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Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Posted July 5, 2007 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 8 Comments

All summer, Jess pushed himself to be the fastest boy in the fifth grade, and when the year’s first school-yard race was run, he was going to win.But his victory was stolen by a newcomer, by a girl, one who didn’t even know enough to stay on the girls’ side of the playground. Then, unexpectedly, Jess finds himself sticking up for Leslie, for the girl who breaks rules and wins races. The friendship between the two grows as Jess guides the city girl through the pitfalls of life in their small, rural town, and Leslie draws him into the world of imaginations world of magic and ceremony called Terabithia. Here, Leslie and Jess rule supreme among the oaks and evergreens, safe from the bullies and ridicule of the mundane world. Safe until an unforeseen tragedy forces Jess to reign in Terabithia alone, and both worlds are forever changed.

In this poignant, beautifully rendered novel, Katherine Paterson weaves a powerful story of friendship and courage.

What I Liked: Everything. This book was read to my fifth grade class. Everyday, the teacher would read a chapter out loud to us. Only if we behaved. I remember a few times we didn’t behave and the teacher didn’t read. I was so bummed. I wanted to know what happened! Some of my favorite parts was when Leslie and Jess got revenge on Janice when she stole Maybelle’s Twinkies. Or when Jess sprayed milk at Leslie. This is the first book I remember I had to have. My sister gave it to me for my birthday. My copy is now all torn, battered and dog eared.

What I Disliked: The end. I think all the girls in my class were sniffling. But I can’t imagine the book having a different ending. Also, Brenda and Ellie bugged me. They were the two annoying older sisters. They enjoyed torturing Jess and his “girl friend” Leslie. They were just superficial brats.

Did the movie measure up: When I saw commercials for the movie, I was all, “They better not RUIN this!!!” Hollywood has a habit of doing that and the commercials were misleading. I thought they were making another Narnia. However, the movie was good. It stuck to the book. A few changes were made here and there. Nothing major though. I still got all teary eyed at the end of the movie.

Would I recommend the book: Yes I would. I love this book. It’s one of my favorite childhood books. It’s also a very fast read. I finished it in under an hour. The story just gets a hold of you.

Grade: 5/5

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Review: Muse by Adra Steia

Posted June 28, 2007 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 7 Comments

muse
Isabel’s review of Muse by Adra Steia.

Leah and Miguel have been separated for ten years, after the birth and adoption of their child when they were just teenagers. Reunited, they discover their psychic bond is as strong as ever. Miguel is now a troubled artist, and Leah is struggling to make a life for herself. As they decide to resume their turbulent, passionate romance, Miguel summons his Muse, a seductive, violent spirit that haunts their home. After several violent, bloody attacks, Leah learns very quickly that his Muse is not all he claims she is, and that the vindictive spirit will stop at nothing to possess Miguel. To save him, Leah must sacrifice everything.

Holly and Casee did a review of this book earlier. You can read their review here. Since they went over the plot summery, I’ll go straight into what I liked/disliked.

What I Liked:

Holy crap, I was wiped out when I was done reading this. I was hooked after reading the first chapter. I wanted to throttle Leah’s jerk employer. I wanted to kick Jose in his butt a few times and there were times I wanted to throttle La Mariposa and Miguel. I was getting jealous with Ophelia telling Leah how it took a lot to get Miguel going in the bedroom. That’s how drawn in I was. I felt something towards almost every character.

The twist with La Mariposa. Damn. Did not see that coming. Like Leah, I didn’t want to believe it. I did not see that coming at all.

All in all, it was a good story. I made sure to read it during the day so I’d have time to read/watch something happy. This book did give me creepy crawlies. I did read a chapter once while eating my breakfast before work. I swore I heard weird noises.

What I Disliked:

I don’t hold this against the book at all by the way but that fact it was a freaking e book. I started off printing the chapters so I could read in bed. But that was wasting paper so I ended up just reading it at the computer. Didn’t care for that.

I didn’t dislike Jose or Miguel, they just irked me sometimes.

Jose. He was such a jerk wad to Leah at first. He was mean to her because 1) He felt it was Leah’s fault Miguel became depressed. You see, after their baby was born, Miguel left Leah. Miguel failed to tell Jose this. So when Leah came back into their lives, Jose feared for his brother’s health. Which I get he was just being protective. 2) Jose never really understood/believed Miguel and Leah’s psychic abilities. What he didn’t understand freaked him out. 3) Jose felt Leah was a little know it all. Because she was always the one with the high grades and all that. So he felt Leah was one upping him on purpose. 4) He had a crush on her. You know how in elementary school boys tease the girls they like. Towards the end, Jose redeemed himself. After he realized the truth and saw Leah for the loving caring person she is.

Miguel. Oh Miguel. Poor boy was falling for a ghost. A very vengeful and possessive ghost. He had a great woman in Leah and yet he was drawn to La Mariposa. His muse. He saw how La Mariposa hurt Leah, yet he was convinced Lead did it to herself on accident. Yet, I still hoped that Miguel and Leah would have their HEA despite me getting irked at him.

Additional Comments:

Like Holly, I’m torn with the end. I can’t say much cause I don’t want to ruin it. I am still deciding if I’m ok with it or maybe… I don’t know.

This story was good though. I really enjoyed it. Go read it.

Grade: 4.5 out of 5

This book was available from Tease.

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Posted June 28, 2007 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

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Weekly Reread: See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson.

Posted June 26, 2007 by Rowena in Reviews | 8 Comments

Weekly Reread: See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson.Reviewer: Rowena
See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson
Series: Chinooks Hockey Team #2
Published by Avon
Publication Date: January 28th 2003
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 384
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five-stars

THIS IS JANE

A little subdued. A little stubborn. A little tired of going out on blind dates with men who drive vans with sofas in the back, Jane Alcott is living the Single Girl existence in the big city. She is also leading a double life. By day, she's a reporter covering the raucous Seattle Chinooks hockey team—especially their notorious goalie Luc Martineau. By night, she's a writer, secretly creating the scandalous adventures of "Honey Pie"...the magazine series that has all the men talking.

SEE JANE SPAR

Luc has made his feelings about parasite reporters—and Jane—perfectly clear. But if he thinks he's going to make her life a misery, he'd better think again.

SEE JANE ATTRACT

For as long as he can remember, Luc has been single minded about his career. The last thing he needs is a smart mouthed, pain in the backside, reporter digging into his past and getting in his way. But once the little reporter shed her black and gray clothes in favor of a sexy red dress, Luc sees that there is more to Jane than originally meets the eye.

Maybe it's time to take a risk. Maybe it's time to live out fantasies. Maybe it's time to....

SEE JANE SCORE!

It’s been a cool minute since I’ve read this book and I can tell you right now that this time around, I loved me some Luc Martineau just as much as I did the first time I picked it up. This is one of those feel good, underdog romances that you can’t help but love.

You see, we’ve got Jane, a columnist for the Seattle Times who is given the job of reporting on the progress of Luc Martineau’s hockey team. She’ll be staying pretty close to the team and Luc is not so happy about that. You see, he’s got this attraction to her that he can’t stop, he doesn’t even understand it because Jane is such a plain Jane, not anything near the kind of woman he’d usually go for but there you go, Luc’s got the hots for the reporter following the team around the states from game to game, reporting on every little thing.

She’s damnned irritating too but there’s something about her that gets him…where it counts, right below his belt.

LOL.

This book is about a hockey player and an aspiring reporter who fight their attraction until it threatens to burst them all into flames and man does Rachel Gibson do a really good job of making these characters real and so much fun to get to know. One of my favorite parts of this book is when Jane shows up to the team banquet in that killer red dress and Luc is thunderstruck. I loved it!

Luc Martineau is the $33 million dollar goalie who is the biggest superstitious guy in the world. He’s a hot jock and I loved him to pieces. He was smexy, smart and a complete stud! I hecka enjoyed getting to know him and his sister. The whole relationship between them was so much fun to rad. With all of the career pressure he was going through and all of the family stuff he needed to take care of, he didn’t have time for an attraction he didn’t want. But I love that he couldn’t resist Jane and I loved just about every damn thing about him, even when he was being stupid.

Jane Alcott on the other hand was a fantastic heroine. She was short, smart and sharp. She had me crackin’ up when she was given the job to write for the Chinooks. She had to buy a frickin’ Hockey for Dummies book and then she had the humongous task of winning over the whole frickin’ team who didn’t want her anywhere near them. All of the crap they put Jane had me cringing and feeling so bad for Jane but she took it like a champ and alls well that ends well. She did a fantastic job in this book and even though I was kinda miffed that she was using her relationship with Luc as a backdrop on her column that she did for that men’s magazine, you know the Honey Pie one and even though I thought Luc was too easy on her because of that, I thought, holy wow….the short, plain jane broke the hot shot jock’s heart?

I love it.

That’s mean but it’s how I felt, I thought this book was fantastic…the characters were real, funny and quirky. The storyline was smooth reading and I was just as absorbed in this story as I was the first time I read it and I seriously think that Rachel Gibson rocks my socks!

Get this book and read it if you haven’t, it’s great!

Grade: 5 out of 5

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Review: Rises the Night by Colleen Gleason

Posted June 26, 2007 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 3 Comments

Rises the Night
Isabel’s review of Rises the Night (Gardella Vampire Hunters: Victoria) by Colleen Gleason.

In Italy, a powerful vampire is amassing the power to control the souls of the dead. Lady Victoria Gardella de Lacy-a vampire slayer for just over a year-races across Europe to stop what could be the most deadly army the Gardellas have ever faced. She is accompanied by Sebastian Vioget, a man as tempting as he is untrustworthy.

But when Victoria discovers that she has been betrayed by one of her most trusted allies, the truth will challenge all her powers as a Venator-and as a woman.

Really quick, I’m at work and left my book at home. So there are misspellings regarding names in the book. Sorry!

The Plot:

Nedas, vampire son of Lillith, has obtained Akvan’s Obliesk. Once activated, Nedas can control the soul’s of the dead and be one very powerful vampire. Also, after having been missing for a year, Max turns up in in Rome as a member of the Tutela. The Tutela are humans who are basically vampire slaves. They protect the vampires and let them feel off their blood. Victoria is confused as to why Max has turned his back on her aunt and their mission. Also, we have serious sexual tension between Sebastian and Victoria.

What I Liked:

I liked the tension between Sebastian and Victoria. I could really feel it. The moment they are at the opera and Sebastian says, “She’s mine.” Oh baby. Or when she asks why he’s been gone for so long he says, “I was giving you time to grieve.” Wow. We learn a little more about Sebastian, not a whole lot though. I’m still left wondering what’s in it for him and whose side is he really on.

There was a couple of things that bugged me but as a whole, I enjoyed the story. Also, I love how she titles the chapters.

What I Didn’t Like:

Ok I’ll try and not give stuff away. Max. I understand he needed do things so Victoria could be safe. I still don’t like what he did and how kept her in the dark. Aunt Eustacia also. I mean… they could have discussed other options. Maybe it would’ve been the same result but at least Victoria would have been in the know. I don’t like that she was kept in the dark about what went down and how it went down. It’s one thing for Sebastian to trick and betray her. Cause he’s still kind of shady. But Max and Aunt Eustacia are her mentors. That’s how I feel anyways. But that was the one thing that bothered me.

Would I recommend It: Yes I would. I like the series so far. Very enjoyable.

Grade: 4 out of 5

This book is available from Signet. You can purchase it here.

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