Friday, July 31, 2009

Friday Finds July 31, 09

Hello! I feel like I haven't blogged in a while. A whole day! I feel pathetic. I must read more.

This meme is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. I've only had three finds this week, which is surprising. They are:

Once Dead, Twice Shy by Kim Harrison

Goodreads Description:

"My name is Madison Avery, and I'm here to tell you that there's more out there than you can see, hear, or touch. Because I'm there. Seeing it. Touching it. Living it.

Madison's prom was killer -- literally. For some reason she's been targeted by a dark reaper -- yeah,
that kind of reaper -- intent on getting rid of her, body and soul. But before the reaper could finish the job, Madison was able to snag his strange, glowing amulet and get away.
Now she's stuck on Earth -- dead but not gone. Somehow the amulet gives her the illusion of a body, allowing her to toe the line between life and death. She still doesn't know why the dark reaper is after her, but she's not about to just sit around and let fate take its course. With a little ingenuity, some light-bending, and the help of a light reaper (one of the good guys! Maybe . . . ), her cute crush, and oh yeah, her guardian angel, Madison's ready to take control of her own destiny once and for all, before it takes control of her. Well, if she believed in that stuff."

Sounds good, huh? My friend Kristen was telling me about the author. I looked it up on Goodreads and decided I should read it! I'll have to put this one on hold at the library...

Pieces of Me
by Charlotte Gingras

Goodreads Description:

"Mirabelle's art teacher tells her she has talent, but what good is it doing her? Almost fifteen and friendless, Mira is plagued by dark thoughts. Her body seems to be changing daily. Her mother is domineering and half-crazy and her father -- well, he's her ex-father, mostly out of Mira's life and awkward when he's around. Then she meets free-spirited, confident Catherine, a knockout who makes the boys' jaws drop. Not only is Catherine good at art like Mira, she also knows about kissing boys. Mira has never kissed anyone and doesn't understand the hungry way boys are beginning to look at her. Now that Mira's finally found someone she can talk to, her dark thoughts are vanishing. But as her friend encourages her to come out of her shell, Mira finds that her new-found confidence can still be shattered in an instant. Only after Mira faces a betrayal and a tragedy can she begin to put the fragmented pieces of herself together."

Sounds good right? It has gotten some big Canadian awards, so I'm looking forward to reading this. Also, it's THIN which is good when you're reading a book a day. Yes, size matters. With books.

The Waters and the Wild by Francesca Lisa Block

Goodreads Description:

"When Bee woke up, there was a girl standing in her room. "You are me," the girl said. Then she was gone. I am a thirteen-year-old double Gemini. I get bad grades, write poetry with my left hand, dance in my room, surf the net. I Google images of the tattoos my mom won't let me get. . . . But my world belongs to someone else. Someone who lives below the concrete of Los Angeles, someone with wild eyes and twigs in her hair. And I think she wants her life back."

This book intrigues me. The cover instills love within my heart and again, it's THIN. I'm looking forward to reading this.


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday! (On Wednesday This Time)

Hey World!

This awesome meme is hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Oh god, there are SO many good books that are going to come out! I'll give you two. One that is coming out in 2010 and one that is coming out just next month! They are:

Scarlett Fever by Maureen Johnson

Goodreads Description:

There is none! DAMNIT.

Okay, well...all I know about this one is that it's the sequel to Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson, which was amazing and my second favorite MJ book of all time. I'm sure its sequel will be AMAZTASTIC. The cover is awesome too, except for the girl herself. Too much of a model for me.

Release Date: Feburary 2010. (Yes you have to wait!)

Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink

Goodreads Description:

Sixteen-year-old Lia Milthorpe and her twin sister Alice have just become orphans, and, as Lia discovers, they have also become enemies. The twins are part of an ancient prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other. To escape from a dark fate and to remain in the arms of her beloved boyfriend James, Lia must end the prophecy before her sister does. Only then will she understand the mysterious circumstances of her parents' deaths, the true meaning of the strange mark branded on her wrist, and the lengths to which her sister will go to defeat her. Debut novelist Michelle Zink takes readers on an unforgettable journey where one sister's fateful decision could have an impact of Biblical proportions.

Does it sound awesome? And I love the cover! I'll have to get this from the library as soon as it comes in.

Release Date
: August 1st 2009

Well, I'm off to read!


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

June 30, 09 Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin

Hey Lovelies!

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac is about Naomi. Naomi has a pretty good life, a devoted boyfriend, an awesome best friend, Will, and an obsession with yearbook. When Naomi goes back for the camera in the yearbook office, when she goes down the stairs, she trips, and hurts her head, which lands her in a hospital and she can't remember anything from the past four years.

I really liked this book. I enjoyed Zevin's writing style. I can't say I really liked Naomi, though. I liked how the book takes you in one direction and gives you something completely different at the end, but I wanted more clues to the ending. I loved Will, but besides him, I didn't enjoy any of the other characters. I think what I least liked about this book was how it seems so misleading. The description tells you one thing, you think it's about coming of age and that sort of thing but the book is more a love story than anything else. I hate misleading descriptions and I keep on finding them.

I'm planning to read Zevin's Elsewhere somewhere in the near future. Her books seem to have very intriguing premises. Oh one thing:

My very awesome friend Korianne let me guest blog for her because she has her finals for summer classes! Hope you check it out!


TBR/Teaser Tuesday July 28, 09


Yes, I am NOT going to fall behind on my blog! I continue to do the memes! TBR Tuesday was created by my lovely friend Korianne. I have two books to read, since they've been renewed the limit at my library. I'm reading Betwixt right now, so I have to get on them! They are:

Skinned by Robin Wasserman

Goodreads Description:

Lia Kahn was perfect: rich, beautiful, popular -- until the accident that nearly killed her. Now she has been downloaded into a new body that only looks human. Lia will never feel pain again, she will never age, and she can't ever truly die. But she is also rejected by her friends, betrayed by her boyfriend, and alienated from her old life.

Forced to the fringes of society, Lia joins others like her. But they are looked at as freaks. They are hated...and feared. They are everything but human, and according to most people, this is the ultimate crime -- for which they must pay the ultimate price.

I've wanted to read Robin Wasserman since my YA for Obama days and she was a part of the site. She has another book called Hacking Havard that I also want to read. It looks really good!

And The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing by MT Anderson

Goodreads Description:

It sounds like a fairy tale. He is a boy dressed in silks and white wigs and given the finest of classical educations. Raised by a group of rational philosophers known only by numbers, the boy and his mother — a princess in exile from a faraway land — are the only persons in their household assigned names. As the boy's regal mother, Cassiopeia, entertains the house scholars with her beauty and wit, young Octavian begins to question the purpose behind his guardians' fanatical studies. Only after he dares to open a forbidden door does he learn the hideous nature of their experiments — and his own chilling role in them. Set against the disquiet of Revolutionary Boston, M. T. Anderson's extraordinary novel takes place at a time when American Patriots rioted and battled to win liberty while African slaves were entreated to risk their lives for a freedom they would never claim. The first of two parts, this deeply provocative novel reimagines the past as an eerie place that has startling resonance for readers today.

I've been interested in this ever since John Green started talking about it in his youtube videos. It sounds intriguing. I've tried this once and just wasn't in the mood, so I'm going for it again.

And now is the Teaser part of this post!

Teaser Tuesdays
is a book meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
How many times had Ralph Mason looked at her in just this way, trying to read what was behind her velvety eyes? He couldn't. Ondine was a normal young woman, a budding painter, a bratty sister (at times), a good daughter, a great friend to the people she chose to trust. And though he had been there at her birth - delivered her, in fact - there was something untouchable about the girl that even her own father could not get at. - Betwixt by Tara Bray Smith

Emma out!

Monday, July 27, 2009

June 29, 09 Bras and Broomsticks by Sarah Mlynowski


Bras and Broomsticks is about Rachel, a geeky girl who isn't very popular. One day, she finds out her younger sister Miri is a witch, Rachel starts to get Miri to help her with her social status and her father's witch of a fiancee.

I thought this book was cute. It was fun and I enjoyed it. The plot has been reused since the dawn of time, I believe, but I still liked it and I will definitely read the sequel.

Emma Out!

June 28, 09 Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas


Because I Am Furniture is about Anke, whose father abuses her brother and sister, but not herself. She's a non existent watcher of the horrors in her household. But then she joins the volleyball team, and learns how to say mine. She becomes strong enough to realize that she can end this life she only sees.

I loved this book. It's all in poems, and it made sense to me for someone who lives in a destructive environment to think and write like that. The writing was perfect, I didn't really know Anke, but I liked the part I did know. Basically, it was the structure and the writing that made me love this book.

Emma Out!

June 27, 09 Go Ask Alice edited by Beatrice Sparks


Go Ask Alice is about a girl who goes to a party, tries LSD and gets addicted to drugs.

I really did not like this book. The main character (who has no name) doesn't seem like a real teenage girl. She's constantly talking about how she's disgracing her family and says things twice. Really really, I am, I am. It annoyed me, she just didn't seem genuine. I did enjoy the scenes where she actually took the drugs and would explain how she felt on them, but everything else seemed fake. I didn't feel for her character at all. I especially hated when she went to a mental hospital and acted like she didn't fit and everyone was crazy. I'm sensitive about mental illness, so this increased my dislike. I just wanted to get the book over with.

Emma Out!

June 26, 09 Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling

Hello! I haven't done reviews for about three days! I sort of miss them.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is about Harry's sixth year. I mean, come on, I don't have to tell you the rest! Yanno, Dumbledore, Horcruxes, NEWTS, romance, all of that!

This is my favorite Harry Potter book. I mean you have all the strange memories, lotsa Voldy Voldemort and Dumbledore, suggestive things about Snape, heart breaking scenes, big surprises (although a friend spoiled me for the biggest), and expertly added dashes of romance. JK outdid herself. I did prefer Goblet of Fire's plot, but this one gets more points for writing and characters, which are the most important areas in a book for me.


Another Award Post!

Okay, so Kristen, (who is having a contest for Catching Fire, BTW, link in the sidebar! It's the first.) nominated me for another award! I don't think I deserve such kindness.

Let's Be Friends Award

"Blogs that receive the Let’s Be Friends Award are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers."

So here are my nominations!


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? July 27, 09

This awesome meme is hosted by the wonderful J Kaye.


Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling
Go Ask Alice by Anonymous edited by Beatrice Sparks
Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas
Bras and Broomsticks by Sarah Mlynowski

Currently Reading:

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac
by Gabrielle Zevin

To Read:

Girl At Sea by Maureen Johnson
The Blood Confession by Alisa M. Libby
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing Vol 1 by MT Anderson

Okay, two important pieces of news:

- I have TWENTY FOLLOWERS. (Meghan, my beloved FAYAF sister, you get cookies and hugs for being my twentieth follower) I am VERY EXCITED about this.

-Kristen nominated me for ANOTHER award. My heart might explode if it swells any bigger from the love. I am going to do the award entry RIGHT AFTER this.


Saturday, July 25, 2009

In My Mailbox!

Yes, another wonderful meme! This meme is hosted by The Story Siren.

This week from the library I got...

by Elizabeth Scott

Goodreads Description:

There's a difference between falling and letting go. Lauren has a good life: decent grades, great friends, and a boyfriend every girl lusts after. So why is she so unhappy? It takes the arrival of Evan Kirkland for Lauren to figure out the answer: She's been holding back. She's been denying herself a bunch of things (like sex) because staying with her loyal and gorgeous boyfriend, Dave, is the "right" thing to do. After all, who would give up the perfect boyfriend? But as Dave starts talking more and more about their life together, planning a future Lauren simply can't see herself in -- and as Lauren's craving for Evan, and moreover, who she is with Evan becomes all the more fierce -- Lauren realizes she needs to make a choice...before one is made for her.

I've wanted to read some Elizabeth Scott for a while, and I'm excited to finally start!

by Lauren McLaughLin

Goodreads Description:

AS FAR AS anyone at her high school knows, Jill McTeague is an average smart girl trying to get her dream date to ask her to the prom. What no one knows, except for Jill’s mom and dad, is that for the four days Jill is out of school each month, she is not Jill at all. She is Jack, a genuine boy—complete with all the parts. Jack lives his four days per month in the solitude of Jill’s room. But his personality has been building since the cycling began. He is less and less content with his confinement and his cycles are becoming more frequent. Now Jill’s question about the prom isn’t who she'll go with, but who she'll be when the big night arrives.

I've wanted to read this ever since Genevieve reviewed it on FiveAwesomeYAFans! I'm eager to read it!

Shape of the Water by Anne Spollen

Goodreads Description:

"I discovered windows one afternoon and after that, nothing was ever the same."

According to 15-year-old Magdalenas mother, the world is strange, beautiful, and watery—full of secrets and discoveries known only to mother and daughter. But when her mother dies suspiciously, it becomes an arid world of anxiety, sexual confusion, and desperate loneliness, where an imaginary family of bickering fish torment her. Magdas only outlet is the beautiful but destructive fires she starts in the marshes near her house. As her father and aunt try to pull her into a mundane world of school, schedules, and stepmothers, the voices of the fish in her head tempt her toward insanity. Magda must plot a course between her mothers fatal madness and her fathers soul-destroying normalcy.

I hadn't heard of this book until I picked it up from the library, and it looks promising! I'm excited to start and I love the cover!

Evermore by Alyson Noel

Goodreads Description:

Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s life story by touch. Going out of her way to shield herself from human contact to suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school— but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste. Ever sees Damen and feels an instant recognition. He is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy, and he holds many secrets. Damen is able to make things appear and disappear, he always seems to know what she’s thinking— and he’s the only one who can silence the noise and the random energy in her head. She doesn’t know who he really is— or what he is. Damen is equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies.

I found this just this week, as most of you saw in Friday Finds, and discovered it at the library and had to pick it up!

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Goodreads Description:

"What do you want from me?" he asks. What I want from every person in my life, I want to tell him. More.

Abandoned by her mother on Jellicoe Road when she was eleven, Taylor Markham, now seventeen, is finally being confronted with her past. But as the reluctant leader of her boarding school dorm, there isn't a lot of time for introspection. And while Hannah, the closest adult Taylor has to family, has disappeared, Jonah Griggs is back in town, moody stares and all.

In this absorbing story by Melina Marchetta, nothing is as it seems and every clue leads to more questions as Taylor tries to work out the connection between her mother dumping her, Hannah finding her then and her sudden departure now, a mysterious stranger who once whispered something in her ear, a boy in her dreams, five kids who lived on Jellicoe Road eighteen years ago, and the maddening and magnetic Jonah Griggs, who knows her better than she thinks he does. If Taylor can put together the pieces of her past, she might just be able to change her future.

I'm REALLY looking forward to this one. I've heard so many amazing things about it and it got the 2009 Printz award so I'm expecting great things!

I cannot wait to read all of these!


Friday, July 24, 2009

Friday Finds

Hello! New meme! Friday Finds is hosted by Should Be Reading.

This week I found...

Coffeehouse Angel

Goodreads Description:

From the author of Saving Juliet comes a romantic comedy that is good to the last drop. When Katrina spots a homeless guy sleeping in the alley behind her grandmother’s coffee shop, she decides to leave him a cup of coffee, a bag of chocolate-covered coffee beans, and some pastries to tide him over. Little does she know that this random act of kindness is about to turn her life upside down. Because this adorable vagrant, Malcolm, is really a guardian angel on a break between missions. And he won’t leave until he can reward Katrina’s selflessness by fulfilling her deepest desire. Now if only she could decide what that might be . . .


Goodreads Description:

Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s life story by touch. Going out of her way to shield herself from human contact to suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school— but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste. Ever sees Damen and feels an instant recognition. He is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy, and he holds many secrets. Damen is able to make things appear and disappear, he always seems to know what she’s thinking— and he’s the only one who can silence the noise and the random energy in her head. She doesn’t know who he really is— or what he is. Damen is equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies.

I must finish reading Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince!


Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Award Post!

Okay, so I know I talked about the awards before, the ones that the lovely Kristen nominated me for. But, being the idiot I am I forgot that for the Hearthfelt Award I'm supposed to nominate nine other blogs! *shakes head* I apologize for my idiocy.

The Hearthfelt Award:

Do you reach for a cup of cocoa or tea when your relaxing, seeking comfort, sharing a plate of cookies with family and freinds? You know the feeling you get when you drink a yummy cup of cocoa, tea, or a hot toddy? That is what the Hearthfelt Award is all about, feeling warm inside.


Put the logo on your blog/post.
Nominate up to to 9 blogs which make you feel comfy or warm inside. Be sure to link your nominees within your post. Let them know that they have been nominated by commenting on their blog. Remember to link to the person from whom you received your award.

My nominations are:

Thanks so much for being made of awesome!

Emma Out!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday! On...Tuesday?

Meme time!

Yeah, I know what you're thinking. "But it's Tuesday!" Well...there is a possibility that I might not be able to get online tomorrow, so just in case, I'm doing it today.

Waiting on Wednesdays is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Okay, this is obvious to anyone whose read The Hunger Games but...Catching Fire! I can't wait until it comes out! I am envious of...ahem...SOME PEOPLE like Korianne and Kristen, who are in possession of it.

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Date of Publication: September 1st 2009

Goodreads Description:

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.

And...naturally, Going Bovine! This is Libba Bray's new novel and I'm very excited. I know Libba can pull this off, despite the fact that it's completely different from The Gemma Doyle Trilogy. And the cover is AWESOME. I need to preorder it!!

Going Bovine by Libba Bray
Date of Publication: September 22nd 2009

Goodreads Description:

Can Cameron find what he’s looking for?

All 16-year-old Cameron wants is to get through high school—and life in general—with a minimum of effort. It’s not a lot to ask. But that’s before he’s given some bad news: he’s sick and he’s going to die. Which totally sucks. Hope arrives in the winged form of Dulcie, a loopy punk angel/possible hallucination with a bad sugar habit. She tells Cam there is a cure—if he’s willing to go in search of it. With the help of a death-obsessed, video-gaming dwarf and a yard gnome, Cam sets off on the mother of all road trips through a twisted America into the heart of what matters most.

Emma Out!

TBR/Teaser Tuesdays!

Hello Everyone!

Yes, it is indeed meme time. TBR Tuesdays was created by my amaztastic friend Korianne and Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB.

We shall start with TBR Tuesdays! Oh god, so many to-reads...right now, out of my library pile, I'm looking most forward to:

Girl At Sea by Maureen Johnson

Goodreads Description:

Sometimes you have to get lost.

The Girl: Clio, seventeen, wants to spend the summer smooching her art-store crush, not stuck on a boat in the Mediterranean. At least she'll get a killer tan.

The Mission: Survive her father's annoying antics. Oh, also find some underwater treasure that could be the missing link to a long-lost civilization.

The Crew: Dad's absentminded best friend Martin, his scary girlfriend Julia, her voluptuous daughter Elsa . . . and then there's Aidan, Julia's incredibly attractive, incredibly arrogant research assistant.

What's going on behind Aidan's intellectual, intensely green eyes, anyway?

As Clio sails into uncharted territory she unveils secrets that have the power to change history. But her most surprising discovery is that there's something deeper and more mysterious than the sea—her own heart.

This'll be my last MJ book until Scarlett Fever comes out in 2010. I've heard good things about this book, and I'm looking forward to reading some more MJ.

and The Blood Confession by Alisa M. Libby

Goodreads Description:
Erzebet is young, beautiful, rich, and imprisoned in her castle, waiting to be sentenced for murder. In a brilliant fiction debut, Alisa M. Libby resurrects the real-life Erzebet Bathory, a seventeenth-century countess who believed that bathing in human blood would preserve her looks forever. The jailed countess tells her story from her birth, which was overshadowed by a bad omen, to her mother's mental deterioration, Erzebet's own love for a mysterious figure, and the crimes she committed in pursuit of eternal life.

This gripping novel combines gothic horror and romance as it explores the connection between beauty and power.

I've wanted to read this novel since I first saw it in Chapters last year, and after reading The King's Rose, I'm even more eager to read it!

And now the Teaser portion of this meme...

TEASER TUESDAYS are a weekly bookish meme hosted by MIZB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Here is mine:

"At these words, a chill that had nothing to do with the surrounding mist stole over Harry. He was reminded of words he had heard a few weeks ago, words that had a horrible and particular meaning to him."

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling

Well, that is all I have for today!


June 25, 09 Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

Twenty Boy Summer is about Anna, a girl who is in love with her best friend, Frankie's brother, Matt. When Matt kisses her at her fifteenth birthday party, things change, and Matt promises to tell Frankie when they go on their typical annual summer vacation to Zanzibar Bay in California. But when he dies of heart issues, Anna feels she has no choice but to keep his secret. More then a year after the tragedy, Frankie invites Anna to come join her parents and her to Zanzibar Bay. Frankie tries to help Anna lose her virginity and proposes they try to meet twenty boys after the summer. But Anna's heart is still Matt's, and Frankie doesn't know.

This book was amazing. Wow. The writing was the best part of the book and was utterly magnificent. I understood what people go through when a loved one dies a bit better. Anna was a loveable character (although she's really a Sophie FYI) and I learned to love Frankie too. The cover is also gorgeous. The writing was just to die for. It's very rare that I find an author whose words are like dark chocolate. This is Ockler's debut novel and I'm looking forward to seeing more of her.

Emma Out!

June 24, 09 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

I'm not going to bother this time. Honestly. Sirius, Dementors, Cho Chang and Umbridge! You should know this! They made the movie!

I really liked this one, JK's writing was excellent as always. I'm also happy with how angsty Harry is being. Rarely in a novel does a character act out every time I want them to, and it was nice to get that in a book for once. This is not one of my favorites though. I sort of feel like JK added in the last part because she realized nothing was happening. The ending was heartbreaking and I loved the discussion between Dumbledore and Harry at the end. Still amazing, just not my favorite.

Emma Out!

June 23, 09 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling

Again. Honestly? Do I have to explain? It's Harry Potter for goodness sake! It's EVERYWHERE? You know, Triwizard Tournament? Yule Ball? Oh I'm not going to bother.

So far, this one has been my favorite. I loved the size (six hundred pages is PERFECT), and how the series is getting darker. I also liked how there was a clear plot from beginning to end. I want to know about Snape and Dumbledore! So far, Hermione is my favorite character. I am enjoying JK's writing more and her talent for suspense has me in its clutches every time I get to the climax of the book. I cannot count how many times I have yelled at the book. I'm really looking forward to getting answers about all my favorite characters and I can't wait to see the Half Blood Prince movie!

Emma Out!

June 21, 09 Luna by Julie Anne Peters

Luna is about Reagan's brother Liam. Liam doesn't like who he is, he wants to be something different, something he is inside. He wants to be Luna. Reagan is used to keeping her secret, but now Luna wants to come out in public. Things begin to unravel, and Reagan doesn't know what to do.

I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was a really good angle to not just write it in the perspective of a sibling, but of the sister. It then shows how Liam was jealous of his sister all through the years. It was well written, I liked both Liam and Reagan, and the family dynamics were intriguing and showed all the gender stereotypes. It also had a fantastic ending.

Emma Out!

June 20, 09 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling

Do I REALLY have to tell you what Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is about? SERIOUSLY? I don't believe it. Sirius Black, hippogriffs, Harry, dementors, you know.

I really really enjoyed this one. The books just keep getting better. I love that it's getting darker as Harry becomes a teenager. I'm interested in the connection between him and Voldemort, Snape and Dumbledore. I'm very eager to know all the mysteries. I enjoyed the ending and the time traveling aspect. I'm glad the books get thicker. I'm loving Harry and I completely understand the phenomenon.

Emma Out!

June 19, 09 Key to the Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson

Key to the Golden Firebird is about May, Brooks and Palmer Gold. Brooks and Palmer are the tall blonde softball stars while May is the smart one who doesn't fit. When their dad dies of a heart attack in his beloved Golden Firebird, life is never the same. Brooks acts out and drinks, Palmer retreats into herself, and it's left to May to pick up the pieces. When Pete, a neighbour and the son of her parent's friends starts to give May driving lessons, things start to change and the girls go through the process of learning how to live again.

This book, while classic MJ, witty and interesting, was my least favorite Maureen book. This most likely has to do with the fact that it was her first book and hadn't gained the skills she has now. I got bored with the book in the last hundred pages, and I felt no connection with the characters. I felt detached from the situation, and I hate when I feel that way when I read. Maureen's main character is always essentially the same person with a few tweaks, so it was interesting seeing things through the eyes of not only May, but her two sisters. I can't wait to read Girl At Sea, and get back to MJ's newer style.

Emma Out!

June 18, 09 Gingerbread by Rachel Cohn

Blogosphere, Welcome.

Gingerbread is about Cyd Charisse, caffeine addict, crazy, rebellious teen is having a great time in San Francisco in the summer with her surfer boyfriend, Shrimp, her old lady best friend, Sugar, and her stuffed doll Gingerbread that she got the first time she met her father. After her sneaking out, her parents decide that it's time for her to visit her father in New York. Cyd Charisse is thrilled and soon begins on her adventure to discover the family she never had.

I was slightly dissappointed with this book after reading Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, which was a collab between David Levithan and Rachel Cohn. I loved the writing of this book, but I felt Cohn was making Cyd overtly cool and individualistic. I really liked the quirky characters and how witty Cyd was. I felt the book was an intro though, considering it's only about a hundred and fifty pages. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel, Shrimp, and I hope it will live up to my expectations.

Emma Out!

June 17, 09 If I Stay by Gayle Forman


If I Stay is about a girl named Mia who has everything. A lovely boyfriend, a wonderful family, a devoted best friend, and a love of the cello. But then she gets in a car accident, and finds herself out of her body, while her body is in a coma. Soon she realizes that she alone can use if she stays or not.

This book was amazing. Forman weaves the flashbacks and hospital scenes effortlessly. I loved the characters, especially Mia's family and their former rocker lifestyle. The writing was amazing, and the book itself made me think, and wonder what I would do if I were in Mia's position. This book also has my favorite make out scene ever, so that alone gives it half a star.

Emma out!