what else i can say about this novel, besides that i LOVED it. It literally took my breath away.

Overall:
I dont think i could love this novel more. I am definitely going to read Alex's "A Kiss In Time" now, because of this novel. It was such a perfect modern-day fairy tale. I LOVED it. Thats all i can say, because it took my breath away.

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 5/5

Love & Rock&Roll,
Becky

"Just In Case" By Meg Rosoff


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Description from Amazon:
David Case never questions his ordinary suburban life -- until one fateful day, a brush with death brings him face to face with his own mortality. Suddenly, everywhere he looks he sees catastrophe, disaster, the ruin of the human race, the demise of the planet...not to mention (to pinpoint the exact source of his anxiety) possible pain and suffering for himself.
So he changes his name, reinvents his appearance, and falls in love with the seductive Agnes Bee -- in the hope that he’ll become unrecognizable to Fate and saved from his own doom. With his imaginary greyhound in tow, Justin Case struggles to maintain his new image and above all, to survive in a world where twists of fate wait for him around every corner.

Review:
The entire reasoning behind me borrowing this novel from the library was because there was a quote from The London Times saying that Just In Case is a modern day Catcher in the Rye and you all know i LOVE The Catcher in the Rye, so i had to get it. I didn't even read the back of the book before checking it out, i just saw the quote and put it with the other stack of books i was getting.

Well, that quote wasn't lying. It was very, very much like The Catcher in the Rye. It wasn't as good, but still fulfilled by needs. I honestly don't know what it was about this book that kept me reading but it did. It had a very dark theme to it. The main character Justin (david) has a run in with fate and now all he can think about it running away from fate and all the possible ways he could die. I found it very amusing since i am a Negative Nancy myself. There wasn't a whole lot of action or excitement, but i just couldn't stop reading it. It's a very good book to read when you just want to read. Now don't get me wrong, even though there wasn't a whole lot of action there are a few scenes that will keep you reading you find out what happens, and i especially love how creepy Fate is when he talks to the reader. Speaking of characters i LOVE them all, except Agnes. I can't stand her. And even though they next said anything, there were hint of Peter's family being slightly paranormal.

Overall:
I really liked this novel and it kept me reading, even though i don't know why it kept me reading. It's a very good novel to read when you just feel like reading a classic and i LOVE that it reminds me so much of The Catcher in the Rye. I really want to own this novel so i can put it next to J.D. Salinger's novel. I love the negativeness that Justin gives off through the novel and i love all the characters. I recommend this to all.

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 4/5

Love & Rock&Roll,
Becky

"Nightlight" By The Harvard Lampoon


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Description from Amazon:

About three things I was absolutely certain. First, Edwart was most likely my soul mate, maybe. Second, there was a vampire part of him–which I assumed was wildly out of his control–that wanted me dead. And third, I unconditionally, irrevocably, impenetrably, heterogeneously, gynecologically, and disreputably wished he had kissed me.
And thus Belle Goose falls in love with the mysterious and sparkly Edwart Mullen in the Harvard Lampoon’s hilarious send-up of Twilight.
Pale and klutzy, Belle arrives in Switchblade, Oregon looking for adventure, or at least an undead classmate. She soon discovers Edwart, a super-hot computer nerd with zero interest in girls. After witnessing a number of strange events–Edwart leaves his tater tots untouched at lunch! Edwart saves her from a flying snowball!–Belle has a dramatic revelation: Edwart is a vampire. But how can she convince Edwart to bite her and transform her into his eternal bride, especially when he seems to find girls so repulsive?
Complete with romance, danger, insufficient parental guardianship, creepy stalker-like behavior, and a vampire prom, Nightlight is the uproarious tale of a vampire-obsessed girl, looking for love in all the wrong places.

Review:
Although i liked Nighlight much more than the other Twilight parody i read, i still didn't love it. Maybe i am just not a parody person. I kept waiting for the jokes to stop and the story to take off, but it didn't and i think that is part of the problem with parodies. There is too much poking fun and not enough story line. Another thing that could have played a factor is that i have read Twilight twice and then the two parodies of it so maybe i was just tired of hearing the same story over and over again.

The book was pretty slow in the beginning and middle. There were some good laughs, and i love that Belle is trying to find a vampire to bite her instead of just happening to stumble upon one like in Twilight. I didn't like how annoying Belle was about the things that Edwart did that made her think he was a vampire. She would point every single one out and often times being saying it out loud on accident. I did very much like that at the end it turned into its own story. If you end up reading this novel and think all hope is lost and it will never pick up, wait till you get to the cemetery scene, because thats when it finally gets good.

Overall:
I dont think i am a parody person. I thought that i would get some good laughs out of reading a book that makes fun of a book i love and ending up just being bored with them. I found myself forcing myself to keep reading and not to give up. Although i really like how it ended and liked some of the parts here and there overall it just didn't do it for me.

Rating: ♥ ♥ 2/5

Love & Rock&Roll,
Becky

"New Moan" By Stephfordy Mayo


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Desciption from Amazon:
"I want to bite you, Heffa. I want to bite you very hard. I'll be gentle, I promise. If you really loved me, you'd let me."
Heffa Lump is just a typical pale 17-year-old who doubts that anyone will ever see her true beauty and needs to grow up and get a life. Fortunately, the Spatula Academy of Fictional Excellence specializes in helping characters from kids’ books cross over into adult fiction. Unfortunately, she’s distracted from her attempts to leave adolescence behind when she meets Teddy Kelledy—an impossibly gorgeous boy who eats rare meat, is super-strong, and never goes out in daylight. Could he—just maybe—be a vampire? (Hint: totally.) Soon, Heffa finds herself harassed by supernatural forces on all sides: Will she be able to narrate herself out of danger? Will Teddy learn that being with a girl doesn't always have to be about biting? And what will happen when the New Moan rises? A tale of first love, painful longing, and even more painful pointy teeth, New Moan is a hilarious parody of the phenomenon that is Stephenie Meyer's Twilight saga.

Review:
Even though i am a HUGE twilight fan i really wanted to read this parody. I mean, i do have a sense of humor and thought it would be fun to get a good laugh out of something i also love. This novel was not at all what i was expecting, though. I thought i would get some good genuine laughs out of it and maybe some eyebrow raising since there is a warning label on the back that states this novel is not for children. What ended up happening was just me being thoroughly disappointed. I never laughed, except for maybe a few chuckles. I feel like the sole purpose of this novel was just to make fun of Twilight and be a jerk about it. All the things they made fun of was just cheesy and unoriginal. The main character was extremely annoying and by the end of the novel you just wanted to say enough.
It was like when you and a friend are making jokes and they keep going and going like the energizer bunny and by the time they stop it isn't funny anymore and you just want them to go home. That is exactly what happened in this novel. The dirty parts were worth a good chuckle, but nothing ended up happening. I was hoping for laughs and only found myself giving the book dirty looks.

Overall:
This was an awful book. It was cheesy, unoriginal, and not funny. I feel the sole purpose was to make fun of twilight, but not in a good hearted way, but a way to just be a jerk and make fun of something people like. If you are a twilight fan then i would not recommend reading this novel at all. If you hate twilight, like REALLY can't stand it, then you might like it a little more than me, but it was badly written.

Rating: 1/5

Love & Rock&Roll,
Becky

^^From Goodreads.com

Description from Amazon:

Spanning over centuries to the present day, this is a story about love, loss and betrayal. The horrifying discovery that nothing is as it seems. When there is nowhere left to run & letting go is your only choice. Nine hundred years ago, under the complete cover of darkness, the Grigorian army rose silently from their underground lair and attacked the Bulguardian Royal Palace. The bloody and violent battle between the two most legendary houses raged on. All but destroying the majestic Royal City of Altair. It was not the first war that Juliette had endured between good and evil. And it most certainly would not be her last. Today, A little girl's world is turned upside down by a visitor,the Angel of Death. She finds herself trapped in a nightmare, consumed by her paralyzing loss and overwhelming grief. The haunting visions and untimely deaths of others are a constant reminder that life and death are only a heartbeat away. She eventually befriends the unusual little girl who moves in next door with captivating violet eyes and a profound knowledge of things that far exceeds her tender years. A saga crossing over two worlds. Two souls being drawn precariously together over the centuries. When your destiny has been written in blood, and you are left with one burning question. Is your Guardian Angel from Heaven or Hell?

Review:
When Patti contacted me to review her novel i was very interested by the description and agreed to it right away. I thought for sure this was going to be a novel that i loved. I didn't love it, but i definitely liked it and im hoping that maybe ill love it once more books in the series come out. The story is very good and has great potential to get even better. I feel like this novel was very well written and surprisingly good due to the fact that its told in an eleven year olds point of view, which to me seems like something that is very hard to accomplish when you're not that age.

The only reason that i didn't fall in love with the novel is that there isn't a whole lot going on. In the beginning a huge event takes place which puts the first half of the novel in a dark, depressed state (which is totally understandable, and didn't have a problem with this), but then when the second half comes into play nothing big happens. And there isn't a lot of history told behind the angels so i don't really know that much about them and the war that they are fighting. I am also left with two characters that i don't know if they have good or bad intentions on Grace's life. It's very fuzzy and i just wish that Patti put more history and action into the first book instead of just making it an introduction novel. Im hoping that the second novel will have more information and will really pick up more since Grace is now much older.

Overall:
I really did like this novel, but found that it still fell short, because there wasn't enough background on the angels to hammer in what was going on in the novel. I also found that there is only one big event that takes place which makes the novel seem like just a bunch of dialogue and build up before something happens in the next book. The only thing that could have made it better is if Patti would have added more history behind the angels to make you understand what is really going on in their world and what this war is about, and also if more events took place in the first book. Even though it fell a little bit short of my expectations it was still a really good novel and i recommend anyone who likes angel YA paranormals to give this one a try.

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 4/5

Love & Rock&Roll,
Becky

"The Twin Dagger" By Zachary Henderson


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Description from Amazon:

Thomas and Shelley Barton speed through the treacherous hillside with the intentions and dreams of delivering a new addition to their family. Upon arrival at the hospital new dangers surface and a decade’s worth of secrets begin to be revealed. But that is just the tip of the iceberg. After the delivery of their first born son, a mysterious stranger appears with a dire message of the baby’s destiny.

Review:
With this being my first ever YA Science Fiction i was a tad nervous to try it, because it was sent to me for review, and to be honest my initial nerves were correct. This wasn't YA science fiction like time traveling, or something, but TRUE science fiction. If there was just a little more umph to it i would recommend taking off the "YA" and making it an adult, because some scenes were a little graphic or could become worse, easily. This science fiction deals with clones and mutations and part animal, part human experiments. It was just something that i was not used to at all. I could honestly see it become a movie on the sci fi channel, no joke. I honestly think that if it was a movie i would have liked it more, because reading science fiction just isn't for me.

If there was more science fiction themes than thriller themes then i would rate this lower. I really liked all the other things that happened, i loved the characters and i liked the entire story line, but because i've never been a big science fiction fan to begin with i found those parts to be confusing and uninteresting. I kept finding myself re-reading parts to try and understand better, because it was almost like i was talking to someone from a psychiatric hospital. It was non-sense to me. Now, i do not knock ANYONE who like's this kind of thing, because I'm sure there are people who don't understand my paranormal fascination. If you like science fiction then you will LOVE this book, to me it was just ok. The more you get into the story the more the science fiction aspects come out and thats the only parts i didn't like. The author is great, he had an amazing idea for this novel, i just don't like science fiction. Any part with Demetrius i was totally lost and just wanted him to go away. I really liked the YA parts of it, which was really thriller and mystery to me. I watch a lot of cop shows like Law & Order: SVU so i really liked the FBD, learning about the inner workings and learning about the people in the Descent.

Overall:
I really liked the mystery and thriller parts of the story. I think Henderson did an amazing job with the story line and how he broke up the scenes. I could honestly see it becoming a movie from the way it was written. The only parts i didn't like were the science fiction parts, but i've never been a big science fiction fan to begin with. I thought i would give it a try to see if i could broaden my range of books that i like, but unfortunately i didn't. I honestly think that if you are into sci fi that you will really like this novel, but it just wasn't my cup of tea.

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ 3/5

Love & Rock&Roll,
Becky

"Pretty Little Liars" By Sara Shepard


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Description from Pretty Little Liars Official Website:

I'M STILL HERE, BITCHES. AND I KNOW EVERYTHING. --A
Alison, Aria, Emily, Hannah, and Spencer were best friends, until Alison disappeared. Three years later, the remaining girls, now juniors at Rosewood Day, are leading separate, but charmed lives.
After living in Iceland, Aria returns home sophisticated and worldly. Emily is champion swimmer, Hannah is the most popular girl in school, and Spencer's accomplishments make the average type-A valedictorian look like a slacker. But in Rosewood, appearances are deceiving, and when the girls start receiving mysterious texts signed by someone named A, the past threatens to ruin their perfect present. A claims to know all of their secrets-but who is A? How much does A really know? And what can four pretty little liars do to protect themselves from the truth? Find out in Pretty Little Liars.

Review:
After watching the first season and now getting into the second season and falling head over heels for the story line i decided to finally read the books. I figured that they would be better than the show, like most things are. Everything is pretty much the exact same though, so i did like it a lot. There were a few things that happened in the show, but in the book were way worse. The TV show is definitely made for families, unlike the book which has way worse consequences and actions. Even things where i already knew what was going to happen next kept me excited and surprised me along the way.

I started this book last night and finished it in 4 1/2 hours. The details are really good and the story telling is great. I really like how Shepard gave each girl their own chapter so it was easy to follow what was happening to who, just as if i was watching a show. The only thing was that instead of me picturing the girls Shepard described, which are WAY different than the girl on TV, i kept picturing the actresses from the show. I know this is very short, and kind of unspecific, but since i watched the show not a lot of things surprised me too much. I did hear that the show vears off the books path ALOT after the first season of the show so im expecting to be way more surprised in the books to come =D

Overall:
I thought this was a really easy and fast read. I got it done in only 4 1/2 hours and thats including breaks here and there. I really enjoyed this novel a lot even though i knew a lot about the plot from the show. Im very excited for this series and cannot wait to read/watch more. Recommended to all!!

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 5/5

Love & Rock&Roll,
Becky