Genre: Young Adult

Review: All American Girl by Meg Cabot.

Posted September 13, 2007 by Rowena in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: All American Girl by Meg Cabot.Reviewer: Rowena
All-American Girl by Meg Cabot
Series: All-American Girl #1
Also in this series: Ready or Not
Published by Harper Teen
Publication Date: July 22nd 2003
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 398
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Samantha Madison is an average, cool Washington, D.C., teen: She loves Gwen Stefani (who doesn't?), can draw like nobody's business, and enjoys being opposite to her sister's annoying ultra-social personality. But when she ditches art class one day, she doesn't expect to be jumping on the back of a wannabe presidential assassin.
Soon the young hero is receiving worldwide acclaim for her bravery, having dinner with her family at the White House, and is even being named teen ambassador to the UN. As if this weren't enough, she and David, the president's son, strike up a friendship that everyone wants the dirt on, which starts to give her romantic "frisson" feelings.
Unfortunately, Sam thinks her sister's boyfriend, Jack, is the true love of her life, and she makes a few wrong turns that could screw up what she's developing with David. Will she ever stop following what she knows and start following what she sees?

Have I told you guys how much I heart Meg Cabot? Because I totally do. She never fails to amuse me and wrap me up in the little worlds she creates for each of her stories. I was just as absorbed in Sam’s world of black clothes and nerdy geeky art boys who are so cute as I was when I was reading about Jen Greenley and hottie newspaper editor Scott from Teen Idol and Mel and John from The Boy Next Door. Meg Cabot has this amazing ability to write stories that sucks me right in and leaves me wanting, MORE AND MORE AND MORE!

I’m a total Meg Cabot fan girl.

Seriously.

I kid you not.

Okay, I’ll quit it with the creepy Dylan and Skeeter 2-4 word sentences that drives everyone batty…and if you’ve read the Crazy series by Tara Janzen then you totally know what I’m talking about with that Dylan/Skeeter bit. =)

Anyhoo, so this book is about Samantha Madison who is living in D.C. and basically just hating her life. She hates that she’s the middle child and she the “forgotten” one next to her older and more pretty sister, Lucy and then her younger and brainier sister, Rebecca. Sam’s a social outcast because she gets tortured at school by her ex best friend, Kris Parks who is the bane of her high school years. And to make matters worst, she’s in love with her sister’s artsy “radical” rebel boyfriend. Jack doesn’t seem to love her or even see her the same way she does him and she’s waiting for that perfect moment, when he will realize it’s her that he’s in love with and has all the same things in common with her and not her sister, Lucy.

Lucy let’s it slip that Jen does these fantastic celebrity drawings for the kids at school, you know, she draws pictures of celebrities with whatever student at school and totally charges the kids at school that she doesn’t particularly care for, you know, like Kris Parks, to their parents and Sam’s parents then catch on to why Sam is getting a C- in German, because that’s where she draws all of her pictures for the students.

Sam is just trying to get her little hussle on, come on now… =)

Well, her punishment for drawing during class and getting such a low grade in the class is to channel all of that artistic energy into an after school class that Sam is totally against, getting art lessons from Susan Boone.

Enter David, the cutie guy that likes to wear band shirts.

Cool band shirts.

One of the main things that Susan tries to get Sam to learn is to draw what she sees and not what she knows. And that’s basically what this book was about, getting Sam to see things, really see things.

It takes a few tries, but by the end of the book, she gets it.

Meg Cabot had a sister like me, trying to see things for my damn self. I kid you not, I was sitting there while I was reading this book, trying to really “see” things about me and Nathan’s relationship. I was up in my room, with All American Girl sitting on my chest, while I stared up at the ceiling and tried to “see” where I stood and how things were with me and Nathan. Meg Cabot did that to me and I swear, I felt like the biggest idiot in the world, but it didn’t stop me from loving the hell out of this book.

It was filled with lots of laugh out loud moments, lots of AWWWW how cute moments and a lot of high school jibberish that made me laugh, remembering the parties that I went to when I was in high school. I was cheering Sam and David on throughout the entire book and I was such a huge David fan that the more he came into the story, the more I loved him.

I lub him, a lot. He was a great hero, I’m so effing glad that I read this book because I can totally feel it, guys…my reading mojo is totally back because I have already started the second book to this series, Ready or Not and I have Meg frickin’ Cabot to thank for getting me out of my horrible reading slump that I’ve been in the entire summer.

Wena’s Turn: Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

Posted August 27, 2007 by Rowena in Reviews | 8 Comments

Wena’s Turn: Eclipse by Stephenie MeyerReviewer: Rowena
Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
Series: Twilight #3
Also in this series: Eclipse, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn, Breaking Dawn, Twilight, Twilight, Twilight

Publication Date: August 7th 2007
Genres: Young Adult, Horror & Ghost Stories, Love & Romance
Pages: 640
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three-stars

Readers captivated by Twilight and New Moon will eagerly devour Eclipse, the much anticipated third book in Stephenie Meyer's riveting vampire love saga.

As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob --- knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf.

With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?

Alright, so I’m finally getting around to reviewing this book. I’ve got some bones to pick with this book, some scenes to gush over and some tomatoes (or something harder and stronger) to throw at Bella…just because I want to.

So we’ve got Bella graduating from high school and we’ve got the Cullens trying to keep Bella safe from damn near every vampire in the world. Bella is worried about her father, her mother, the vampires that are after her and her best friendship with Jacob who hates her boyfriend and love of her life, Edward. She’s got a pretty full plate right now and on top of everything else, she’s getting cold feet about becoming a vampire to be with her lover boy, Edward forEVER and not just until death do they part….or does she part from him since he won’t ever die.

I understand that she misses her BFF, Jacob and wishes that there was some way that she could get him to get along with her LFF (love for forever), Edward. I understand that she knows that she’ll be safe with Jacob, no matter what Edward thinks but goodness, you stupid dumb broad, Edward loves and wants to protect you, with everyone that is trying to kill your stupid little naive behind, do you think you can be a little more understanding to Edward, you know, the guy you supposedly love so much you’d do just about anything for him…well, anything but marry the damn fool.

And while I’m talking about that mess, your reasons Bella Swan for not marrying Edward are…

LAME-O!

Because you’re 18? And you’re worried about what others are going to say about you? RETARDED. STUPID. JUVENILE.

You are…RETARDED. STUPID. JUVENILE.

And you need a….SLAP. TO. YOUR. FACE.

Sheesh, she got on my hot damn nerves throughout this book and there were times aplenty when I wanted to chuck this book across the room and watch it hit the wall, but then Chapter 15 came along and it got better…only the better didn’t last very long because Bella was back to getting on my hot damn nerves and making me want to throw her body in a cyclone and be done with it. (Sorry I’m listening to Cyclone by Baby Bash and I felt like saying that)

What was up with Edward too? I mean, I didn’t find myself saying and chanting OMGOSH I LOVE ME SOME EDWARD, like I did in the other books, I wanted to hit Edward upside his cold and dead head quite a bit, WHY does he love Bella so much? I mean, yeah you can’t help who you love but holy hot damn you old coot, GET A CLUE! I understand that you’re older than Moses (okay not really, but close) and you have all the patience in the world but dude, BUY A CLUE (you’ve got enough money, so you can afford that junk) and move the hell on and find another soulmate because Bella was totally undeserving of you in this whole hot damn frickin’ book!

The thing that seriously pissed me off was the whole…she’s in love with Jacob….TOO! What the EFF is that? So, because she’s in love with Jacob (which is a load of crap if you ask me) that makes it okay for her to kiss and be all lovey dovey with him while Edward, waits in the wings for her? And Edward, you dumb colder than a box of ice in Alaska in the wintertime fool, how could you be okay with Bella kissing another man, another man you KNOW is in love with her and wants to steal her away from you?

WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?

All of the crap that you let Bella get away with got on my hot damn nerves and Jacob’s little whiny baby, but I love you crap and I’m going to kill myself if you don’t kiss me bull crap made me want to punch him in his stupid face and run like crazy in the other directions to get away from all the dogs and then I wanted to slap the crap out of Bella and run like mad in the other directions before the dogs ripped me to shreds and the bloodsuckers, zucked my blood!

Ugh.

Was I happy in this book? Hmmm, maybe. I don’t know, if I was, I don’t remember it right now. I just remember that I threw the book at the wall (literally) after I was finished and made my friends laugh because three of my friends are reading this series right now and found my reaction to Eclipse funny and disturbing since they were all anxiously awaiting to read it…I think I might have killed their buzz over it, but I don’t give a rats ass…this book annoyed me more than it excited me, which is why it took me so hot damn long to finish this dang book but I did find myself rather intrigued by Jasper….I’m sort of crushing on him, he’s a hot vampire!

And there’s another book after this one? Will I read it?

I don’t have one effing clue.

3/5

three-stars

Review: Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer

Posted August 17, 2007 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 15 Comments

Review: Eclipse by Stephanie MeyerReviewer: Isabel
Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
Series: Twilight #3
Also in this series: Eclipse, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn, Breaking Dawn, Twilight, Twilight, Twilight

Publication Date: August 7th 2007
Genres: Young Adult, Horror & Ghost Stories, Love & Romance
Pages: 640
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one-half-stars

Readers captivated by Twilight and New Moon will eagerly devour Eclipse, the much anticipated third book in Stephenie Meyer's riveting vampire love saga.

As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob --- knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?

Oh my god. This book pissed me the hell off. I even called Holly asking “WTF!”
If you want a real review, please see Holly and Mailyn. I’m going straight into my rant.

They are all stupid.

Bella- STUPID. Edward told her not to visit Jacob. He’s a young werewolf and dangerous. Since they are on the reservation, Edward can’t protect her if something happens or the treaty breaks. What does Bella do? She goes and visits Jacob.

She wants to spend eternity with Edward. Wants to be vampire really bad but does not want to get married to Edward. Why? She doesn’t want to be that girl who gets married right after high school. Please. You love him that much it shouldn’t matter what people think. She gags just thinking about engagement rings and planning her wedding.

She was in denial the entire book. Then she falls in love with Jacob. Even pictures a happily ever after with him.

Stupid.

Jacob- He soooo annoyed me throughout the book. I really liked him in Twilight and New Moon. Now he’s just a spoiled brat who is mad cause he can’t have his toy. Keeps insulting Edward in front of Bella. Forcefully kisses her. If it had been Edward who pulled that stunt, you bet Jacob would’ve been all over him.

That was another thing. He kept telling Bella Edward wasn’t human. WTF! You aren’t either! Hello werewolf!!!! Both of you are freaks!!!!!

Edward- He didn’t quite piss me off. But I just have to wonder, is Bella worth all the trouble? He was extremely patient. More than any other guy I know. Which Edward said he had years of building up patience but still……everyman has his breaking point.

Edwards just needs to dump Bella’s ass and be with a real woman. Maybe like… me?

I’m really disappointed in this book. At point, I just started skimming I was so mad. I really wished I stopped at Twilight. I had their HEA all pictured in my head. I honestly don’t know if I want to read the next book.

Grade: 2/5 cause I love Edward, otherwise: 1/5.

one-half-stars

Review: Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

Posted August 7, 2007 by Holly in Reviews | 52 Comments

Review: Eclipse by Stephenie MeyerReviewer: Holly
Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
Series: Twilight #3
Also in this series: Eclipse, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn, Breaking Dawn, Twilight, Twilight, Twilight

Publication Date: August 7th 2007
Genres: Young Adult, Horror & Ghost Stories, Love & Romance
Pages: 640
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three-stars

Readers captivated by Twilight and New Moon will eagerly devour Eclipse, the much anticipated third book in Stephenie Meyer's riveting vampire love saga.

As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob --- knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?

This is the much anticipated continuing first person story of Bella Swan, a 17-year-old girl who moved to Forks, Washington and fell in love with vampire Edward Cullen.

Graduation is fast approaching for Bella, and with it, her deadline for becoming a vampire. She’s still on the outs with Jacob Black and she’s starting to have second thoughts about being changed. Not to mention there are a spree of murders taking place in Seattle and Victoria, the crazed vampire who’s been after Bella since Twilight, is still haunting Bella’s dreams.

I’ve never been one for self-denial. I mean, I figure, you can lie to your friends, you can lie to your family, but ultimately, you cannot lie to yourself. Bella Swan takes “lying to yourself” to a whole new level in this book. So much that I was seriously tempted to stop reading.

Side Note: There will be spoilers included in my review. There’s no way around it for me. If you are the type of person who doesn’t want to know before you read it yourself, please don’t read any further. :End Side Note

Once again we follow Bella’s thoughts as she tries to deal with becoming a vampire, her overwhelming love for Edward, her constant worry for her family, and her despair at the gulf between her and Jacob.

I think my biggest problem with this novel is the way Bella constantly deludes herself. It started almost in the beginning. Alice has a vision at lunch while sitting with Bella and Edward. Bella is curious and wants to know what the vision was, but neither Edward nor Alice will tell her. Edward then railroads her into going to visit her mom for the weekend in AZ, and then lies to Bella about the vision, telling her it was something much different than what it really is.

Prior to Edward telling her, Bella is sure she knows what the vision was about – Victoria – and has worked herself up into a nice fit of semi-panic. But when Edward tells her it was something inconsequential, she goes, “Oh. Good” and for the next 300 or so pages, she thinks to herself, “I’m just blowing this out of proportion again, just like I did with Alice’s vision”. She even does this after she finds out the truth of the vision and why Edward insisted she leave town for the weekend.

And that was the continuing trend throughout the book. She was in constant self-denial and always wanting to play the martyr. She finally makes amends with Jacob – who we know is totally in love with her – and she spends as much time with him as she can. But while she constantly thinks to herself, “I’m hurting him” she doesn’t back away, and she doesn’t make an effort to ease the pain he feels over her relationship with Edward.

I also had a very, very hard time with her developing relationship with Jacob. She finally agrees to marry Edward and then shortly after realizes she’s IN love with Jacob. Yes, I said IN LOVE with him. Although she loves Edward more, she could envision a life with Jacob. A comfortable, human life. She tells Jacob all of this and then says, “but I’m going to stay with Edward”. She even kisses him at one point (Jacob, I mean). Who does that? Naturally Edward found out right away because he can read Jacob’s mind, but rather than being upset with Bella he tells her he understood her reasons, that Jacob doesn’t fight fair, and that he loves her no matter what. Which, of course, just made Bella feel even worse.

At one point, I thought this was going to turn into another Love Triangle series, and I was sorely disappointed. I’m still not entirely sure that won’t happen.

Eventually they (Bella, Edward and Alice) figure out that Victoria is creating her own little army of “Newborns” – vampires who have just been created and don’t have any control over themselves but have tremendous power – with the intention of bringing them to Forks to wipe out the Cullens and kill Bella. They begin preparing to fight them, but Jasper, who has experience fighting Newborns, doesn’t think they’ll be able to win the fight, as they’re all sadly outnumbered.

Until the werewolves get involved. Jacob and the rest of the gang from La Push agree to fight with the Cullens to save Bella. I have to say, despite how annoyed I was with the book in general and Bella in particular, that was pretty cool. Seeing the Vamps and Weres working together was great. Although I still say Bella isn’t worth it.

Perhaps I’m not making much sense, or my frustration with the book is overshadowing the actual review of this book, but this is how I felt whilst reading..frustrated. And angry. And annoyed.

There were some good things. We find out more about Rosalie and Jasper and how they became Vampires. Learning about their pasts was very interesting. We found out more about the werewolves, too, and how they came to be and the legends they pass down. Of course, it was from these legends that Bella gets the idea into her head to sacrifice herself so everyone else can live, but at least it doesn’t happen that way.

The fight scenes were cool, even though we saw them all from Bella’s POV. And there’s an extremely unguarded moment when Jacob and Edward are talking about Bella with each other – when they think she’s asleep – that really touched me. Seeing where they both come from in regards to her..well, it was very sweet and touching. I could really feel the love they both have for her, although I am truly baffled by it. I’d just want to smack her myself, but that’s just me.

I think, overall, I expected Bella to get stronger and more independent. To find herself, I suppose. And instead she seemed to get more co-dependent and more self-serving. She was just plain selfish, assuming the world revolves around her and only thinking of herself, never of the other people in her life.

The Epilogue was very well done, however. It’s written from Jacob’s POV and I found it to be very insightful. If SM writes Midnight Sun -Twilight from Edward’s POV – or anything from Jacob’s POV, I’d scoop them up in a heartbeat.

Anyway, despite my issues – and there were many – with the overall story and Bella, SM’s writing still drew me in. She obviously has the talent and drive it takes to produce a constant page turner, and for that alone I cannot rate this in the “terrible” range.

3.0 out of 5

I honestly don’t know how I feel about continuing on with the series. Prior to reading this one, I was excited to read more about Bella and the Cullens and Jacob. Now? I’m not sure I want to see where this train wreck leads us. Although, I will probably buy the next installment. What can I say, I’m a glutton for punishment.

*I was going to include links in this post to SM’s site and etc, but it appears to be down. If I remember, I’ll update it later.

Edited to correct a mistake. I said Esme and Jasper told their stories, but it was in fact Rosalie and Jasper. I apologize

three-stars

Review: Teen Idol by Meg Cabot.

Posted July 15, 2007 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Teen Idol by Meg Cabot.Reviewer: Rowena
Teen Idol by Meg Cabot
Published by Harper Teen
Publication Date: July 26th 2005
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 293
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four-stars

High school junior Jenny Greenley is so good at keeping secrets that she's the school newspaper's anonymous advice columnist. She's so good at it that, when hotter-than-hot Hollywood star Luke Striker comes to her small town to research a role, Jenny is the one in charge of keeping his identity under wraps. But Luke doesn't make it easy, and soon everyone—the town, the paparazzi, and the tabloids alike—know his secret...and Jenny is caught right in the middle of all the chaos.

FINALLY!

I haven’t been able to sit through an entire book to read and enjoy a book the way that I zipped right through this book this weekend. My weekends have seriously slowed down for the next little while with family reunions and social obligations out of the way, so I was able to enjoy the heck out of this book. I’m just not in the mood to read, gasp and fear for characters lives in romantic suspense as I thought I was so I picked this book up which is a book that me, Daphne and Holly picked up the last time we all went book shopping together a few weeks ago.

It was perfect!

Jenny Greenley is a junior at Clayton High School in Clayton, Indiana. Everyone loves Jen, she’s everyone’s best friend and she’s the “mayonaise” ….without her, everything falls apart. When we first meet Jen it’s really hard to not like her, I mean, just like everyone in her town and school, you can’t help but love her and befriend her. She’s one of those do gooder types and it’s just cute. She’s the girl next door that all of the parents love and want to babysit their kids. She’s the perfect person to keep your secrets and help console you when the other kids are being big time dookie sticks to you.

She’s an undercover columnist for the school’s newspaper. She writes the Ask Annie column and it’s the most secret job in all the school because she’s annonymous. Nobody can know who she is because they won’t think she’s nuetral so keeping secrets is like second nature to Jenny. So, the higher ups at her school didn’t think it was too big a job to entrust Jenny with the one secret that seriously needs to be kept.

The secret being the identity of the biggest heart throb in Hollywood according to Seventeen and Teen Vogue magazines.

Luke frickin’ Striker.

Luke will be “transferring” to Clayton High to research a new role he’s taken on as a high school student from the mid west. Having grown up in Southern California with a Starbucks on every corner and the Beverly Center just up the road, Luke knows next to nothing about living in a small town, so he heads to Indiana to find out how to act like a normal teenage kid, since normal for him was tutors on set of the tv series that started his career off on the path it is now.

So Jenny is entrusted with Luke’s secret…she must be his student guide at his new school and show him the ropes, all the while maintaining his “Lucas Smith” (I think that was his alias, I forget and my book is at home) persona. It was really hard considering everyone was falling in love with “Lucas”, everyone including her best friend. Jenny’s best friend, Trina is like Beyonce’ says in her song, Crazy in Love with him. Him, meaning Luke Striker. She knows everything about him, she knows all about his love affair with Angelique Tremaine and how she dumped him for some older than her director and left him alone and heartbroken.

And now it seems that she’s falling head over heels with Lucas Smith much to Jenny’s chagrin. The whole book centers around Jenny and everything that she does for everyone and everything everyone does for her which is a big fat NOTHING! You see the transformation from everyone’s best friend to changer of all bad things at the high school.

It was so cute to see Jenny go from being taken for granted to teen saver from the bullies of the school. And as much as I loved me some Luke Striker, for me, like Jen, it was ALL ABOUT SCOTT!

I loved how smart Scott was and how he was the only person who really knew Jen. He knew what she liked, what she didn’t like and he was just great to her, even though he was with Geri Lynn. It was cute to see how these two connected, I loved the whole car wash scene when Luke’s identity came to the front and I loved seeing Scott and Geri break up because of Scott’s little water fight with Jenny….ooh so cute!

I just love little teeny bopper books that have me reminiscing back to when I was in high school and having water fights with cute boys. Oh those were the days.

This book was really good, I totally recommend it to those of you who enjoy a good Young Adult book every now and again. This book made me laugh a lot and it was just great fun to read. I’m so glad that we picked this book and it has made me want to devour ALL OF MEG CABOTS BOOKS!

I need to go to the bookstore and stock up on the rest of the MC books, they’re just great and I promise that you won’t regret picking this one up, you can even read it with your daughters and nieces, it’s a great family friendly book to read…get it shorty!

four-stars