Thursday, August 28, 2008

Today/Tomorrow/The Day After

Okay, so the rest of today/tomorrow/the day after (plus a bunch more days after that) are going to be so busy. I'm just gonna get right to my point.

My Schedule:

11-12: Cleaning my room

12-1: Reading & Surfing The Web (I can't get to sleep before 1 o'clock anywayz, might as well do something useful)
1-6: Sleeping
6-6:50: Getting Ready & Drinking Coffee & Checking my e-mail/blog/myspace
6:50-7: Driving To My Dad's House
7-7:45: Waiting at my Dad's House (Watching TV & Drinking More Coffee)
7:45-7:55: Walking to school
7:55-8:15: Organizing My Locker (No school hasn't started yet, I just know my combo, so I'm gonna bring my stuff now.)
8:15-8:30: Getting Ready for Volleyball Practice
8:30-10:40: Volleyball Practice
10:40-10:50: Get Ready to Go Home
10:50-11: Walk Home
11-11:30: Make lunch & eat it (What? I don't know yet)

11:30-4: Chill Time & Showering (The only time I really have to just hang out by myself all weekend.) Plus Brandy (a friend) arrives sometime in this area.
4-4:10: Driving to my mom's house
4:10-10: Hang out with Brandy (Watch movies & sit in the hot tub & surf the net)
10-12: Sleeping (Hopefully we fall asleep by then.)

12-4:30: Sleeping (Hopefully)
4:30-5:30: Getting Ready
5:30-5:45: Find Something to Eat for Breakfast (and Coffee)
5:45-5:55: Andrea (a junior) picks us up to bring us into town (SCHOOL)
5:55-6: Wait for all the other Student Council members to arrive
6-6:45: Ride the Bus to the Craft Show
6:45-2:45: Help out at the Craft Show (and earn Community Service hours)
2:45-2:50: Get Ready to Leave
2:50-3:35: Ride the Bus Back to School
3:35-5:45: Going to a friend's house (don't know which one yet)
5:45-6: Getting to another friend's (spoiled) surprise party
6-10: Participating in said party
10-10:10: Getting back to my mom's house
10:10-10:50: Getting ready for bed
10:50-11:30: Checking e-mail/blog/myspace
11:30-12: Reading & Watching TV on my laptop

Reading & Watching TV on my laptop

12:30-1: Trying to fall asleep
1-5:45: Sleeping
5:45-6:45: Getting Ready
6:45-7: Drinking Coffee, maybe finding something to eat
7-8:40: Driving to my aunt's church
8:40-9: Mingling in the lobby and drinking more coffee
9-10:30: Church Service
10:30-10:50: More Mingling
10:50-11:10: Driving to my aunt's house
11:10-4: Family Bonding
4-6: Heading into town (shopping, maybe?)
6-9:30: More family bonding
9:30-10: Being forced to lay down because school's coming up, but there's no way I'm going to sleep
10-11:30: Reading
11:30-12: Possibly falling asleep (if not, more reading)

Catching up on my sleeping

10-12: Family bonding
12-1:30: Driving Home
1:30-2: Getting Caught up on my laundry (and my family's)
2-4: Relaxing as much as I can (Checking e-mail/blog/myspace)
4-6: Reading and reviewing, hopefully
6-9: Watching a movie with the fam, checking to make sure we have all our school supplies.
9-10:30: More reading and reviewing
10:30-11: Trying to Get to Sleep


I guess what i'm just trying to say is that I'm going to be SOOOOOO UBER busy that you shouldn't hope for any more reviews until Monday, but I will try. I promise I will. Well, now I need to get started on my room. Good night to you reviewers and Good Morning to REVIEWER X, I think. I don't actually know what time it is wherever she is. But Good Morning/Night anywayz, toodles.

Booking Through Thursday: Volume One

This week's BOOKING THROUGH THURSDAY post goes like this:

If you’re anything like me, one of your favorite reasons to read is for the story. Not for the character development and interaction. Not because of the descriptive, emotive powers of the writer. Not because of deep, literary meaning hidden beneath layers of metaphor. (Even though those are all good things.) No … it’s because you want to know what happens next?

Or, um, is it just me?

I have to say that I am a mix of all of those. Definitely for the story. If the story isn't interesting, then why read it? I hate to keep reading a book, when I don't enjoy it. I also like to see the character development and interaction. I love people watching and reading is like doing it from your own home. (I'm a pretty nosy person.) I don't like metaphors much because if I don't understand them, then I feel stupid. I'd rather people just say what they mean.

Though when an author can make you laugh out loud or just start crying in the middle of a chapter, you know that person has unbelievable writing skills. You know that they really enjoy their profession. However, like Deb, I'd have to say that I'll keep reading for the story. I read because I want to know what's coming.

I enjoyed this post. Thanks Deb.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Things I'm A Part Of

YA Books Bloggers is also really cool. I posted my first blog today. I'm really excited to see what all the other bloggers have to say.

Booking Through Thursday is a cool site. All you have to do is answer the post.

Random Buzzers is so cool. Just joined today. I already love it.

Weekly Geeks is one of the best hidden secrets on the web. Plus I think this pic is so cute.

Wired Wednesday: Volume One

This is a new addition to the blog. On Wednesday as soon as you get up, grab a cup of coffee (or something else that's caffienated, if your not a coffee addict like me). Nothing before. We need some coffee to get us through the rest of this Hump Day. Then state how you feel on the blog and answer the following questions.

Feeling: A little tired

Current Book: Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Next Book In Line: Top Ten Uses For An Unworn Prom Dress

Last Book Blog Seen (besides your own): The Reading Sanctuary

Link This Blog Please. Click Here

Are you impressed by this Blog? Yes, I liked the layout.

Any plans for today? I have volleyball practice until 4:30 then at 5:15, I have to babysit with the rest of the freshmen in Student Council. Then I will come home, shower, eat something, and begin to read.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

New Stuff II

September is going to be a big month. A bunch of stuff is coming up.

  1. A contest is coming. The name of the book is to be announced.
  2. An author review is coming. The name of the author is also to be announced.
  3. A new addition to this blog, a reviewer review is coming. Again, to be announced.
  4. A poll is coming. I don't even need to write it. TBA.
  5. Then a bunch of reviews will be coming.

I am very excited and you should be too. SEPTEMBER is the month to be here. Only six more days.

27. How I Found The Perfect Dress by Maryrose Wood

I had the most unbelievable summer. On a bike tour of Ireland, I fell head over handlebars for the hunky guide, Colin, and-oh, yeah-magically discovered that I'm a half-goddess. Then it was back to my painfully normal life-and my relationship with Colin fizzled to the occasional e-mail-until he wrote saying he was coming here!

But Colin's arrival is not so magical-the poor guy's exhausted. It seems that when I found my goddess mojo, a spell was cast on Colin. In his dreams he's forced to dance till dawn with the faeries, who want to boogie for an eternity. If I don't break the enchantment somehow, the prom I've been dreaming of will be Colin's worst nightmare. Look out, faeries, Colin's next dance is with me!

Can this half-goddess dance the night away with the mortal of her dreams?

I didn't enjoy this book. It read long and I wish I had read the first one in the series to see if it was the same.

RATING: 2 stars

26. Secrets of My Hollywood Life by Jen Calonita

I'm going to let you in on a little Hollywood secret: Movie stars don't always get along. It's true. You can't believe everything you hear during interviews on Access Hollywood. When a star is asked about her costar, she'll gush about how the two are best buds who go to the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf every Saturday morning after Ashtanga yoga for a fat-free Ice Blended. The truth is they probably haven't seen each other outside work in six months. Celebrities will say anything for good publicity.

How do I know? You've probably already guessed. I'm on of them. I'm Kaitlin Burke, one of Teen People's "25 Hottest Stars Under 25." Number six on Entertainment Weekly's "It List."

I thought this book was predictable, but highly addictive. I love any journal book, and this one was interesting. I just kept reading.
RATING: 3.5 stars

25. Violet On The Runway by Melissa Walker




"Gorgeous, I've got fall castings coming up and I think you could be IT. And I mean IT. Are you busy next weekend? I can have you on a flight to New york Friday Night. If it's up to me, I say you're the next Kate Moss-but, you know, taller and without the PR problems...I hope!" Then she threw her perfectly highlighted hair back and laughed, which gave me a good look at her straight white veneers.

So that's how I happen to have this business card in the front pocket of my jeans as I start my senior year of high school. The card of Angela Blythe from Tryst Models in New York City, who wants to put me on a plane this weekend and whisk me into her world of high-heeled boots and oversized sunglasses. Me, Violet Greenfield, who's been P-L-A-I-N practically forever.

And you wanna know a secret? I'm going...

I really liked this book. Violet is such an interesting character. She's really strong and a bit predictable, but you love her for it. In this world that she now lives in, in this world of running around and magazine shoots and backstabbing your best friends, you need to know there's one thing that will stay strong.

RATING: 4 stars

24. Ambition by Kate Brian


Reed Brennan knew being elected president of exclusive Billings Hall would change her life. What she didn't count on was being dumped by her boyfriend, Josh Hollis, or being held responsible for a fire that destroyed Easton Academy's oldest building.


As president, it's up to Reed to save Billings Hall. What better way to win over the headmaster than to host a glam fund-raising event in New York City? Everyone needs a date, and the newly single Reed is the most eligible girl on campus. All of Easton's hottest boys are angling to take her out, and for once, Reed's biggest problem is which one to choose.

Reed has never felt so popular or powerful until the police start asking questions about Cheyenne Martin's death. Excited party buzz quickly turns to whispered rumors and dark moods, and one thing is clear: There is someone who wants to see Billings, and Reed, go down. And they will do anything to make it happen.

I probably liked this one second best. Confessions will always be my all-time favorite, well until Revelation comes out, because that looks so good. This one Reed really shows that she is a force to be reckoned with. She's a tough person and she'll stand up for what she thinks is right.

RATING: 5 stars

23. Legacy by Kate Brian


After Cheyenne Martin's death, everyone at Easton Academy is struggling to recover from yet another tragedy-especially the girls of Billings Hall. With Cheyenne gone, they need to elect a new leader. And who better than Reed Brennan, the ultimate Billings Girl?

As the new Billings president, Reed suddenly has access to power she never imagined. Gossip is reported to her immediately. She has first dibs on everything from dining tables to dorm rooms, and Billings's most powerful alumnae are at her beck and call. So when Easton's students discover they're the only prep school on the East Coast not invited to this year's ultra-exclusive Legacy party, everyone turns to Reed to get them back on the list.


She revels in her newfound status, but knows better than anyone that the Billings leaders have a tainted legacy: Ariana was institutionalized, Noelle was expelled, and Cheyenne just died. History has a way of repeating itself at Easton, and now that Reed has everything she's ever wanted, she has everything to lose.

This book was just as good as the others. Though, it does change the perspective, because Reed has become popular and idolized. The Reed we all knew was awkward and unsure of herself. She didn't know how to handle situtations, much less be in the center of things. She's grown up, but she's still the same girl.

RATING: 4.5 stars

22. Inner Circle by Kate Brian


Reed Brennan arrived at Easton Academy expecting to find an idyllic private school experience-challenging classes, adorably preppy boys, and a chance to create a new life for herself. Instead, she discovered lies, deception, blackmail, and ... murder. But, thanksfully, the killers were caught and the nightmare is finally over.


Now, with a new school year ahead of her, Reed steps back on Easton's ivy-covered campus ready to start over. So when the headmaster announces that Billings is forbidden from holding their traditional, secretive initiation, Reed is relieved. She champions the new rules and the six new girls the administration has picked to live in Billings Hall: Constance, Missy, Lorna, Kiki, Astrid, and newcomer Sabine.

But Reed's fellow Billings resident and new nemesis, Cheyenne Martin, believes the changes are a mockery of Billings history. Despire the new rules, Cheyenne vows to keep the old ways alive, no matter what-or who-stands in her way...

I liked this book. It took me forever to find it but it's like I just re-started and I feel as though I never stopped reading this series. It's definitely not as good as the others, but it's still a really great read.

RATING: 4 stars

Monday, August 25, 2008

21. True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet by Lola Douglas

Teen star Morgan Carter's mom is trying to kill her. At least, that's what Morgan thinks when she's sent to Fort Wayne, Indiana, after a near overdose outside L.A.'s Viper Room.

Morgan's been sent to recover out of the spotlight. Way out. She's been given a major makeunder, a new name, and a completely different identity. Her plan? To keep a diary of the experience, have it published as a tell-all book, and stage a comeback. But when this L.A. girl finds love and a new life in Middle America, will she abandon it for another shot at super stardom?

Makeunder: New dark brown hair, fake squared-off fake tortoiseshell glasses, removing all traces of makeup, clothing from Target, Old Navy, and Payless

Name: Claudia Miller

Identity: Claudia Miller moved from New York to get away from the drama at her school. She moved in with her aunt and wanted to start new.

It's an interesting book and a fast read.

RATING: 4 stars

Sunday, August 24, 2008

20. A Novel Idea by Aimee Friedman

Norah is a Brooklyn hipster. She is a book addict and a little short on her extra-curriculars. So she decided to start a book club. She also knows the perfect place. A local indie bookstore with a cutie behind the coffee counter. She can't wait to start. Yet, she's worried that no one will come.

When the first meeting does arrive, Norah gets a page-turning surprise. The attendees may be book-ish, but there are also a couple hotties. Sweet, bookish James is like a modern jane Austen hero. How will Norah snag him?

Norah, a secret romantic with hidden love stories in her room, devises a secret plan. If it works, she may have a 'Happily Ever After'.

I loved this book personally. I always read books about these exciting characters and all of there adventures. That's fine if you need some adventure in your life, but with A Novel Idea you feel like Norah. You love to read and you just want that boy to be perfect. This is a story for every book lover who is annoyed that the adventurous people in the books are more interesting than you.

RATING: 5 stars

19. Inside Girl: The Sweetest Thing by J. Minter

Flan Flood still has a glamorous New York City life that any girl would envy. She lives in a fabulous town house, her closets have pounds of designer clothing, and her curfew: whenever the clubs close.

Flan and her new friends, Meredith and Judith, are still the normal everyday teenage girls you see on the street. They shop, get their hair done, and spend time together after school. They even break the biggest friendship rule of all: you can't go after the same guy. Adam McGregor is so cute that they don't know what to do. They just go for him.

When a costume ball comes, they all decide that is the place to throw themselves at him. How will the night end?

RATING: 3 stars

18. Poseur by Rachel Maude

Four high school girls who love fashion (but hate each other) are forced together to create a designer label for their exclusive LA private school. Can a cool coquette, a shy punk, a ghetto-glam egomaniac, and a hippie goddess make peace for couture? Welcome to Winston Prep-where wardrobe means war.

The Cool Coquette - Charlotte Beverwil, with her wintery cream skin, long dark hair, almond shaped green eyes, wore a feminine dress with leggings and ballet flats on the first day of school. She loves all things French: Perrier, bicycling, cigarettes, Chanel.

The Shy Punk - Janie Farrish wore an unbelievable green micro miniskirt, a vintage cardigan, and yellow flats on the first day of school. She had newly cleared skin, short brown hair and enormous grey eyes. She wanted to be a fashion designer when she graduated. The drawings throughout the book are all hers.

The GhettoGlam Egomaniac - Melissa Moon showed up at school wearing black Juicy pants, a pink D&G tee, and silver Jimmy Choo stilettos. She has exotic features with her sultry eyes, a dusky complexion, and Angelina pout. With her famous parents, she wants to break free and start her own company.

The Hippie Goddess - Petra Greene wore two different-colored ballet flats, a wine-red linen skirt, a mop-gray thermal tee, a shredded scarf, fake pearls, and a Burger King crown. All of this was picked out by her younger sisters. With her wide hazel-green eyes and honey-blonde hair, she could pass for a Victoria's Secret model's more attractive younger sister.

These insanely different girls are thrown together in a group. How will they ever make it out alive, much less enjoy the time together? Read it and you'll find out.

RATING: 4.5 stars

Thursday, August 21, 2008

17. Perfect by Sara Shepard

This mysterious series is still coming. The books are so addicting. Aria still can't resist her ex. Hanna is on the verge of losing Mona. She just doesn't trust her. Emily has been betrayed by A, even worse than she could imagine. She doesn't know what to do and Maya is so confused. Spencer can't keep her hands of anything that belongs to her sister.
"A" knows these secrets and she won't hesitate to tell anyone. You may not trust her, but you should do what she asks. Or else.
RATING: 3.5 stars

16. Saving Zoe by Alyson Noel

It's been a year since the murder of 15-year-old Echo's older sister, Zoe, and she's still reeling from the aftermath. Her parents are numb, her friends are moving on, and as she starts high school awkwardly, she knows that she will never live up to her sister's memory. That is until Marc, who used to be Zoe's boyfriend, gives her the one thing that could help: Zoe's diary.
In the beginning, Echo is feeling frightened and uninterested toward the diary. She doesn't think there will be anything in there that she doesn't already know. But eventually, she begins to read and becomes engrossed in the world of her sister's. She applies WWZD (What would Zoe do?) to almost everything in her life.
You will honestly laugh and cry with this book. The plot is addictive and Noel really shows the dynamics between sisters relationships.
RATING: 5 stars

Sunday, August 3, 2008

15. Inside Girl by J. Minter

Flan Flood had always had her pick of fabulous clothes and equally fabulous parties. Her legendary N.Y.C. family starts with her beautiful worldly parents, who are never on the same continent as her, much less the same city. Her sister Feb (short for February) is also never around. She is 20 so she lives by herself and she often leaves town for days at a time. If her parents aren't in the city, she most likely isn't at the house. Her brother Patch who just graduated still lives at the house, most of the time. He lives at friends houses for days at a time and their parents don't really care.

Now that Flan is starting high school, she wants to reinvent herself. First, she's going to a new school. Not the school that her sister went to, but one where nobody cares who she is or, most importantly, who she's related to. Second, she's going to be normal. She's going to make some new friends and be a normal teenage girl. She'll crush on boys and hang out with normal people. Flan isn't as normal as she'd like though, because normal teenagers don't have famous friends.

Introducing Sara-Beth Benny. That little child star who grew up to be on every gossip magazine in the country. She's so famous that paparazzi are following her everywhere and her old apartment building kicked her out because of it. She's been friends with Flan for a really long time and now that she's in need, Flan lets her stay with her. Then two more friends come. She really doesn't know how to handle these old friends with her new ones. It's a good read.

RATING: 4.5 stars