June 24, 2009

Death By Series By Linda Gerber (Review)

Death By Bikini

A day at the beach can be murder… Aphra Behn Connolly has the type of life most teenage girls envy. She lives on a remote tropical island and spends most of her time eavesdropping on the rich and famous. The problem is that her family's secluded luxury resort allows few opportunities for her to make friends—much less to meet cute boys. So when a smoldering Seth Mulo turns up with his parents, she's immediately drawn to him. Sure, he's a little bit guarded, and sure his parents are rather cold, and okay he won't say a word about his past, but their chemistry is undeniable.Then a famous rock star's girlfriend turns up dead on the beach—strangled by her own bikini top—and alarm bells sound. What exactly are Seth and his family hiding? And is it too great a coincidence that they turned up just one day before a murder? As Aphra digs into the mystery, she discovers that Seth and his family are in hiding from a dangerous terrorist organization. And, what's more, her mother—whom she hadn't heard from in years—might be involved. As the plot thickens, Aphra finds that danger lurks behind even the most unexpected of faces. . . .

This was super good I don't remember much because I read a week ago and I have read like 10 books since then.But I really love Aphra she is a really good main character and I thought Seth was great to. I can't say to much or it ruins the whole book. But I would read this book. It was really good and the plot was very entertaining and fast paced especially at the last 75ish pages.

Death By Latte

It was only a few weeks ago that Aphra Connolly's life changed completely. She had been living a quiet existence on her father's secluded island resort, until Seth Mulo turned up and stole her heart . . . and provided information that led her to find her mom in Seattle. But the reunion isn't quite what she expected. Aphra's mom, Natalie, doesn't seem happy to see Aphra, and Natalie's boyfriend, Joe, insists that Aphra go home. Even worse, Seth shows up, only to ask her to return the ring he gave her the previous summer. At least Natalie's hunky neighbor is sympathetic. But when Joe is found dead at a nearby coffee shop, Aphra discovers her whole trip to Seattle has been based on a lie. And now someone just might be trying to kill her. . . .

This one wasn't as good as the first one in the beginning but I really liked the ending I think it was almost better. We learn even more about Aphra ans Seth and what kind person Natalie is and her background. There is a lot of mystery and a lot twists and turns and people who don't seem like who they really are.

Death By Denim
Even though Aphra Connolly knows there are some very dangerous people on their tail when she met her mom, Natalie, in Paris, she envisioned the two of them strolling along the Champs-Elysées, sharing Nutella-smeared crepes and mother-daughter bonding. But the only strolling they’ve been doing is from one cheap hostel to another, and the “moments” they share consist of Natalie instructing Aphra on the finer points of anonymity and survival. When Natalie’s CIA contact in Paris is found floating in the Seine with a deadly message stuffed into his mouth, Aphra realizes that, like Seth Mulo and his family, she will never be able to stop running unless she confronts the situation head-on. Sneaking away from her mom and her CIA protector Ryan, Aphra tracks down a criminal mastermind in Italy, only to discover that Seth had the same idea, and her presence may have just put Seth in mortal danger...

This I think was the best in the series so far don't know if there will be anymore. But the plot was the best and got going the fastest and hooked me the fastest too. This definitely had the best ending and turn of events. I can't say much because I might reveal too much

So I know these aren't the best of reviews but Ii had to do this fast and I didn't want a really long post.

But these are a really good and you should really read them.

June 21, 2009

Award Time

I got my very first award from Katie at Katie's Book Blog so Thanks.

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I feel that everyone deserves this award so I won't be nominating anyone.

I also think like everybody has already gotten this award.

In My Mailbox (7)

This was a slow week for me but I still got a book.

Thanks Kristi for this Idea of IMM.

The one book I got was:

The Real Real by Emma Mclaughlin and Nicola Kraus

Imagine there was never a Laguna Beach, a Newport Harbor, the shimmering Hills. Imagine that your hometown—your school—is the first place XTV descends to set up cameras.
Now imagine they've trained them on you.
When Jesse O'Rourke gets picked for a "documentary" being filmed at her school in the Hamptons she's tempted to turn down the offer. But there's a tuition check attached to being on the show, and Jesse needs the cash so she can be the first in her family to attend college. All she has to do is trade her best friend for the glam clique she's studiously avoided, her privacy for a 24/7 mike, and her sense of right and wrong for "what sells on camera." . . . At least there's one bright spot in the train wreck that is her suddenly public senior year: Jesse's crush has also made the cast.
As the producers manipulate the lives of their "characters" to heighten the drama, and Us Weekly covers become a regular occurrence for Jesse, she must struggle to remember one thing: the difference between real and the real real.

This book looks really good and is the type of book I like to read

Thanks Garden of books(for teens) for the contest that I won this from. She even sent me a little note with it.

That's all I got this week. But only getting one book allows me read to catch up on my reading pile. And the last two weeks were really good.

Come back later to my blog and I will announce a challenge Reviewabook 123 and I are hosting this summer.

June 18, 2009

September Sisters By Jillian Cantor

Abigail Reed and her younger sister Becky are always at each others throats. Their mother calls them The September Sisters, because their birthdays are only a day apart and pretends that they’re best friends. But really, they delight in making each other miserable. Then Becky disappears in the middle of the night, and a torn gold chain with a sapphire heart charm is the only clue to the mystery of her kidnapping. Abby struggles to cope with her own feelings of guilt and loss as she tries to keep her family together. When her world is at its bleakest, Abby meets a new neighbor, Tommy, who is dealing with his own loss, and the two of them discover that love can bloom, even when it's surrounded by thorns.
I loved this book. It really touched my heart. I don't have a sister but I have a really annoying little brother who if this happened to I might be happy at first but then I might start to miss him. There were some parts where I wanted to cry but I couldn't because of where I was reading it (Waiting for my summer school health class) (This was not forced on me)(So Don't think I failed a class and had to take summer school) (I am taking it to be ahead when I start High School in the Fall). I was reading on the staircase in this secret like corner and there were teachers talking and I didn't want them to to know I was there. That was like a side story.
The book has some sad and happy moments in it. That make up a really good book.
Abigail was a great main character. She was sad that her sister was gone but was in a way a little happy. Becky sounded really cute like a sister I would want. She sounded funny and charming but was a tattletale.
So overall this book touches your heart and is happy sad and really good. So I highly reccomend it.
4.75 o0ut of 5
I said she was somewhat happy becuase Abigail and Becky fought a lot. So she was glad she was gone so they didn't fight.
But she wasn't happy because her parents were protecting her a lot and wouldn't let her do things.

June 17, 2009

Waiting On Wednesday (1)

This Week's Pick Fairy Tale By Cyn Balong

Comes out: June 23, 2009

I have a countdown on My blog

Morgan Sparks has always known that she and her boyfriend, Cam, are made for each other. But when Cam’s cousin Pip comes to stay with the family, Cam seems depressed. Finally Cam confesses to Morgan what’s going on: Cam is a fairy. The night he was born, fairies came down and switched him with a healthy human boy. Nobody expected Cam to live, and nobody expected his biological brother, heir to the fairy throne, to die. But both things happened, and now the fairies want Cam back to take his rightful place as Fairy King.Even as Cam physically changes, becoming more miserable each day, he and Morgan pledge to fool the fairies and stay together forever. But by the time Cam has to decide once and for all what to do, Morgan’s no longer sure what’s best for everyone, or whether her and Cam’s love can weather an uncertain future.

This book looks really good, Even though I am not a huge fan of like fantasy books with fairys and things. But I still want to read this.

June 14, 2009

In My Mailbox (6)

Since I got a lot of books this week I won't put up pictures

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

I found this at walmart on Monday and just had to get it even though I have never read a Sarah Dessen book before!!!!

It’s been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents’ divorce—or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live.
A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she’s been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend.

The Pretty One by Cheryl Kam
All Megan Fletcher had wanted was to be like her sister Lucy: a beautiful, thin girl whom everyone at the Chesapeake School for Performing Arts worshipped and adored. While Lucy was a star actress with lots of fans, Megan had always been hiding behind the set designs that she and her best friend Simon had created, hoping that no one would notice her.And then one day, life as Megan knew it had changed forever. Megan wasin an accident that disfigured her face and plastic surgeons had torestructure it very carefully. Only no one would have thought that whenthe bandages came off, Megan would be even more beautiful than Lucy . . .

Privilege by Kate Brian
I have already read this but I got it from the library and I found a copy at Half Price Books so I had to get it.

Ariana Osgood ruled exclusive Easton Academy -- until she was arrested for murdering Thomas Pearson. She's spent the past two years at the Brenda T. Trumbull Correctional Facility for Women plotting her escape and is determined to get a second chance at the glamorous life she left behind. And Ariana will do anything to get her way....
From the author of the bestselling Private novels comes a new series about

Beautiful Disasters by Kate Brian
Once I found Privilege I had to go back to Barnes and Noble to get this.

She's Back....
After wasting away in a mental institution for a year and a half, Ariana Osgood is finally back where she belongs. She has a new look, a new name, and a new life -- all thanks to her former friend Briana Leigh Covington.
Now enrolled as a junior at the exclusive Atherton-Pryce boarding school just outside of D.C., Ariana sleeps in Frette sheets, flirts with the captain of the crew team, and gossips with the most beautiful girls on campus. She killed to get back her life of privilege. Just how far will she go to keep it?

Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs
I have read this too. I had to beg my mom to get this. But shes read the book and liked it.

If Phoebe Castro can keep her grades up and have another stellar cross-country season, her dream of attending USC with her best friends is only a track scholarship away. She’s made all her plans, so it’s a complete shock when her mom announces she’s marrying a mysterious stranger and moving them half-way around the world—to Greece.
Phoebe’s stuck on a secret island in the Aegean attending the super-exclusive Academy, where her new stepfather is the headmaster and the kids are anything but your average students—they are descendants of the Greek gods, super powers included. That’s right, Greek gods are no myth! If Phoebe thought high school was hard, she knows this is going to be mortal misery.
Securing that scholarship seems like Phoebe’s only ticket out of Greece, but training and maintaining her grades will be grueling, even without a sabotaging stepsister from Hades and a gorgeous guy—what a god!—who just might be her Achilles heel. One thing is for sure—summoning the will to win and find her place among the gods could be Phoebe’s toughest course yet.
The Greek gods get a makeover in this romantic odyssey of mythic proportion.

Goddess Boot Camp bt Tera Lynn Childs
I just to get this my mom also wanted to read it.

Phoebe recently discovered she’s a descendent of Nike (the goddess, not the shoe), and now she's finding out that supernatural powers come with a crazy learning curve. Her new stepfather, headmaster of the Academy for descendants of Greek gods, has enrolled her in Dynamotheos Development Camp—aka Goddess Boot Camp—with a bunch of ten-year-olds for the summer. Embarrassing as that is, hopefully it’ll help her get control of her powers in time to pass the test of the gods, continue training hard enough to qualify for the Pythian Games (the only sporting event bigger than the Olympics), and enjoy her godly boyfriend, Griffin, all while avoiding getting smoted for accidental misuse of powers!

Twenty Boy Summer By Sarah Ockler
I heard this was good so I had to get it.

According to her best friend Frankie, twenty days in ZanzibarBay is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling, and if they meet one boy ever day, there's a pretty good chance Anna will find her first summer romance. Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but there's something she hasn't told Frankie---she's already had that kind of romance, and it was with Frankie's older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago.Beautifully written and emotionally honest, this is a debut novel that explores what it truly means to love someone and what it means to grieve, and ultimately, how to make the most of every single moment this world has to offer.

I got the first 9 books in The Gossip Girl Series.

Half Price books had them on clearence and 2 other series I really wanted to buy but couldn't. I actually got ten but I got a duplicate by accident since they were bundles.

Gossip Girl
You Know You Love Me
AllI want Is Everything
Because I'm Worth It
I Like It LIke That
You're The One That I want
Nobody Does It Better
Nothing Can Keep Us Together
Only In Your Dreams

June 13, 2009

Hot Mess: Summer In The City by Julie Kraut and Shallon Lester

EMMA FREEMAN IS waving buh-bye to her standard summer of stationwagoning around the suburbs. This summer she’s heading to the big city. Emma’s totally prepped for days at a fabulous internship and nights of socialite-ing around town. But when you’re 17 and not an heiress, reality is far from pink fizzy drinks and red velvet ropes. As the summer heats up, Emma learns that glamour is hard to come by when your only friend is too boy-crazy to hang, your budget is more H&M than D&G, and you spend 8 hours a day working for a man who proves that the devil wears Dockers too. Add one little white lie told to one very hot coworker and a roommate who makes Paris Hilton look junior varsity, and this summer in the city is starting to turn into one hot mess.
This was definetly a summer read. It has great characters who are funny and easy to relate to. The idea of the book was good and funny. I loved Colin he sounded like a gut I would date. The Dorf was really annoying in a chracter way because that's how is character way. I would hate to have him as a boss but he makes part of the great novel. Emma was a little whiny but other than that she was great. Ths book shows some great friendships between Rachel and Emma and how they reley on each other and what bff's are for. Jayla added to fun by making a funny charcter who I think was a little over the top. The plot was never slow and took some bad turns and a few good ones.
I have to say I love the shoes and bracelet on the cover.
3.5 out of 5

June 07, 2009

Breathless by Lurlene Mcdaniel

What is the toughest request anyone can be asked to fulfill?Travis Morrison is a champion diver and one of the most popular kids at school. On the first day of summer vacation, while boating on the lake with his friends, Travis attempts a silly stunt dive that goes wrong. He fears he has broken his leg. Instead, his trip to the hospital reveals he has a rare form of cancer, and to save him, the doctors tell his parents they must amputate. In an instant, Travis’s life and the lives of everyone around him are forever changed. Travis is determined that he and only he should decide the course of his life. He has a plan, but he can’t carry it out alone. Will he convince one of his friends to fulfill his most important request? Lurlene McDaniel tackles a controversial subject, probing the issues of personal choice and quality of life.
I love Lurlene Mcdaniel books but this one wan't one of my favorites. I didn't really like the changing narrators in each chapter. In all the other books you like feel the person's pain but in this one I just didn't feel it. You never really got to know the characters. You got to know little tidbits about them but you never really knew anything about them.
If you want to read a Lurlene McDaniel book I wouldn't suggest this one but try The Time Capsule,Telling Christina Goodbye,Till Death Do Us Part and For Better, for Worse, Forever .
3.5 out of 5 stars

In My Mailbox (5)

I finally had a good week or day I mean I got them all yesterday all but one were with a giftcard. I got them at Barnes and Noble, Half Price Books and Sam's Club. So Yay I finally book 8 to be exact.

Thanks Kristi for the IMM Idea

I guess I had a thing for Melissa de la Cruz books since I got three.

Lovestruck Summer by Melissa Walker

Austin music fest
Yay, summer in Austin!
Good food, good times. Fun for everyone!
Okay, living with my sorority-brainwashed cousin, who willingly goes by "Party Penny," is not exactly what I had in mind.
All your favorite bands
But the cute musicians I've met totally make up for it . . . like Sebastian. Swoon.
All ages welcome
So why can't I stop thinking about Penny's friend All-American Russ and his Texas twang??
Saturday & Sunday, from noon to midnight
Don't wait up!

Girl Stays in the Picture by Melissa de la Cruz

If you can’t be a mega-selling teen pop star, maybe you can join her entourage…
Devon—one name only, please—is the latest and jail-bait-est pop star to hit #1 on the Billboard chart and she’s making her big screen debut in Juicy. But after a stint in rehab, the studio isn’t so sure she’s their girl anymore. If they cut any more of her lines, she’ll be a silent film actress! Can Devon regain her star status? She needs to watch her back and make sure that flash doesn’t catch her causing a scene, and we don’t mean the kind you can yell "Cut!" after.
Livia has lost the weight and gained a reputation for attitude in the Hollywood party scene. Her dad’s an Oscar-winning producer, and with a hot Beverly Hills boyfriend on her arm as well as her photos all over the pages of Gossizzle.com, Livia looks like she has a perfect life. But looks can be perfectly deceiving…
And there’s fresh-faced Casey, who left a job bagging groceries at the Piggly Wiggly to play personal assistant to her best friend...and Devon’s biggest rival. She’s got the biggest crush on the biggest star of the film—a hot Brit known for loving and leaving them. Will Casey stay true to herself while trying to find a place in his universe?
Stars. They’re just like us. But what does that mean for the rest of us? Stay tuned, people.

Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen

Halley and Scarlett have been best friends for years, sharing secrets, clothes, and crushes. People know Scarlett as the popular, flamboyant one; Halley's just her quiet sidekick. Then, at the beginning of their junior year, the balance shifts. First, Scarlett's boyfriend Michael is killed in a freak accident; soon afterward, she learns that she is carrying his baby. For the first time, Scarlett really needs Halley. Their friendship may bend under the weight, but it'll never break--because a true friendship is a promise you keep forever.

Klepto by Jenny Pollack
Couldn't find Summary

But I got a cool waterproof splash proof cover

Trash Talk: Good Girls, Bad Boys and Dirty Big Secrets by Cherie Bennett and Jeff Gotterfeld

Couldn't find cover or summary

I think these are a 3 and 4 book in a series

Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz

Within New York City’s most elite families, there lurks a secret society of celebrated Americans whose ancestors sailed on the Mayflower. They are the powerful and the wealthy—and in fact, they are not human. They are the Blue Bloods, an ancient group of vampires.
Schuyler Van Alen has never fit in at Duchesne, her prestigious New York City private school. She prefers baggy, vintage clothes instead of the Prada and pearls worn by her classmates, and she lives with her reclusive grandmother in a dilapidated mansion. Schuyler is a loner—and happy that way.
But when she turns fifteen, Schuyler’s life changes dramatically. She has a mosaic of blue veins on her arms, and craves raw meat. The death of a popular girl from Duchesne is surrounded by a mystery that haunts her. And strangest off all, Jack Force, the most popular boy in school, is showing a sudden interest in her.
Schuyler wants to find out the secrets the Blue Bloods are keeping. But is she herself in danger?

Masquerade by Melissa de la Cruz

Schuyler Van Alen wants an explanation for the mysterious deaths of young Blue Bloods. Her search brings her to Venice, Italy, in the hopes of finding the one person who can help. Meanwhile, back in New York, preparations are feverishly underway for the famous Four Hundred Ball, an exclusive gala hosted by the city’s wealthy, powerful, and unhuman—a true Blue Blood affair. But it’s at the after-party masquerade that the true danger lurks. Hidden behind the masks is a revelation that will change the course of a young vampire’s destiny.

Wings by Aprilynne Pike

Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful--too beautiful for words.
Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings.

It's Almost Summer (for me)

I get out of school on Tuesday. Yay I am finally graduating from eighth grade. Since I go to a small school we have a ceremony and everything. But I am scared to start high school for a couple reasons. I have been with almost my whole class of 12 kids for 9 years (except 4 people) so we are all really close and know like everything about eachother we even call ourselves a dysfunctional family. I have to go a really big school where there are two floors and way bigger than my school right now. We have 4 classrooms we go to throughtout the day. I scared for lunch because I don't know many kids in the school so I don't know who I will sit by I will probaly sit by my class right now or at least I hope so.
Summer comes for me Thursady because we have a class trip Thursday. But over the June and July I am being forced to go to health class instead of taking it next year. But I get credits for it so yay. But I feel like I will be wasteing away my summer sitting at the high school for 4 hours. I have to ride the summer school bus there since my mom can't take me. So I will to sit for a 1.5 hours doing nothing so I think I will read then and catch up my huge pile of books.
For vacation this summer we might go to Niagara Falls so that's all I planned to do this summer. So what are you doing this summer?