31 January 2011

Review: Here Lies Bridget by Paige Harbison

Here Lies Bridget - Paige Harbison
Publication Date: January 18th 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 0373210280 (ISBN13: 9780373210282)
Format: e-galley
Pages: 224
Source: NetGalley, received a free e-galley for an honest review

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Summary:
What do you do when the five people you meet in limbo all want you to go to hell?

Bridget Duke is the uncontested ruler of her school. The meanest girl with the biggest secret insecurities. And when new girl Anna Judge arrives, things start to fall apart for Bridget: friends don’t worship as attentively, teachers don’t fall for her wide-eyed “who me?” look, expulsion looms ahead and the one boy she’s always loved—Liam Ward—can barely even look at her anymore.

When a desperate Bridget drives too fast and crashes her car, she ends up in limbo, facing everyone she’s wronged and walking a few uncomfortable miles in their shoes. Now she has only one chance to make a last impression. Though she might end up dead, she has one last shot at redemption and the chance to right the wrongs she’s inflicted on the people who mean the most to her.

And Bridget’s about to learn that, sometimes, saying you’re sorry just isn’t enough.…

Review:
I think it's brilliant! I hated Bridget, a lot, and love(d) hating her, and I'm pretty sure that's what the author intended. I kinda enjoy hating her :x I also love the idea of reading from a bitchy girl's POV. All those novels where the antagonist is a mean popular beautiful powerful girl bullying terrifying everyone, and I have always wondered what was going in their minds. I think the author did a pretty good job. Nice to know what's in their minds. :D

Bridget is self-centred, so I didn't really know much about other characters, and if somehow, Paige Harbison did let us know more about them in some ways, it probably will ruin the whole thing. I don't even want to read it from 3rd person POV. I think reading from 1st person POV, aka Bridget's, is awesome, probably the best choice.

Bridget just really, doesn't care about other people. She doesn't even realise how she's hurting the people around her, with her awfulness. And she cares so much about her reputation and popularity, it kinda reminds me of myself, lol. Except that I wouldn't go that far, even if I miraculously have the guts. I want them, but not desperately.

I loveee Liam, he is awesome. Probably my favourite character there. I like Bridget's stepmom too, she is so selfless. And well, there really isn't much other characters to like/choose from, lol. Oh, I love reading how Bridget changed, the whole process thingy. It's like I witnessed it, and it all happened pretty fast!

I think the book gets better and better, and harder and harder to put down, as I continue reading. I had to pause though, because I had an early class the next morning and if I don't stop, I'd be late for my first class of a subject, and probably sleep through it. D:

Kinda wish it has a sequel, I think there are some questions unanswered, and lots of room for a sequel. Like, more about Bridget's mom, and what happens to Michelle next, and about Anna.

Conclusion:
I love this one, it's really pretty awesome, and hard to put down, and quite interesting, reading from her POV. Really, I even love(d) hating her.

Cover Design:
I don't really know what I think of the cover. I don't like it, I don't dislike it, and I certainly don't hate or love it. I don't think it looks ugly, but I don't think it's gorgeous, however I also don't think it looks okay or not bad. LOL. I guess it's quite pretty looking actually, probably just need something to make it really pretty.

Review: The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella

The Undomestic Goddess - Sophie Kinsella
Publication Date: October 30th 2007
Publisher: Dell
ISBN: 044024238X (ISBN13: 9780440242383)
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 384

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Summary:
High-powered attorney Samantha Sweeting has just made a mistake that could snuff out her career. In total meltdown, she abandons her office and catches the first available train out of London, winding up in the middle of nowhere. Still suffering from brain freeze, she wanders first into a large mansion and then into a job as a housekeeper. Samantha's domestic skills are in severe disarray, but somehow she blunders through sewing, ironing, cleaning, and patching together her life.

Review:
First of all, oh my gosh, what have I been missing? Blackberry existed back in 2004?!?!?!?! *googles* oh my, existed since 1999?! I've always thought it uh, appeared, in the recent years. Maybe it wasn't popular back then? *hopeful* oh well..

I loveeeeee the romance part, so cute and sweet and awww! Sophie Kinsella has written another awesome main male character, in fact, I think I'm in love with most of her fictional main male characters! For the books published as Sophie Kinsella at least, there's another book that I haven't read, and I read none of the books published as Madeleine Wickham, yet. D:

As always, and as usual, the humour is awesome. I think Sophie Kinsella did a great job at Samantha as well. Might be a little exaggerated, but really, if we were Samantha, we might do something similar to what she did. And Samantha's undomestic-ness is really shocking. At least I'm not as undomestic-y.

Though, it took be quite long to understand better about the uhm, legal parts. I mean, 3 parties, and I don't know a thing about law, really quite confusing, But at least in the end I understood better, and the parts that I still isn't sure about doesn't matter that much, I think.

Well, the ending is quite unsatisfying for me. I mean, I want to know more, but it ended already! There's also something that I want to know, but I don't think I'll know. Perhaps it's hinted somewhere lol, and I'm too blind to see/realize that. I think the ending-style is kinda the same with her other book, Remember Me?.

It's pretty awesome, you know. I wonder if she's going to start another series.

Conclusion:
The usual awesome Sophie Kinsella style. If you like her other works, you'll like/love this. If you like chick lit and never tried her, just buy any of her books.

Cover Design:
Well, I love mine. I don't really fancy the other / more common cover, unflattering yellow. This one is cuter, brighter, and prettier. :D

PS: Ohmygod, there's a movie for this book in development?! :O Yay!

23 January 2011

In My Mailbox (8)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren, inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie



THAT is a lot of books, but not too much considering this is actually THREE MONTHS worth of books! So, here's the list of great blogs/bloggers/authors I'd like to thank: Sisters in Scribe, Mundie Moms, Addicted to Novels, The Qwillery, BookSneeze, Book SnobLindsey Kelk, Reading the Best of the Best, Alyxandra Harvey, Kelly Oram, A Life Bound By Books, Gwen Hayes, Fiction State of MindLauren Bjorkman, Sydney Salter, Cornucopia of Reviews and Martha's Bookshelf. Thank you. And a good friend who lent me 5 of the books listed above, I miss you.

22 January 2011

Review: Izzy's Popstar Plan by Alex Marestaing

Izzy's Popstar Plan - Alex Marestaing
Series: Book #1
Publication Date: January 4th 2011
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 1400316545 (ISBN13: 9781400316540)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
Source: BookSneeze, received a free review copy for an honest review

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Summary:
Izzy Baxter has big plans—popstar plans.

Ever since she was six, she’s dreamed of becoming the world’s next singing sensation. Now sixteen, her singing career is on the rise, and she’s been selected to compete on the hit TV show International Popstar Challenge. As Izzy performs in far off locations such as Tokyo and Paris, it seems as if her plans are coming off without a hitch. But God has plans of His own, and Izzy will soon discover that living for Him is “way cooler” than megastar fame.

Presented like a daily blog, set up like a devotional, and read like a novel—this book will be an instant hit with tween girls. This cutting edge new product will meet girls where they are, and girls will love following Izzy on her incredible adventure. Plus, they’ll get daily spiritual food to equip them on their own incredible adventure with God.

Review:
Hmm, how should I start? So, it's a very light read, good for relaxing, but also kinda blah for me. I like the blog post format, it makes the book easier to read, and the readers get to know more about what's happening via the comments posted by her friends other than whatever Izzy posted, and that's all. I don't feel connected to any of the characters, not even Izzy. There're so many stuffs that we don't know about the other characters If she didn't keep mentioning it and the paparazzis, I probably won't notice that she's someone famous, or even her passion for singing lol.

Anyway, she's a teenager, but she doesn't really act like one. The crisis/her mistake part, I honestly don't think that's a serious mistake. She is no fun at all, yikes! And how come her father doesn't allow her to date anyway, she's a teenager, and it's the 21st century. It's just a date, not a freaking marriage. The romancelessness makes me sad. :(

The blog posts are quite short, really. And I was expecting pictures too, I mean, who blogs without uploading any pictures? I still prefer the real blogs, and the real blog posts. Probably won't be reading another book in blog post format.

Conclusion:
It's just not my cup of tea.

Cover Design:
Super fun looking! Love it!

19 January 2011

Review: Love at the Corner Pocket by Marlene Perez


Love at the Corner Pocket by Marlene Perez
Publication Date: May 1st 2008
Publisher: Point / Scholastic
ISBN: 0545019915 (ISBN13: 9780545019910)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288

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Summary:
All’s fair in love and billiards.

At the pool table, Chloe is an expert. She can see all the angles, sink all her shots. But when it comes to love, she’s more of a novice—unlike her beautiful best friend Bridget, who plays to win.

But when Alex comes to town, he changes everything. Slick and confident, he makes Chloe feel things she’s never felt before, and he even beats her at pool. The trouble is, Bridget also has her sights set on him. Meanwhile, Chloe’s old friend, Theo, seems to want to be more than her pool partner.

When dealing with friendship and love, will Chloe be stuck behind the 8-ball? Or is this a game she can win?

Review:
I finished this in around 3 hours because I wanted to finish and return it before school's out for the day, but I guess I read too fast, I ended up with nothing to do for a few hours. I really should've stayed home.

I don't know if it was my reading speed or what, I think it's a light and fast paced book, and not exactly what I would call a fun book. Maybe because me and Chloe are having a same problem, much less dramatic but still really depressing for me, so it was actually quite sad and disturbing. I felt sad for her AND myself, too relatable with the same problem I guess, but she's much better at handling it.

Anyway, I really enjoyed this book. The characters are likable, and yay for a really cute romance. I kind of wish I knew more about Bridget though, because I don't understand her. The pool playing parts bored me though, then again I'm not really interested in the game. The ending doesn't feel too final for me, because it wasn't the ending that I wanted, since it's similar to my real life problem's "ending", and I'm still hoping for a miracle.

Conclusion:
Light and fast paced, with a cute romance. :D I like this, it's very enjoyable.

Cover Design:
Cute and pretty cover! I love the heart on the ball, and a pink pool table!!

01 January 2011

My Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent is out now!



My Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent, the 4th book in her Soul Screamers series, is out on 1st January 2011, which means you can get them in bookstores already! Or you can buy online from Book Depository.


Here's the official blurb:


YOU WANT MY SOUL AND MY BOYFRIEND?

Trying to work things out with
Nash—her maybe boyfriend—is hard enough for Kaylee Cavanaugh. She can’t just
pretend nothing happened. But “complicated” doesn’t even begin to describe their
relationship when his ex-girlfriend transfers to their school, determined to
take Nash back.

See, Sabine isn’t just an ordinary girl. She’s a mara,
the living personification of a nightmare. She can read people’s fears—and craft
them into nightmares while her victims sleep. Feeding from human fear is how she
survives.

And Sabine isn’t above scaring Kaylee and the entire school to
death to get whatever—and whoever—she wants.

I DON'T THINK SO.

and here's the official trailer!




Previous books in the series:
my soul to take, rachel vincent, soul screamersmy soul to save, rachel vincent, soul screamersmy soul to keep, rachel vincent, soul screamers

Review: Long Time Coming by Sandra Brown

Long Time Coming by Sandra Brown.
Publication Date: May 7th 1997 (first published 1989)
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 0553562789 (ISBN13: 9780553562781)
Pages: 240
Source: Won from Goodreads.

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Summary:
In this classic tale, a woman is reunited with the man she has loved for years—and must reveal the secret that will jeopardize her chance for happiness at last. He arrived out of the blue—a flesh-and-blood phantom from the past in a sports car as sleek and sexy as Law Kincaid himself. The world-famous astronaut was as devastatingly attractive as the first time Marnie Hibbs had laid eyes on him, seventeen years before. But she well knew the perils of falling for a ladies’ man like Law. And this time she had someone besides herself to protect. Law is determined to discover who is sending him anonymous letters claiming he’d fathered a son he knows nothing about. Showing up at the Hibbs’s return address from the letters seemed like a step in the right direction. Marnie swears she isn’t the guilty party, but when Law meets her son, it’s like a one-two punch to his solar plexus. The boy is nearly the spitting image of Law. Law can’t remember sleeping with Marnie—then again, he can’t remember much about his crazy past. But there’s more to it than that: Marnie claims the boy isn’t biologically hers. As the tension between them becomes unbearable and the attraction undeniable, Marnie is forced to reveal a long-held secret...one that might cause her to lose both the boy she loves more than anyone—and the man she desires more than anything.

Review::
She's in love with her sister's ex, uh okay. and he also happens to be her sister's son's father, and it has a happy ending. I find that quite disturbing. Am I the only one? It's like a man marrying both sisters. Okay ew.

Also, Marnie's love for David is very touching. He's not even her own son! I got teary eyes when she thought she really was losing David. It kind of reminds me how much parents sacrifices for their children (like me)! :(

However, Marnie's love for Law, is ridiculous. How can she love her sister's ex lover/fling, who also happens to somehow ruined her life/family, for so many years?! Why didn't she move on? They didn't even stay in touch or whatever. and the love actually did not fade away?! Seriously..

Other than that, it's actually pretty nice and enjoyable. If you like romance novels, you'll probably like this then. I don't know, this is my first romance novel. I think romance or older romance is not my cup of tea. Pfft.

Conclusion:
Disturbing things aside, it's quite enjoyable and nice.

Cover Design:
It looks really, weird old. Well, considering it was published in 1997, first published in 1989 (I didn't even exist yet), it's okay, I guess.