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Beastly by Alex Flinn

Title: Beastly
Author: Alex Flinn
Pages: Hardcover 304 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Date Published: October 1st 2007
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
My Rating: 
 







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I am a beast. A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorillaor dog, but a horrible new creature who walks upright – a creature with fangsand claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.

You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place isNew York City. The time is now. It’s no deformity, no disease. And I’ll stay thisway forever – ruined – unless I can break the spell.

Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English classcast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls bynight? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guyyou wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and a perfect life. And then,I’ll tell you how I became perfectly beastly.
My Review
For starters I will admit this book was not for me. Ireally believed it was of my taste but once I read it I realized it wasn’t. Itis a temporary version of Beauty and the Beast and I was really excited to readit. The book is small but it took me a while to finish it, I’m guessing it wasbecause it wasn’t seizing my attention. It was a good story and I understandwhy a lot of people liked it. It had its romance and its moral but it justwasn’t for me. I’m not going to say it was a bad book because it wasn’t, I amsure many of you will like it. It had a good little twist at the end that was prettyclever. I know this review was way too short but I hope you enjoy this book alittle more than I did.
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Posted by on September 29, 2011 in 2.5 Stars, Review

 

Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright

Title: Red RidingHood
Author: SaraBlakley-Cartwright
Pages: Paperback329 pages
Publisher: Poppy
Date Published:January 25th 2011
Genre: YoungAdult, Fantansy
My Rating: 
 




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Theblacksmith would marry her.
Thewoodcutter would run away with her.
Thewerewolf would turn her into one of its own.
Valerie’ssister was beautiful, kind, and sweet. Now she is dead. Henry, the handsome sonof the blacksmith, tries to console Valerie, but her wild heart beats fast foranother: the outcast woodcutter, Peter, who offers Valerie another life farfrom home.
Afterher sister’s violent death, Valerie’s world begins to spiral out of control.For generations, the Wolf has been kept at bay with a monthly sacrifice. Butnow no one is safe. When an expert Wolf hunter arrives, the villagers learnthat the creature lives among them–it could be anyone in town.
Itsoon becomes clear that Valerie is the only one who can hear the voice of thecreature. The Wolf says she must surrender herself before the blood moonwanes…or everyone she loves will die.
My Review
Okay so this bookis based off the screenplay written by David Johnson. The real ending to thebook was left out so that people would go and watch the movie, which wassomething a lot of people didn’t think fair but I really didn’t have a problemwith it, the bonus chapter was up online (Legally) for people to go read and Ithink that was a great marketing strategy in their part because the movie wasthe first idea since the beginning so it seemed fair to me.

Obviously the whole thing is based on the fairytale we all know except with a dark twists which is what got this book so muchattention. Personally I believe this book was a little odd but I’m not sure ifit was a good odd or bad odd, mixed feelings here, I liked it for the most partbut it was missing something. I would have rated this book maybe half a starless if it didn’t have such a good twist at the end. It’s hard to find bookswith twists like this one and I love it when I finally find one. By the way,yes the good part is in the bonus chapter that is found online so I guess ifyou really wanted to know my opinion in just what you buy for, I would give thebook three and a half stars. Besides that, it was a very interesting idea theauthor had with this book because I really didn’t expect how they were going tore-do little red riding hood. There is romance in it and your typical love trianglethat most YA readers adore, not so much for me. There is suspense, mystery,great characters, not so bad concept of a story and of course that great twistat the end you just can’t expect. I say if you have seen the movie don’t botherwith the book because they followed it very well but If you have yet to see themovie go ahead and give the book a try either you will hate it or love it in myopinion.


For Bonus Chapter CLICK HERE (Please don’t read without reading the book first)

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2011 in 4 Stars, Review

 

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Mead

Title: Vampire Academy
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Date Published: August 16th 2007
Genre: Young Adult
My Rating: 
 
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St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .
Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.
My Review
Dhampir are half-vampires and guardians to the Moroi, or mortal vampires. Rose is a Dhampir or at least training to be and her best friend Lissa is a Moroi and a very important one at that. At the beginning Lissa and Rose are on the run but from who exactly? From what? They are running from the people that want to keep them safe from the Strigoi, the most evil undead.
The Strigoi feed on the blood of innocents. Are the Strigoi really the only ones coming after Lissa?
This book is full of mystery and the unraveling of the story is so intriguing. It is a dark, mysterious and at the same time has its typical high school drama type of stuff going on and I know what you might be thinking, deal breaker right there right? Well trust me I would have thought the same thing but to be honest, it is very different, very mature. Yes mature, I felt this book was a little more mature than most vampire books in the Young Adult genre, maybe it’s just me. The ending is unbelievable by the way as well, something to look forward to if you are planning to read it. There really isn’t anything negative to say about this book. Great beginning for a series.
I recommend this book for people who are into vampire books… okay I will say this now and please no one hit me, yes this book is way better than Twilight. The story is better and the characters are better. Yes even the guys in this story are better. Don’t believe me? Read it!
Again, forgive me for comparing.
 
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Posted by on August 15, 2011 in 5 Stars, Review

 

Regarding 2011 Challenges

When I first heard about this challenge I was really excited I must say, but I have to admit that I am no longer as interested in the Young Adult genre as I was when I first heard about the challenge. In that case I am no longer going to continue with the DAC challenge because I don’t want to force myself to read something that I am not currently interested in reading only because I don’t want to give whatever book I am reading a bad review based on the mood I was in while reading the book. I did get to read FOUR of the twelve books I promised to read and there WILL be reviews for those four. I did have most of those twelve books on my lists already bought and in my bookcase in which case I might read them sometime in the future and there will obviously be reviews. Just because I am pausing the YA reading it does not mean that I no longer like them in any way because I do, those books were the first type of books I read and I still want to continue reading them, in which case I should mention that I am really excited for a couple of YA books that are coming out soon so please know that there will still be YA reviews. I still have plenty of YA reviews that I have to do so this blog will still be mainly YA based for a while.

As for the Stephen King Challenge, I will continue that challenge along with the goodreads challenge.

 

Delirium (Delirium, #1) by Lauren Oliver

Title: Delirium (Delirium, #1)
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperTeen
Date Published: February 1st 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia
My Rating: 
 


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Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love — the deliria — blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.
But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.
My Review

NO LOVE. WOW. I seriously loved the idea of this book! Even though I felt there was something missing for me to rate this book a five star, just the theme is so incredibly fascinating that it makes up for most of it. Throughout the whole book I couldn’t stop thinking “What if love really is a disease!?” Oliver is such a talented author. I really liked the characters most of all Alex, have to love that guy! I did not like the main character, Lena at the beginning of the story, let’s just say she was really close minded, but no one can blame her, when you are raised thinking one way about life it isn’t easy changing your ways.
I will be honest though, I did expect this story to be very different.
If you already read this book you are going to hate me but I actually liked the ending! It was different!






Check out my review for Lauren Oliver’s  Before I Fall




 
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Posted by on June 30, 2011 in 4.5 Stars, Lauren Oliver, Review

 

I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies #1) by Pittacus Lore

Title: I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies #1)

Author: Pittacus Lore
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date Published: August 3rd 2010
Genre: YA, Sci-fi
My Rating: 
 

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In the beginning they were a group of nine. Nine aliens who left their home planet of Lorien when it fell under attack by the evil Mogadorian. Nine aliens who scattered on Earth. Nine aliens who look like ordinary teenagers living ordinary lives, but who have extraordinary, paranormal skills. Nine aliens who might be sitting next to you now.
The Nine had to separate and go into hiding. The Mogadorian caught Number One in Malaysia, Number Two in England, and Number Three in Kenya. All of them were killed. John Smith, of Paradise, Ohio, is Number Four. He knows that he is next.
I Am Number Four is the thrilling launch of a series about an exceptional group of teens as they struggle to outrun their past, discover their future—and live a normal life on Earth.
I AM NUMBER FOUR.
I AM NEXT.
My Review
A very Mysterious book that I enjoyed reading.
I read this book because the movie was going to come out. And to get this out of the way, yes the book was better but the movie was still pretty good!
This was a pretty easy book to get into. I am not going to say this was the best book ever because it wasn’t but it was good enough that I do recommend it and there are a lot of books out there that you will read and in the middle of the story get bored of it or what not but this story was not like that at all, it was well written and it catches your attention. It was suspenseful and full of surprises!
I do believe he should have been older, I don’t know why him being only 15 years old bothers me a little. That is really my only complain.
By the way I love number six! And if you didn’t already know, this is a series and book two is coming out in August, which I am really excited about!
 
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Posted by on June 29, 2011 in 4.5 Stars, Lorien Legacies, Review

 

Lauren Oliver’s New Book

Don’t know if you know this yet but Lauren Oliver has a middle-grade book coming out in October. Oliver is having a contest where you can win an Advance Readers Copies of  LIESL & PO! 
For more information click HERE ! So go sign up!

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2011 in Uncategorized