Monday, September 17, 2012

Book Review: Best Friends For Never by Lisi Harrison

 Title: Best Friends For Never
Author: Lisi Harrison
Pages: 149
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers
Year Published: 2004

"In the second book starring Westchester County's most privileged middle schoolers, the Clique declares Massie a hero for hosting the first boy/girl Halloween party of 8th grade. Massie's already hired Landon Dorsey, the hottest party planner in the 9-1-4 area code, but her parents insist she has to invite the entire class. Unfortunately that means everyone. Layne is bummed that the boys will be there -- she IMs Claire that's so "DESPR8" -- as Claire wonders if maybe a boyfriend will make her happy.Meanwhile, Massie and the Clique are fighting over who gets to invite Derek Herrington. Dylan thought it was obvious that she was the one who danced all night with Derek at the OCD benefit last month, but says "Whatevs" when Kristen gets all weird about it. Fine, she can have him. He was a terrible dancer anyway and there will be tons of guys to choose from at the party...."

My Rating: 9/10

I really enjoyed the first book in this series and i think I'm addicted to the drama that goes along with this story line. I have fallen in love with the characters and the setting. The descriptions make the setting in my mind crystal clear. I hope that the next book in this series is as good as this one and that all and all they only continue to get better. Nothing as depressing as a great first book and a suckie rest of the series. I can hardly wait to read the next book in this series. The only thing I didn't like was the way that Massie changed. I expected her to act a certain way, but she had changed a bit.

Thanks for reading,
Sidny ♥♪♫

Spoiler: Best Friends For Never by Lisi Harrison

I didn't mind this book, it wasn't as good as the first but it wasn't all out horrible. I still love the setting of Westchester and suprisingly I even like the characters even though they're snotty. I didn't realize until this book, that this series is really a comedy for all of us who have gotten through middle school. It makes us look back on that time and laugh when the biggest problem was a misplaced hair, a mean girl or a crush that we weren't sure about. It makes me laugh at the drama but at the same time Lisi Harrison does such a great job with suspense that I'm always wondering what's around the corner. Around the corner for this spoiler is....

Claire: Claire really starts to stand out in this book. She isn't afraid to be herself, but she starts to treat Layne weird. I also didn't like the way she treated the guy on the dancefloor. She's ... BECOMING ONE OF THEM :P

Alisha: It's obvious that she is trying to shy away from the pack, she wants her own even if that includes someone as stupid as Olivia.

Dylan: I feel bad that Dylan really is so physched abot losing weight. I hope she doesn't take it to extremes!

Kirsten: We didn't hear much from her, other than she liked Derrington.

Cam: Seems likes a sweetheart, but almost like he's playing them. I hope not.

Derrington: What a jerk!?!?! I hope that he dies alone with 7 cats.

Todd: I find it ridicoulous when he starts to refer to Massie as, "my pet."

Moments to Remember:
♥Pg. 34
" 'She'z ah prafeshhhanal pahtee planna,' Massie said, doing her best Arnold impresonation.
Claire was shocked. She'd expected massie to rush to Landon's defense.
'She'll be beck when we-ya zixteen,' Claire joined in."

♥Pg. 68
" 'At least I wore a costume. You look the same as you always do,' Layne said. 'Identical to Massie.' "
Thanks for reading :)
Sidny xoxo

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Book Review: Out of Body by Stella Cameron

 Title: Out of Body
Author: Stella Cameron
Series: A Court of Angels
Pages: 392
Publisher: MIRA and Star Colophon
Year Published: 2010

“Forced to witness unspeakable horrors…
Born of an ancient family of clairvoyants, Marley millet finds that her psychic gift is both unsettling and incredibly dangerous. She never wants to travel again- but the choice is not hers to make.
After glimpsing the fates of two missing New Orleans jazz singers, Marley knows she has no choice and must speak up before more women disappear. Flinty cop-turned-writer Gray Fisher, who interviewed both chanteuses before they vanished, takes a special interest in Marley’s incredible story- and in Marley.
Scouring the wild clubs of the French Quarter, Marley and Gray make an unlikely and uneasy team. But their determination is matched only by the heat between them… and the evil they have uncovered.”

My Rating: 7/10

I didn’t mind this book. I enjoyed the fact that this wasn’t just a romance book that I would get bored with but rather a paranormal mystery, and that’s what really held my interest. I didn’t really think that this book would have so much sexual content, but now that I think about it there is a picture of people going at it on the cover. I did enjoy the characters, and as I always wanted to visit New Orleans, I loved the setting. I should also say that this is an adult book with some graphic moments, not for under age 16, I’d say.

Hope you enjoyed this book review
Sidny ♥♪♫

Spoiler: Out of Body by Stella Cameron

This was a different book than I usually read, not only is it an adult novel, but also it’s a romance. All in all this book is good if you can get past all the sex, I understand the attraction between Gray and Marley without hearing intimate details, that just makes me blush. I loved the fact that the setting was New Orleans, a city I’ve always dreamed about visiting. I also feel for the characters.

Marley: The female main character who is very in tune with her psychic powers (she has to be, she’s a Millet after all) and who is very adventurous. I love her spunk and how she doesn’t back down from a fight, even with Gray.

Gray: A cop-turned-writer who falls instantly for Marley. Nothing like love at first sight *sigh* I was happy they got together, but really… shouldn’t they be focusing on the dead body and missing singers? Come on guys, you can always have sex to celebrate after. I love this man though. I feel horrible that he was treated so badly as a child L that was awful, but he came out well ;)

Sidney: I thought at first this was funny that I shared a name with this character but as I figured out she is evil, I was far less entertained. I figured out she was getting rid of people for her own profit, but I never would have guessed she was related to the beast doing the killing

Bolivar / The Monster: What a scary mental image Stella paints of it attacking the prisoners. I felt scared, but also interested in what the heck this thing was!

Moments to Remember:
♥Pg. 24
“Marley scratched the dog’s head. ‘You’re the best. You’ve got the prettiest ugly face I know.’”

♥Pg. 31
“The autopsy should be going on now, if Blades got to it.’
  Fisher grinned with half of his mouth. ‘Blades is a first-rate M.E. I still say he chose the profession to fit his name.’”

♥Pg. 59
“So she stuck out like a nun at a Chippendale show.”

♥Pg. 207
“‘I’ve got your dog and she like me. Run away and she’s mine.’”

Thanks for reading this spoiler.
Sidny xoxo

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Kate's Choice: Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul

Title: Chicken Soup For The Kid's Soul
Authors: Multiple
Pages: 366
Publisher: Healt Communication Inc.
Year Published: 1998

"Kids wanted a Chicken Soup book of their own, so here it is! Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul is for Kids ages nine through thriteen, and it's 'all that!'
Sometimes you feel like life is a total blast, from scoring the winning goal to hanging out with your friends. Yet other times, life is too complicated: You seem to see violence everywhere you turn, more parents are getting divorced, your best friend moves away, or you feel like you don't fit in.
Now there's a place to find answer and encouragement and to find answers and encouragement and to help you realize that your dreams really can come true.
With funny stories about friends and family, and serious stories about heroic kids and difficult choices, this book with make you laugh, cry, think and feel good about yourself."

Kate's Rating: 9.5/10

The Interview:1. This is the first nonfiction book we've seen you read for Kate's Choice> Do you enjoy fiction or nonfiction more?♥ I tend to read fiction, so I guess I would say I usually enjoy fiction more.

2. Did you enjoy this book? Why or why not?♥ This book was a clue in that not everyone has it so easy, and we should be happy for a good life.

3. Would you continue reading Chicken Soup Books?♥ Yes, I really enjoy them.

4. Your favorite section?♥ On Love

5. Least favorite section?♥ On Death and Dying

6. Why did you pick this book?♥ It looked interesting.

7. Who would you recommend this book to?♥ Children between the ages of 8-12.

8. Do you find the stories relatable?♥ Somewhat, some of the things I haven't experienced.

9. If you could talk to any author from this book which would it be and why?♥ Christ Holder Ocker, because the story she wrote was touching.

10. If you could right a story, which section would it be in?♥ On Friendship.

Sidny & Kate ♥♪♫