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Monday, May 31, 2010

Just A Little Update

Hey everyone,

So, this weekend there was another booksale at the library. I did not get as many books as last time. This time I managed to get 141. The selection wasn't as great this time. Oh, well. I have enough books to make my own library. :P

I'm really excited for summer becasue instead of reading books, I'm planning on finishing mine! I'm really excited about that! It still needs an enormous amount of work though but the outline is being finalized this time. No more changing it, because I plan on getting it just the way I like it. I'm going over and over it and making all the changes that need to be made.

Right now my main focus is school. However, this blog actually is part of a project. I'm suppose to read six books of a genre I'll always read and six of a genre I rarley read. I picked romance and science fiction.

I would like to thank my teacher-librarian for giving this to me as an assignment. I've gone above and beyond the criteria as I am have pretty much posted every book on here that I have read this year. I also plan on continuing with this for who knows how long. So thank you! :)

Well, that's about it! More posts coming soon. :)

~~~Your, Bookworm

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment (Book 1) by James Patterson

Genre: Action, Thiller, Adventure, Mystery, Science Fiction
Rating: 5


“Basically, if you put a fence around New York City, you’d have the world’s biggest nontravelling circus.” –Max


Young Fourteen-year-old Maximum ride is 98% human and 2% bird. And the girl can fly. She’s got a load on her plate and more than she can eat and if you know her you’d know that the girl could win three pie eating contests in a row.

Max’s Dinner Plate (Also known as Missions):
• To protect the rest of her gang – Fang, Iggy, Nudge, The Gasman and Angel, from a pack of half-wolf, half-human mutants with a taste for flying humans.
• Rescue angel from a team of wack-job scientists.
• Infiltrate a secret facility to track down their missing parents (if they have any).
• Interpret what she really thinks about Fang.
• Get revenge on the one person she thought she could trust.
• Discover the best chocolate-chip cookie in New York City.
• And finally, save the entire world, why not?

Why Read It?

Fasten yourself in tight for this thrill ride that you can go on as many times as you please without the risk of getting sick to your stomach. It's a boys and girls read and if you love nonstop action, adrenaline, mystery, and suspense you better prepare for launch... no joke... these pages truly fly!

My Thoughts

Okay, so I completely and utterly loved this book. I cannot wait to read the next book. However, I’m trying to buy myself a little time between reading each book. I mean I want to read these books so fast but I want to read them slowly so the story lasts longer.
Anyway, I’ve rated it a five. I’m going to read this book multiple times for sure. I’m pretty sure I hit a new speed of reading. I’ve bumped up about ten pages in an hour, that’s how good it is and I can guarantee that any person who thrives for adventure, a little thrill, chocolate chip cookies and mystery this is something they’ll enjoy. I’d say especially people who hate reading, the chapters are no more than three pages long, which makes you feel like you’re accomplishing a lot in a way, maybe. My point is it has a super easy reading level, and those who prefer a challenge, well, all the mystery and suspense does it for you.
My favourite thing about this book though is all the sarcasm Max puts into the story, I love being in her head. However, something you should know is it will switch to a third person perspective and then back to hers. Like I said, it’s a easy read so it’s not hard to follow, it’s not like you’re suddenly in someone else’s head. It’s all her head and here and there a he/she perspective.
Now I want wings! Maybe I should think that desire through a little more... Nah, I like the idea of being able to fly, which is why I plan on going Norwegian Free Falling! I mean when I’m of age, because my mom says if I went now it would be abuse or something, I don’t know. I wasn’t really listening I was too busy daydreaming about flying. And you won’t be able to blame me if you read this book, the way Max describes her experience, well it’ll leave you breathless to the point you’re turning blue to purple. I’ll post a link at the bottom or you can search for it on YouTube or something.
I guess that’s about all I have to say for this book. Pfft. Yeah, right! I could go on forever about how much I love this adventurous series James Patterson has put together.
Literally, these pages fly! (Mentioned for the third time!!!!).


NEXT IN THE SERIES: Maximum Ride: School's Out- Forever (Book 2) by James Patterson

The Rules Of Survival by Nancy Werlin

Genre: Tragedy, Reality,
Rating: 3
Pages: 259


Enter Matt’s world where he lives with his two younger sisters and his crazy, insane mother and all her boyfriends. Meanwhile Aunt Bobby is downstairs stuffing her face with food and not paying the smallest speck of attention to the bigger picture: Matt, Cali and Emma need to get away from their mom. It’s a struggle to survive under the roof of his mom, which feels more like a rain cloud.
But then Matt discovers Murdoch, a man he witnessed rescuing a little boy in the convenience store. And Matt knows if he can get his attention their might just be a little hope. Amazingly, Murdoch begins dating his mom and life’s almost good. But when Murdoch dumps his mom all roads lead to hell. Matt knows he’ll need to take action, but can he survive these measures alone?

Why Read It?

This isn’t a typical “Mom goes through a bunch of boyfriends” classic. It’s a scary adventure for Emma, Cali and Matt, just kids. It’s heartbreaking and infuriating, yet brilliant and satisfying, a story you won’t want to forget. For Girls and Boys!

My Thoughts

The Rules of Survival is basically about these three kids trying to get away from their insane crazy mother. Her actions simply made me want rip her hair out at some points. Other times she confused me with her behaviour.
It’s a great story about overcoming adversity. It covers mostly family relationships and the romantic relationship between Murdoch and her. However, it is mainly about surviving a parent that might as well be a scary uncontrollable teenager.
I rated The Rules of Survival a three because it was a good book, and I don’t think I’d read it again. Mostly because the story line wasn’t in that great of my interest and books like this aren’t something that I enjoy particularly. Reality and Tragedy novels I find don’t lift my mood although sometimes they give me a great sense of relief and that’s why I enjoy them for the most part.
I think the lesson in this book is just to take action and seek help and don’t stop until you get it. I believe that’s an important ability to have, and I’m glad Matt had it in him to get word out, no matter how difficult it was and he kept trying whether he succeeded or failed. I admire him for that. So maybe you want to pick this up and read it, maybe you don’t, but I think you’re missing out on a great novel, after all it’s a National Book Award Finalist, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist and a ALA Quick Pick!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid Book Series by Jeff Kinney

Disclaimer/Note: I usually make up my own summaries for the books that I read, however, I did not for these ones. The "Why Read It?" and of course the "My Thoughts" sections are all me talkin'. Enjoy!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Book 1)

Genre: Comedy
Rating: 5
Pages: 217

“Just don’t expect me to be all “Dear Diary” this and “Dear Diary” that.” –Greg Heffley


Being a kid can really stink. And no one knows this better than Greg Heffley, who finds himself forced into middle school, where undersized weaklings share hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (Book 2)

Rating: 5
Pages: 217

"I guess Mom was pretty proud of herself for making me write in that journal last year, because now she went and bought me another one.” -Greg Heffley


Whatever you do, don’t ask Greg Heffley how he spent his summer vacation, because he definitely doesn’t want to talk about it.
As Greg enters the new school year, he’s eager to put the past three months behind him...and one event in particular.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw (Book 3)

Genre: Comedy
Rating: 5
Pages: 217

“You know how you’re suppose to come up with a list of “resolutions” at the beginning of the year to try to make yourself a better person? Well the problem is, it’s not easy for me to think of ways to improve myself, because I’m already pretty much one of the best people I know. So this year my resolution is to try and help OTHER people improve. But the thing I’m finding out id that some people don’t really appreciate it when you’re trying to be helpful.” -Greg Heffley


Let’s face it: Greg Heffley will never change his wimpy ways. Somebody just needs to explain that to Greg’s father.
You see, Frank Heffley actually thinks he can get his son to toughen up, up and he enlists Greg in organized sports and other “manly” endeavours.
Of course, Greg is easily able to sidestep his father’s efforts to change him. But when Greg’s dad threatens to send him to military academy, Greg realizes he has to shape up...or get shipped out.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (Book 4)

Rating: 5
Pages: 217

“Mom says it’s not “natural” for a kid to stay indoors when it’s sunny out. I tell her that I’m just trying to protect my skin so I don’t look all wrinkly when I’m old like her, but she doesn’t want to hear it.” -Greg Heffley


Its summer vacation- the weather’s great, and all the kids are having fun outside. So where’s Greg Heffley? He’s inside his house, playing videos games with the shades drawn.
Greg, a self-confessed “indoor person,” is living out his ultimate summer fantasy: no responsibilities and no rules. But Greg’s mom has a different vision for an ideal packed with outdoor activities and “family togetherness.”
Whose vision will win out? Or will a new addition to the Heffley family change everything?

My Thoughts

Greg Heffley, is a wimp, but not just an ordinary everyday wimp, he’s a wimp who’s completely full of himself. It’s really amusing though to read his diaries. I think a lot of younger boys are going to enjoy them. My brother, especially, enjoys them and he HATES reading whatsoever! So, anyone who doesn’t care for reading these are books that are something that just might get you into reading.
Also there is a movie. I did go and see it and it stayed true to the book for the most part. it was a great movie, lots of laughter. They added a character that didn't exist in the book, but she was needed and it all worked out. I really enjoyed the movie, but as always the book is just better. :)
Personally, I had to read these books as fast as I could, they were soooooo goooood. I couldn’t put them down! They’re full of humour and little cartoons. If you’re ever looking for a great laugh, this is something that might just satisfy you!

P.S I can't wait for the fifth book!

P.P.S Look Out For the Do It Yourself book!!

One More Thing....

Click Here For... Diary Of A Wimpy Kid Movie Trailer

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Grave by James Heneghan

Genre: Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, Adventure
Rating: 5/5
Pages: 236

"I've got a story to tell. I'll be surprised if anybody believes it because sometimes I don't even believe it myself. But I've got to tell it. It all started when I fell into a black hole. Or was dragged, more like..." -Tom


Tom Mullen was abandoned in a department store as a baby, now at thirteen years old he is still being moved from one foster home to another. When he hears rumours about a mass grave being unburied on his school property he can’t stay away from it.
One day when Tom falls into its terrible darkness and beyond where hi discovers he is no longer in Liverpool in 1974 but in Ireland in 1847. A family named Monaghan takes him in, and for the first time Tom experiences what it is like to have parents and siblings who care for one another.
But why has Tom been transported across time and place, any why must the grave keep yanking him back to its dreary, lonely existence in Liverpool? Most of all, what does it mean that the Monaghan’s son Tully is practically Tom’s double?

Why Read It?

Just like Tom has been drawn and pulled into the grave, you won’t be able to escape this heart-warming story.

My Thoughts

When I read The Grave, it was three years ago for English class grade seven. I was not found of it, because it seemed so dreary and unappealing, but once the teachers convinced me it was a good book I got into it al little book and only a few months later did I truly realize what a good book this is. My brother has read it now also, and just like me I don’t think he was all that into it. I don’t think he’s going to appreciate the story for a little while longer, but that’s ok.
This book is something I’m going to have to read again and soon this year... I’m not sure when though... for now it will be placed on the list of book I’ve read but not this year, and then when I read it I’ll add it to the books I’ve read this year... However, I don’t know if I will write a second review for this book. I probably will since it definitely deserves two reviews.
I hope you get around to reading this wonderful time-travelling story!

Teenage Mermaid by Ellen Schrieber

Genre: Romance, Mythical
Rating: 5/5
Pages: 150

"I'm going to drown! I'm only fifteen. I haven't gotten my driver's license yet. I haven't surfed the famous Pipeline in Hawaii. I haven't fall in love- unless my
Sports Illustrated swimsuit poster counts. I barely had any breath left as I desperatley tried to reach the surface. Then it hit me- not the meaining of life, but my surfboard." -Spencer

"What I did was forbidden. To see one was objectionable, to be seen is prohibited, but to touch an Earthee is punishable by exile. And I, fifteen-year-old Waterlilly, touched on on the lips!" -Lilly


Spencer is about to drown in a surfing accident, until he is rescued by a sparkling golden girl who saves him with a kiss before she suddenly disappears. He is left not only awe-struck but love-struck too. Where did this gorgeous angel appear out of the blue from and when will she return?

Lilly has always been fascinated by humans, no matter how many times she is warned that they are dangerous and careless. Curious Lilly rescues a boy from nearly drowning one morning. She totally can’t believe what she did, but she realizes that she has to find her handsome Earthdude; because he accidentally ripped off her silver heart locket which she desperately needs back.

Why Read It?

If you love mermaids, romance and a little bit of humour this is definitely something that you’ll want to add to your reading list. It’s easy to read and great for all ages.

My Thoughts

When I first read this book I was twelve or thirteen years old. I decided to pick it up again recently this year for the third time. It’s one of my favourite books and it reminds me of the little mermaid. It’s an adorable love story that I just can’t get over. I don’t know what else to say...

Millicent’s Gift by Ann Rinaldi

Genre: Paranormal, Supernatural, Magic, Problem Novel, Tragedy
Rating: 2/5
Pages: 218

"It's special, this Gift, and all women and some men in my family have it, and because I will turn fourteen in September, I'm coming to the end of my apprenticeship and will soon be able to use it." -Millicent


Millicent’s fourteenth birthday won’t be an ordinary day. In her family, turning fourteen means receiving a magical Gift: the ability to make one wish on life that will come true.
But Millicent isn’t sure she’s ready for that kind of of power. As her birthday draws closer, she realizes more and more how dangerous her magic is, and how difficult the choices ahead will be. Struggling with secrets, love, and betrayal, in the end Millicent has to make the hardest decision of all.

Why Read It?

Magic is one of the most popular and desired thing in the world. Millicent’s Gift will give you a good idea of what it’s like to hold so much power at such a young age.

My Thoughts

I think that this book COULD be amazing, but I think it needs more work put into it to truly beocme a hit. I might reccomend it to someone who prefers short, simple stories about magic, but otherwise not so much. However, it did hold something important: I believe it's theme was to make your own decisions wisely except I've enver been good with themes so don't take my word for it.
Everyone wants magic, right? Or at least there has been one point in everyone’s life where they wished they could have magic, maybe a wish or even a super power. Millicent has one wish, and she doesn’t know what to do with it. That’s more than anyone can handle with high school and then on top of that everyone knows about it.
Something I would just like to slip into here is that love is the closest thing we have to magic. It doesn’t have much to do with the book, but I just want to say that. I think that’s why everyone craves a romance so much.
Throughout the story, Millicent is learning who she is and facing decisions that are placed at the highest level of difficulty. She’s just like another teenager but her life is completely twisted up in magic and she just wishes that she had a normal life.
All in all, it was a good book, I enjoyed it and I think a lot of people would feel the same way, then again maybe not.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Angus, Thongs and Full-frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

Genre: Comedy, Romance
Rating: 4
Pages: 247

There are six things wrong with my life.
1.I have one of those under-the-skin spots that will never come to a head, but lurk in a red way for the next two years.
2.It is one my nose.
3.I have a three-year-old sister who may have peed somewhere in my room.
4.In fourteen says the summer hols will be over and then it will be back to Stalag 14 and Oberfuther Frau Simpson and her bunch of sadistic “teachers.”
5.I am very ugly and need to go into an ugly home.
6.I went to a party dressed as a stuffed olive.


Georgia is just like any other girl; she shaved her eyebrows off accidentally, she’s desperate, believes herself to be ugly and just wants a boyfriend. This interesting diary-like story includes boy-stalking, teacher baiting and full snogging with a sex god.

Why Read It?

It’s one of those books that you can just laugh at and no doubt feel good about yourself. Georgia is a teenage girl I think anyone could relate to.

My Thoughts

This book was funny, and realistic. Georgia is just one of those characters that are so real. I haven’t read about a girl in a book that seemed so real like this I don’t think ever. However, I don’t have any intention on reading it a second time, because it wasn’t something that I absolutely loved, even though it was something I enjoy and gave me a good laugh. I’m going to recommend this to a lot of people, especially ones who are much into reading because it is a very easy read.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Genre: Tragedy
Pages: 328

"My name was Salmon like the fish, first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973.” -Susie


In heaven Susie Salmon is adjusting to her new home in heaven while she watches life on Earth carry on without her. She can only observe while her friends trade rumours about her disappearance, scrutinize over her killer covering his tracks and painfully watch her broken-hearted grieving family’s strong relationships loosen and gradually unravel.

Why Read It?

The Lovely Bones is worth reading because of the thought put into it. The way it describes a tragic loss of a young girl, how it interprets a family struggling to cope and the thoughts of the murderer who attempts to cover his involvement is just so breath-taking you’ll be in sync with Susie yourself.

My Thoughts

Although what I said about The Lovely Bones in the “Why Read It?” section there are a few things you might like to know before picking up this book. Number one, it’s not a thriller; it has more to do with the relationships of the family. Number two, some of it is very graphic and may make you feel uncomfortable. And number three, let’s face it, it isn’t the happiest story in the world; it’s a very tragic story.
This book is a very mature read and that’s why I had a hard time reading it mostly because it was slow-paced. Besides those three things that I just informed you of, which you may not mind, which is great this book might be a good one for you to read, the book is actually astonishing and Alice Sebold did an excellent job of capturing the characters actions and emotions.
My point that I am trying to get across here is that I had a lot of trouble reading this book for two reasons... it was extremely sad and very slow paced, therefore it may not be the best teen read: But still an excellent well-written novel... That I don’t believe I will be reading again until I am in my forties.

Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

Genre: Tragedy, True Story, Diary
Rating: 4
Pages: 214

"I'm partly somebody else trying to fit in and say the right things and do the right thing and be in the right place and wear what everybody else is wearing. Sometimes I think we're all trying to be shadows of each other." -Alice


Her life turned to ruins with just one little thing... She was served a soft drink laced with LSD in a dangerous party game. This drug imprisoned her, stole her out of her comfortable home and made her runaway form her loving family, all in return was the disastrous streets of a merciless city. It was a journey that would rob her of her innocence, her youth and in the end... her life.

Why Read It?

Go Ask Alice is the perfect example of what drugs can do to your life. It’ll take you down a road that you won’t be able to imagine. This girl’s life was marred with tragedy, and it will leave you rethinking your entire life.

My Thoughts

First off, what is the girl’s name? I don’t know. I’m guessing it’s Alice? Maybe not. However, I’m just going to call her Alice.
I was stunned at Alice’s life journey. How could a naive young girl gone through all of that...drugs...rape...being homeless. I have absolutely no clue. Alice made me look over things; she made me revaluate my life. So after I read this book, I made sure I was thankful for everything! ...Even the stuff I wasn’t so crazy about.
Something fishy I found about this book was the way this girl talked. Perhaps it was where she lived and the time she lived in, but I just found it really bizarre and unrealistic, I did get used to it though.
I rated this book a four, even though I would have rather rated it a three or three and a half. This is because I, myself, would not read it again but it’s something that I would recommend to a friend. I wouldn’t read it again because in some parts it was dull and mostly just depressing and sometimes that can be hard to handle. However, I would recommend it to someone because I want them to feel as thankful about their life as I did about mine. I think that’s a good thing for people to realize in their lives, how lucky they truly are. Because in truth, anyone’s drink could be laced with anything addictive and destroy them for the rest of their life, and even end it.
All in all, it’s a great book or diary I guess you could say. My teachers, friends, my mom and millions of other people have read it and for some reason they all liked it and enjoyed reading it. It’s definitely something that would work well for a book club, I can honestly say because it’s such a debatable story.
And wherever Alice is now... I hope she is safe and full of bliss.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Dark Guardian: Dark Of The Moon by Rachel Hawthorne (Book 3)

Genre: Romance, Fantasy
Rating: 5/5
Pages: 262



“In wolf form, Connor always took my breath. I wanted to dig my hands in his fur, hold him close, and confess everything. I wanted him to shift back into human form, put his arms around me, and assure me that everything would be all right. But I knew none of that would ever happen. If he knew the truth about me, that I hadn’t shifted yet, he’d be appalled.” –Brittany


Everything is pointing to one answer for Brittany. The one answer she’d rather have to go deaf than listen to it through her ears, rather go blind than see, and rather die than have to live with it. She hasn’t experienced any of the intense, early signs of change that mark a Dark Guardian’s transformation.
And that’s not all Brittany has to worry about. She’s thriving for her true love, for some young man to pluck her out of uncertainty and disorientation. But not just any young man, she wants Connor and Connor only. And she knows she’ll never truly have Connor’s love if she’s not a shifter like him.
When she doesn’t transform on the full moon after her seventeenth birthday Brittany is so desperate to become a wolf that she’ll go to the extremes...

Why Read It?

Well, first, if you’ve read the first two books and you’re enjoying the series fo course you’re going to want to read this book. Dark of the Moon will leave you breathless and hoping everything will turn out well for Brittany.

My Thoughts

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but I’ve rated these books all a five so far. It means I really like them, obviously! They are soooooo brilliant and every time she switches up the character perspective things just grow more intriguing by the page.
This book, as you know is in Brittany’s perspective. She has a much different personality than the other two girls and I can see why she has a hard time fitting in, besides the fact that she’s not really a shifter. Brittany has the determination that is at a level not many people reach. She’s outstanding! Literally! The other two books didn’t give her justice, however, Kayla and Lindsay had no idea about Brittany. Dark Of The Moon explains everything and it just makes you want more. Thank goodness, there is a fourth book which I have not read yet. I do own it, but I’m busy reading other things. I’ll read it as soon as possible, but right now I’m buried under a million other things to read.
Back to Dark of the Moon, I was able to relate to Brittany the most out of all three books. This is mostly because she’s the most lost, she doesn’t know who she is and I think everyone my age is trying to figure that out. Another is she’s lonely and she’s just waiting for that someone. And the worst part is where you really like someone and they don’t feel the same way, that’s a heart breaker and there’s no one in the world who hasn’t experienced that and Brittany is a perfect example of that... maybe just a bit extreme though.

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Dark Guardian: Full Moon by Rachel Hawthorne (Book 2)

Genre: Romance, Fantasy
Rating: 5/5
Pages: 272

"-things had suddenly became very confusing and complicated. My feelings, my emotions - they were all over the place. my heart was telling me one thing, my head another." -Lindsay


Lindsay has always known her heritage. And when it comes to choosing her mate to transform with for her first full moon, the choice was obvious—Connor. She’s known Connor her entire life, literally. However, things get complicated when Rafe, shows up. And suddenly Lindsay has developed an unrelenting attraction to Rafe and she begins to doubt her future with Connor. She realizes her relationship with Connor is nothing like the sparks between Kayla and Lucas. Lindsay has to decide quickly before her transformation who is a good friend and who is her true love.

Why Read It?

This suspenseful Dark Guardian novel will tear you to pieces, like a dog and his favourite chew toy. You’ll stay up all night reading this one...

My Thoughts

This is not a book I have read this year. I am simply putting it up here to go with the book Dark of the Moon which is the third book in the series.
Full Moon picks up where Moonlight left off; only this novel follows Lindsay’s perspective, who is Kayla’s best friend. I liked that about the series. It keeps it fresh and I wasn’t so sure where Kayla and Lucas would be left for a second book. I’m glad Rachel Hawthorne continued the story this way...
This is my favourite book out of the series so far. Full Moon had that atmosphere where it doesn’t matter what decision you make someone’s going to get hurt... So you might as well make one that suits you best. However, Lindsay doesn’t even know what is going to be best for her. Should she choose between the boy she’s only just met or the one she’s known her entire life? What a difficult complicated decision.
Rachel Hawthorne will have you guessing to the very end. She sure had me guessing all the way through, because honestly if I were her I didn’t even know who I would have chosen... if I were her of course. If it were me... Rafe, for sure.
You know how I mentioned I’m really good at losing stuff and being forgetful earlier in the post for Moonlight. Well, I lost this book. I can’t find it anywhere! I’ll let you know when I come across it, hopefully soon. Wish me luck!

Click Here To Read A Portion Of Full Moon

Dark Guardian: Moonlight by Rachel Hawthorne (Book 1)

Genre: Romance, Fantasy
Rating: 5/5
Pages: 263

“He wrapped his hands around my arms. I thought he would jerk me toward him now and plant that kiss I so desperately wanted. Instead he said solemnly, “Kayla, you’re one of us.” -Kayla


Kayla is just about to turn seventeen, and little does she know that that this birthday is the one that will be more life changing than turning sixteen or eighteen...
When she was only five nature-lover Kayla’s parents were accidentally killed by hunters who claimed they saw two wolves in the woods. Now she’s back in the forest because he shrink suggests that going back will help her deal with her burden. Kayla goes willingly because she loves the wilderness but learns she feels more at home here than anywhere else.
Lucas, the guy Kayla soon stumbles upon is dangerous, gorgeous and attracts Kayla like a magnet. However, that’s not all Kayla comes across with... a greater danger lurks and it’s just around the corner...

Why Read It?

This Dark Guardian Novel will make you melt. It’s the perfect and complete romance novel that will keep you as captive as Lucas’s eyes keep Kayla.

My Thoughts

This is not a book I have read this year. I am simply putting it up here to go with the book Dark of the Moon which is the third book in the series.
It’s good I have a strong memory, well most of the time I had a good strong memory. I tend to be prone to forget and lose things almost twenty-four/seven. But I wouldn’t be able to forget this book if I tried. Kayla and Lucas are characters in love that I was most jealous of.
When I picked this book off the shelf I knew I had to read it. I usually pick books with characters that I believe I will relate to. Kayla has a similar name to mine (Kaylee) and red hair pretty much the same shade. I could say our personalities are rather similar but not really maybe one or two things.
Mainly I just enjoyed sitting back and relaxing as I read this love story and yes... it does have to do with werewolves. I decided to leave that out of the summary I had written for you guys but I thought I’d say that here. So it’s a romance-werewolf book. Why not? It was astounding and it’s the first one in the series, in other words the story doesn’t end just yet!

Click Here To Read A Portion Of Moonlight

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Rating: 3/5
Pages: 375

"I was used to this weird experience, but usually they were over quickly. This twenty-four/seven hallucination was more than I could handle.” -Percy Jackosn


Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is troubled with his ADHD, dyslexia and high school, but that becomes the least of his problems when he learns that he is the son of Poseidon, Greek god of the sea, which means he is a demigod (half-human, half –god). And that’s not all! The Greek gods are on the verge of war because Zeus’s lightning bolt has been stolen and Poseidon is being blamed for theft.
Percy travels to Camp Half Blood, which is a training ground for demigods where he meets Annabeth, daughter of Athena and Grover who he already knows but learns that he is his protector and a satyr. Grover and Annabeth accompany Percy on his quest to set things straight with the gods, such as facing challenges, monsters and a visit to the underworld.

Why Read It?

The Lightning Thief is full of adventure and will leave you wishing there was more. Lucky for you this is just the beginning of the series!
If you love books that are full of thrills and adventure you’ll fall head over heels for this! With action happening constantly barely a page apart you won’t to stop reading.
This is definitely a treat for Harry Potter fans, young boys and even girls.

My Thoughts

Well, I know there’s a movie. Of course, they say; “The movies are never as god as the book.” However, I beg to differ in this situation. I can’t really say why other than the fact that he was older and I think that helped, and the story line was changed a bit and I preferred it over the one in the book. The book was great, though. I didn’t want to put it down when I was reading it and I have rated it a four. It didn’t reach a five, for me, because I don’t know if I would read it over and over.
I don't think this book’s genre can be also placed under humour, but it does have quite a bit in there. If you pick this book up and you aren’t so sure about it just take a peek at the chapter titles that should pull your interest. My favourite chapters and titles were: I Accidentally Vaporize My Pre –algebra Teacher, I Become Supreme Lord of the Bathroom and, We Take a Zebra to Vegas.I have always loved Greece ever since I learned about it in grade seven. I really enjoyed learning about all of their beliefs and Greek mythology and I just thought it was the most fascinating thing. The best thing about The Lighting Thief is it’s just packed with all these myths and monsters and Gods. The story just left me wishing I knew more about Greece. So I did some research on Greek mythology, especially Medusa, for some reason she just captivates my interest.
The characters in this book are very interesting. I really like Annabeth. She’s very headstrong and I admire that about her. Grove, the satyr, well he’s got a great sense of humour which makes him such a loveable character. And finally the main character, Percy, you know, the guy with dyslexia and ADHD, is just a classic character. He’s intelligent and mature for his age and I just wish I knew a kid like him.