Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
I was tagged by The Book Brat
so I realize everyone has already done this one, but I'm going to do it anyhow!
1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence
.4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people and post a comment to the person who tagged you once you've posted your three sentences.
Ok the nearest book was Zig Zag by Ellen Wittlinger (since I just reviewed it.)
Anyways, here are the lines from Zig Zag page 123:
"He and Glen thought you were sixteen."
"They did? Did you tell them I wasn't?"
I think I actually started at the fourth sentence but whatever.
Everyone seems to have been tagged by this so if you read this and weren't tagged, I've just tagged you. Mazel Tov! (congratulations!)
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Posted by Tali at 9:23 PM
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genre: pre-teen, ya fiction
(this is the book I won over at WORDforTeens and it was signed too!--Thanks again!)
Avalon and Halley have been friends FOREVER. So now they are throwing a big friends forever bash. After all, they live next door to eachother and their families are friends too. BFFAE and thats never going to change, right?
So what happens when the summer apart leads them to make new seperate friends? They both give each other's new friends a big NO. So they decide to get rid of their friendship and hang with new people. Avalon and Halley battle eachother out over their school fashion column. But they still want that party!
Things get ugly--how could they not when your best friend knows all your secrets and will use them against you?
FRENEMIES it is.
Frenemies was hilarious. Alexa Young hooks you from the beginning with her characters. With fashion to creating new friends this book has all the potential to be the new Clique- type series.
And readers will love the cliffhanger at the end. I would suggest this book for the middle school age. Cute read! You can check out Alexa's blog here
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
Well, I have been pretty busy, but I got tagged for this 3 times, so I figured I better do this
These people tagged me: The Ravenous Reader, The Book Brat, and Em's Bookshelf
1/ you link back to the person who tagged you.
2/ post these rules on your blog.
3/ share six unimportant things about yourself.
4/ tag six random people at the end of your entry
5/ let the tagged people know by leaving a comment on their blogs
ok 6 random things... this should be easy people always call me random...hmmm
1. My hair is always up. clips, hairties whatever, I can't leave it down or it distracts me.
2. I know 2 languages, English and Hebrew--I'm currently reading Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging in Hebrew.
3. I love the color orange, its so cool.
4. I used to try and read while walking to school, but I realized it was dangerous and my friends would get mad at me for ignoring them (Oops!)
5. I laugh really easily, for absolutely no reason
6. I'll tell you a secret though, my mom thinks I'm special (guess the movie!)
um pretty sure everyones been tagged for this one already, and I'm a bit late, so if you want to do this again go for it! let me know if you do!
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Friday, March 7, 2008
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Well to be perfectly honest, this book has been on my to be read pile for quite a while, I picked it up a few times and started it but became sidetracked. I only just got around to finishing it now, but I'm glad I did!
In Tally's world, the only things that matter are being Ugly or Pretty. When you turn sixteen, you are changed from an Ugly to a Pretty, and its all that Tally's been waiting for. After her best friend is turned pretty, Tally must wait three long months to join him in his new city. It is at this time, when she makes friends with Shay. Tally can't wait for them to become pretty, and go to parties with all the other pretties. But, Shay doesn't want to be pretty, and when she runs away Tally is told by the Special Circumstances that unless she finds Shay she won't become pretty either.
These are tough choices for a girl of sixteen because whatever she decides will change her life. Along the way, she learns secrets about the past, and lessons about herself.
After the first few pages of Uglies, I was hooked. Although the book at first glance, seems shallow, with all the talk about uglies and pretties and its odd title, I found as I read along I was mistaken. Tally is definetly an interesting character, as I found myself laughing at some of her thoughts, while others were a bit annoying. Yet, the world she lives in is fascinating. Scott Westerfeld vividly creates a world governed by futuristic technologies and a whole new lifestyle, from hoverboards to full body plastic surgery. This was a very cute read, and I hope to lay my hands on the next book in the trilogy, Pretties, pretty soon!
Monday, March 3, 2008
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Werewolves...
Vivian is not what you would call an ordinary girl. Or, for that matter, an ordinary human. For generations, Vivian's family has been a family of werewolves. Together, with their pack, they migrate from rural area to rural area to live as they wish. However, after a series of events which leave the pack without a leader and Vivian without a father. It is for this reason that they move to the suburbs.
Tired of hanging with the Five, Vivian begins to feel lonely and craves companionship of others. Then, she meets Aiden and falls in love with him. Aiden likes magic and werewolves and Vivian finds herself wanting to tell him about her. But, there is trouble in the pack as well and Vivian has a part in it. Confused by emotions and what she thinks is right, Vivian must decide her fate.
Blood and Chocolate was an interesting and fast-paced story. Annette Curtis Klause intricately spins a web of feelings of a young woman/werewolve. Although I found some of the other characters bland, the main characters were developed well. While I don't mind a cute romance story, I am not really big on werewolves, so I guess I'm a bit bias when I say this wasn't my favorite book --as there was quite a bit of werewolve action going on. But overall, Blood and Chocolate is a real engrossing story which I would recommend for those who love a good werewolve romance.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Wow, so although I started this blog last year, I never really got the feel of the book review blog-o-sphere (or whatever its called...) but now after checking it out I've found some really great sites! Some sites even offer competitions, which are pretty cool.
Some great sites with competitions that I have noted:
The Page Flipper-this is a great site with cool reviews, and she is hosting monthly competitions for free book giveaways! This month she is giving away a 5 book prize pack. Check it out!
TeensReadToo - Loads of awesome books given away from here as well!!
I might be missing some but for now check out these...I'll post some others asap
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Rating: 2 stars -- unless you are 8-12 years and then I'd give it 4 stars
Genre: Fiction, YA Fiction
Most people with happy lives don't want to uproot themselves and move to another place. Well this is no exception for Prudence Stewart. Head cheerleader to-be, with a cute crush, good grades and a great BFF, this is one girl who does not want to leave her life. Except, Pru is a witch, and so is her mom and brother and the time has come for her to get witch training. So where to go but across the country to Salem, Massachusetts?
Not only does Prudence leave her life behind, she has to create a new one, with other witches. Plus to top it all off she just HAS to make the cheerleading squad!
Megan McClymer's: The Salem Witch Tryouts is a cute and funny story about a girl trying to fit in, after a big move. Although I found it relatively predictable, and not so original, I would recommend it for a girl ages 8-12. If you aren't, there are plenty of other better books out there in the world.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Biography, Memoir
Jeanette Walls didn't have to be very old to realize that her family was odd. One of her earliest memories is of cooking hot dogs when she was three and setting herself on fire. After a skin graft and while she recovers in the hospital, she explains how much she likes the 'quiet and order' there and how different it is from her home. This is just one memory, in a series of many compelling memories that tells the story of her life.
Born into a family with a father who was a drunk, and a mother who wished she could be free of responsibility, Jeanette learned to be self reliant from a very early age. Due to the fact that her father was an inventor, a man who disliked normal society, and could not keep a job for long, and her mother would only do what she wanted, Jeanette and her siblings often had to find ways to keep themselves from starving. Although when there was money there were good times, the money didn't often last long, and so their family would often struggle to pay for things like the electricity bill. Moving from place to place throughout her childhood, this memoir tells of the hardships her family suffered, and how she worked her way up to where she is today.
To say the least, Jeanette Walls' The Last Castle is extremely powerful. While I was hesitant to read it, as I am not a real fan of biographies or memoirs, I'm glad I did. The Glass Castle belongs in a group of its own.
Well I wanted to make this cool rating system, but then I realized that unfortunatly, I am not particualarly good with computer imaging. Therefore I am stuck with the classic star system.
The BookBopper Rating System
1 star- not recommended at all
2 star- not so great
3 star- okay
4 star- good
5 star- great, highly recommended
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Well, its been a while since I last posted, and I have recently decided I am going to restart this blog again. That means a new rating system and of course, more books!
Books I should be finished with soon
The Glass Castle - Jeannette Walls
The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
Looking forward to starting a new!