Tag: Young Adult

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

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

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

Posted August 1, 2007 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 2 Comments

Begun a decade ago and encompassing six shelf-bending novels, the seventh and concluding volume of the international literary phenomenon that is the Harry Potter saga comes to a bombshell-packed — and oh so satisfying — conclusion in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, arguably the most wildly anticipated release in modern publishing history.
As the novel begins, Harry, Ron and Hermione are on the run from Lord Voldemort, whose minions of Death Eaters have not only taken control of the Minister of Magic but have begun to systematically — and forcibly — change the entire culture of the magic community: Muggle-born wizards, for example, are being rounded up and questioned, and all “blood traitors” are being imprisoned. But as Voldemort and his followers ruthlessly pursue the fugitive with the lightning bolt scar on his forehead, Potter finally uncovers the jaw-dropping truth of his existence….

Undoubtedly Rowling’s crowning literary achievement, this triumphant final installment not only answers any and all questions surrounding integral characters like Albus Dumbledore, Voldemort, Severus Snape, Neville Longbottom, and Draco Malfoy but also brilliantly deals with some decidedly adult themes — mortality, faith, duty, honor, etc. — with a lyrical simplicity that will touch the hearts of readers of all ages. (“Do not pity the dead…pity the living, and, above all, those who live without love.”) Rowling definitely saved the best for last in this saga; HP7 will exceed the expectations of even the most demanding Harry Potter fan — a towering, transcendent end to an equally towering and transcendent series. Paul Goat Allen

Ok, I’m not even going over the plot. I think almost everyone has read this book. For those who haven’t, you may read a plot summary here. I admit, I read the plot summary on wikipedia before I read the book. So knowing what was going to happened prepared me.

What I Liked:

Wow. I enjoyed the book. So many emotions. All loose ends tied up. Some of my favorites scenes: Fred and George look at each other after taking polyjuice potion. They say, “We’re identical!” I laughed out loud. When Ron and Hermione finally kiss!!! Damn, that has been a long time coming. Then Harry all, “Umm, can you do this later?” When Molly killed Bellatrix. That was awesome.

Learning about Snape and his undying love for Lily. I have a soft spot for him. I admit to thinking he’s hot. Or at least Alan Rickman’s portrayal of Snape. Snape’s love for Lily caught me off guard. I honestly thought Draco would reveal he was in love in Hermione. I thought how he acted towards Hermione was just a cover up. I was wrong.

I enjoyed learning more about Dumbledore. I liked knowing he had his faults and secrets. It made him seem more real to me.

I also enjoyed the final showdown between Harry and Voldemort. I mean, I knew Harry would win but I also did expect a little more. Maybe a few near misses and then the final blow.

What I didn’t like:

Although I expected a high death toll, two of them I was really sad when they happened. Hedwig and Fred. I was more upset with Hedwig because she’s (or was he a he?) been with Harry since the beginning. She kept him company when he home during the summer. That and how she was hit with the killing curse. Sucks.

Ok, Ron was getting on my nerves for while. Especially when he left. UGH! He made me mad. Little baby. I am glad he came back though.

Also, the epilogue. I liked knowing who got married to who and all that but she could have mentioned if Harry’s occupation. I know a lot of people complained about that. I did read an interview where she said both Harry and Ron were aurors. I forget what Hermione ended up doing. Also, I would have liked to have seen what happened with Luna.

Would I recommend it: Yup.

Grade: Really hard to grade. I want to reread the series again. So I’ll wait until then. But I did enjoy the book very much.

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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

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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: Twilight by Meg Cabot.

Posted April 26, 2007 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Twilight by Meg Cabot.Reviewer: Rowena
The Mediator #6: Twilight by Meg Cabot
Published by Harper Collins
Publication Date: January 1st 2005
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 256
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four-half-stars

Suze has gotten used to ghosts. They wake her up in the middle of the night. They haunt her locker at school. She's even spotted a few down at Carmel Beach. Suze is a mediator, after all, and communicating with the dead is all in a day's work for her. The last thing she ever expected was to fall in love with one: Jesse, a nineteenth-century hottie.

But when she and Paul Slater, himself a mediator of undeniable power (and dubious intent), discover that the powers they share aren't limited to helping ghosts resolve their earthly woes, but can also be used to determine whether or not they become ghosts in the first place, Suze can't help but freak. Not because she suddenly knows how to alter the course of history, but because Paul can, too. And Paul would like nothing better than to prevent Jesse's murder, keeping him from becoming a ghost and allowing him to live a natural life at last ... but in the nineteenth century. Meaning Jesse and Suze would never meet.
Suddenly, Suze is faced with the most important decision of her life: allow the only guy she's ever loved to have the life he's always longed for ... or keep him anchored forever in half-life at her side. Will Jesse choose to live without her, or die to love her?

Will Jesse choose to live without her, or die to love her?

I finished this book earlier this week and I’ve got to say that I loved the way this series ended, because this series DID end with this book, right? Goodness, I hope so because the series needed to end just the way it did in Twilight.

Meg Cabot did an excellent job with this series and I’m being totally serious here. This is a series that I’m enjoying right along with my two nieces, Chloe and Chelsea. Brenna (my daughter) is excited to read it when she turns 14 and my nieces Meghan, Makenna, Chaylene and Cheridan are waiting in line to read this series as well. I’ve read aloud to them nightly and so they are all really looking forward to reading about Suze’s adventures being a mediator and pleasing the many ghosts who came knockin’ or really, yelling in her room.

Meg Cabot sure doesn’t disappoint with Twilight. It was an upbeat, funny story just like her other stories were but I’ve got to say that I wanted to strangle Suze more than once in this book. She was so hot damn whiny about stopping Paul from doing what she didn’t want him to do and if you ask me, her reasons for stopping Paul from doing what he wants to do…for Jesse are so effing selfish they made me want to bitch slap her upside her damn head and then karate chop her knee caps off.

Seriously, the dumb broad shows her age (all of 16) when she bitches and moans about why Paul can’t go through with his plan to “save” Jesse’s life.

I mean, she loved Jesse so much that she wanted him to stay dead and with her in her room for all of her years and however many years it took for him to move on, I guess.

It was so stupid!

But she makes up for her stupidness in the end and I was happy with the way the story ended. It’s all make believe and if I can read and love stories where Dark Hunters get their souls back and give up their immortality to be with the ones they love, I can totally dig ghosts and their lives and whatever that they have in this story.

I would totally recommend this series to anyone that wants to read great, teenage fun chasing ghosts and righting wrongs for the dead. It’s a laugh a minute and the characters are sweet, warm and very lovable.

Get these books now and read them, a treat for all ages!! =)

I read and reviewed the rest of this series over at my old book blog, Sanctuary’s Finest so you can find the other reviews here:

Book 1: Shadowland
Book 2: Ninth Key
Book 3: Reunion
Book 4: Darkest Hour
Book 5: Haunted
Twilight

Grade: 4.75 out of 5

four-half-stars

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