Book Name: Fixing Delilah
Author/s: Sarah Ockler
Language English
Source: Bought
Publisher, year: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2010
Page total: 320
Date Read: December 7-10 2010
Genre/s: YA, Contemporary Fiction
Synopsis/Description:Things in Delilah Hannaford's life have a tendency to fall apart.

She used to be a good student, but she can't seem to keep it together anymore. Her "boyfriend" isn't much of a boyfriend. And her mother refuses to discuss the fight that divided their family eight years ago. Falling apart, it seems, is a Hannaford tradition.

Over a summer of new friendships, unexpected romance, and moments that test the complex bonds between mothers and daughters, Delilah must face her family's painful past. Can even her most shattered relationships be pieced together again?

Rich with emotion, Sarah Ockler delivers a powerful story of family, love, and self-discovery.
First line of Book:"Claire?"

Review: A little while after reading Twenty Boy Sumer (which I loved, by the way), I heard Sarah Ockler had another book coming, called Fixing Delilah. As you can deduce from this review, I obviously got it.
I wasn't sure of what it would be like. Okay, I knew it would be about three women and a family secret and an old house. But I wasn't expecting it to be more than that.
As it turns out, this was a great story about self-discovery, romance, family, and strong emotions. The writing was beautiful and sad and... you know, beautiful.
Delilah was a likable girl, even though she made her fair share of mistakes. I love main characters who make mistakes, it makes them so human. Patrick was also very likable. He was so talented and sweet and so cute! I just didn't like the way their romance flowed. So, she goes back, find that boy almost immediately and they hang out and then what? I thought it was so fast - too fast - even though they'd known each other for their whole lives.
I also loved Delilah's mom's evolution. I loved the ending. And I loved the Hannaford girls.
So if you're looking for a great, beautifully written, tear-worthy contemporary fiction, this is for you.
Rating: 5/5
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Book Name:
Once in a Full Moon
Author/s: Ellen Schreiber
Language English
Source: netgalley
Publisher, year: Katherine Tegen Books, 2010
Page total: 304
Date Read: December 24-28 2010
Genre/s: YA, Fantasy, Werewolves, Fiction
Synopsis/Description: Beware of a kiss under the full moon. It will change your life forever.

Celeste Parker is used to hearing scary stories about werewolves—Legend's Run is famous for them. She's used to everything in the small town until Brandon Maddox moves to Legend's Run and Celeste finds herself immediately drawn to the handsome new student. But when, after an unnerving visit with a psychic, she encounters a pack of wolves and gorgeous, enigmatic Brandon, she must discover whether his transformation is more than legend or just a trick of the shadows in the moonlight.

Her best friends may never forgive her if she gives up her perfect boyfriend, Nash, for Brandon, who's from the wrong side of town. But she can't deny her attraction or the strong pull he has on her. Brandon may be Celeste's hero, or he may be the most dangerous creature she could encounter in the woods of Legend's Run.

Psychic predictions, generations-old secrets, a town divided, and the possibility of falling in love with a hot and heroic werewolf are the perfect formula for what happens . . . once in a full moon.
First line of Book:It began underneath the haunting glow of a full moon.

Review:In case you don't know, I really like the Vampire Kisses series, I think it's really cool. So I was expecting a bit more of this book. I was really disappointed.
Celeste was kind of a likable character- with that I mean that I really liked her in the beginning (she's a good person) but then she became incredibly obnoxious (with that I mean that her goody-goody attitude became too much and that she became one of those girls who is dependent of her boyfriend), I even got to the point of reading her name and asking myself Uh, who is this girl and what the hell is she doing here? so, yeah, it was THAT bad.
I didn't get Brandon. I mean, they hardly know each other and they're kissing already and he saves her life and then what? It seemed to me he was just there to be the Knight in Shiny Armour or something. Flat, flat, flat.
Now, Nash. Okay, so imagine a good-looking immature boy. Yes, that's it. Now wipe out almost every other aspect of his personality except his lack of immaturity and some kind of sick determination to get what he wants and voilà, you get Nash! Doesn't sound very appealing, does it?
However, I do admit that it is a light and sometimes funny read, and I really liked Mr Worthington and his werewolf stories.
Rating: 2/5
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Okay, so, in case you don't know, I just got a Kindle (actually, it's coming tomorrow, I'm so excited, YAY!) so I decided to enter this challenge (and in case you don't know, I LOVE challenges) because, you know, Kindle, e-books, challenge, myself... it's all a lovely mix.




This particular challenge is hosted at The Ladybug Reads (which I think is a lovely name, by the way) and these are its guidelines:

1. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate.

--Non-bloggers: Include your information in the comment section.

2. There are four levels:

-- Curious – Read 3 e-books.

-- Fascinated – Read 6 e-books.

-- Addicted – Read 12 e-books.

-- Obsessed – Read 20 e-books.

3. Any genre counts.

4. You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap-up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you.

5. Challenge begins January 1, 2011 and lasts until December 31, 2011.

6. When you sign up under Mr. Linky, put the direct link to your post about the E-Book Reading Challenge. Include the URL so that other participants can join in and read your reviews and post.

I'll be participating on the Obsessed level (for obvious reasons ;)

What about you? Have you signed in for this challenge yet?
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Hey, so, this is a movie review by a great character, Priscilla Sumner, from Sybil Nelson's book Priscilla the Great. (If you want to read my review, go here)
Hope you like it!
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My Twilight Book Review by Priscilla Sumner a.k.a Probably the Last Person on the Planet who has Neither Read the Book Nor Seen the Movie.


I admit it. I’m probably the only 13 year old girl who has completely stayed away from Twilight. I’ve never read a single sentence of the book, and God knows I have not seen any midnight viewings of the wildly popular movies. But I still wanted to give my summary of a book that I’ve never read to see how close I come.

Okay, so Bella is a small town girl who apparently never smiles and who obviously can’t get a date with a normal boy thus her only two options are a vampire and a werewolf. Seriously, are there no jocks at her school? Anyway, she meets Edward and it’s love at first sight or something. Or maybe she’s blinded by his skin which I hear glitters in the sunlight. A hot and heavy romance begins with probably some really awesome make out scenes. Maybe I should read the book just for the make out scenes.

Now Edward is not all he seems to be. He’s hundreds of years old, but apparently he has the same sort of syndrome as Matthew McConaughey’s character from Dazed and Confused where he has a thing for teenage girls. He “keeps getting older, they stay the same age.” Gross.

Edward’s family doesn’t like Bella. They probably want to eat her or drink her blood or whatever. But Edward has found a soul mate in this girl who is a fraction of his age and I’m sure he swears to protect her or whatever.

Enter furry little Jacob. I think Jacob is poor and homeless or has an upper body allergy to clothing, thus his lack of a shirt in all the Twilight promos I see. Anyway, I think Bella at one point had a puppy she loved as child and therefore she feels some sort of attraction to a werewolf. Just so you know I’m not completely out of it, I know that later on he turns out to be a shapeshifter. I think that is even less appealing to me as the only shapeshifter I know is that weird looking guy from Star Trek Deep Space Nine.

Jacob and Edward hate each other. I’m not sure why. I guess Vampires and Werewolfs have some kind of long standing rivalry like the Red Sox and the Yankees or maybe they just don’t enjoy the taste of each other’s saliva on Bella’s tongue.

So a bunch of stuff happens but what it really comes down to is that Bella has to choose between Edward and Jacob. Of course, she chooses Edward and they live happily ever after on his retirement benefits.

So that’s Twilight from the perspective of a girl who has not read the book. Am I close? Let me know.

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Priscilla is a character from the new book Priscilla the Great by Sybil Nelson. Visit her website www.priscillathegreat.com for more info.





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Book Name:
Priscilla the Great
Author/s: Sybil Nelson
Language English
Publisher, year: WorldMaker Media 2010
Page total: 276
Date Read: December 21, 2010
Genre/s: MG, Action, Fiction, Sci-Fi
Synopsis/Description:Meet Priscilla Sumner, an ordinary seventh grader with extraordinary gifts. As if middle school isn’t hard enough, not only does Priscilla have to fight pimples and bullies, but genetically enhanced assassins trying to kill her and her family. Armed with wit, strength, and a genius best friend, Priscilla must defeat the Selliwood Institute, an organization dead set on turning children into killing machines.

Add an older brother annoyingly obsessed with Christina Aguilera, mischievous baby twin brothers who could scare the sin off of Satan, and parents more puzzling than a Rubik’s cube in the Bermuda triangle and expect a smoking page-turner!
First line of Book:I awoke tied to a chair.

Review:I have to admit I wasn't sure of what to expect with Priscilla. It sounded awesome, but would it be awesome? I wasn't very sure.

Boy, I was wrong.

I found myself liking Priss from the first chapter - literally. She is, in one word, awesome. (I know, I need to broaden my horizons vocabulary-wise, but this is works really well in here). If she were real, I'd want her to be my friend. She is a fun, feisty, determined, and really cool girl, and the way she dealt with everything was very realistic (with that I mean she was neither too mature nor too immature) and I really liked the mix of action and Middle School drama. I thought that was so. Damn. Cool.
About the boys, I can't say much, but it's pretty obvious from the beginning someone has a thing for her, and I absolutely adore when boys do't know what to say when they like a girl. It's so endearing.
Now, to the genius bff. I can't say this is very original, but it really works with the storyline, and Tai definitely won me over.

This book is full of action and I was always either laughing like crazy, or awing like crazy (is that even a verb?) or giggling like crazy. I was never bored, never pissed off at anyone. This is a highly entertaining read, and though it's obviously aimed at Middle Grade audiences, I think older people would enjoy it too.

Now, when is the next one coming?
Rating: 5/5
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Book Name:
Anna and the French Kiss
Author/s: Stephanie Perkins
Language English
Publisher, year: Dutton, 2010
Page total: 372
Date Read: December 6-7 2010
Genre/s: YA, Romance, Coming of Age, Realistic Fiction,Contemporary Fiction
Synopsis/Description: 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 Étienne St. Claire: 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?
First line of Book:Here is everything i know about France: Madeline and Amélie and Moulin Rouge.

Review: I first read about this book on Gayle Forman's blog and it immediately caught my attention. Not only the synopsis sounded great but Gayle herself said it was really good too. After that, I started noticing that every time Anna and the French Kiss was mentioned, it was always highly praised by both authors and bloggers everywhere. So of course I got curious and had to get it myself!
Going with the flow is not very original, but this time, the flow is right. Damn, this book is good.
Anna is sweet, funny, smart and didn't annoy me at all. Her voice is unique and hilarious and I laughed so hard I had to stop reading and just enjoy the moment (actually, this happened several times throughout the book). Her relationship with St Clair really got me on the edge of my seat and I kept wondering whether they'd be together or not.
Étienne St. Clair was such a great boy/love interest. I loved that he was not perfect physically (but still beautiful) and that he made lots of mistakes himself.
I also loved the setting. Man, you don't see that many novels set in France, at least not American ones so I liked that too.
The prose is good, and the plot - oh my, it was nearly perfect! A great mix of fluffiness and that finding-yourself thing. Perkins really got me waiting for Lola and the Boy Next Door, which is a companion novel to Anna and the French Kiss. Hmm, can I wait that long?
I'd recommend this to teens and YA book-lovers. Honestly, I don't usually like this kind of romantic intrigues but this is good. Now get up and get it.
Rating: 5/5
Quotes from book:
"Boys turns girls into such idiots."

"Why is it that the right people never wind up together? Why are people so afraid to leave a relationship, even if they know it's a bad one?"

"I wish friends held hands more often, like the children I see on the streets sometimes. I'm not sure why we have to grow up and get embarrassed about it."


I heard of this challenge at The Story Siren and I was immediately interested. It is hosted at YA Bliss, and there are 3 levels:

  • Level 1: 5 YA HF books in 2011
  • Level 2: 10 YA HF books in 2011
  • Level 3: 15 YA HF books in 2011 <--- this is the level I'll be participating in

it runs from January 1st to December 31st 2011.

Here are my books*:

  1. The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
  2. Envy by Anna Godbersen
  3. Splendor by Anna Godbersen
  4. Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
  5. Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson
  6. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  7. Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell
  8. Wildthorn by Jane Eagland
  9. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
  10. The Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry
  11. The Season by Sarah MacLean
  12. Deadly by Julie Chibbaro
  13. The Lost Crown by Sarah Miller
  14. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly - Reviewed

* bold: own
striked: read

This is my first list. It will probably be edited as the challenge progresses


What are your YA HF books for 2011?
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