June 30, 2011

Book Review: The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg

The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg
The Lonely Hearts Club
Author: Elizabeth Eulberg
Release Date: December 29th, 2009
Publisher: Point
Age: Young Adult
Love is all you need...or is it? Penny's about to find out in this wonderful debut. Penny is sick of boys and sick of dating. So she vows - no more. It's a personal choice...and, of course, soon everyone wants to know about it. And a few other girls are inspired. A movement is born; The Lonely Hearts Club (named after the band from Sgt. Pepper). Penny is suddenly known for her nondating ways...which is too bad, because there's this certain boy she can't help but like...
Penny is tired of boys, always cheating on her or treating her wrong, so she decides to created a club for the lonely people like her. Of course, she never thought so many girls would join her!

Penny was such a great protagonist. I admit it, while reading the first chapter I thought I wasn't going to like her, but she manages to became one of my favorites ya protagonists. She actually matures and grows up to be an amazing girl.

I couldn't believe some of the things that happened to her, as the principal's disrespect for her club and her or the people (like other girls) being mean to her. But in a way, it's very realistic. People is mean, and still exists people who don't accept girls have power (probably because they are scared). But I loved how Penny managed all of this with the help of her friends and parents.

Penny and her family are fans of The Beatles, and the club's name is based on one of their songs. Personally, I love some of The Beatles songs, so I actually enjoyed the references and lyrics on the book. Besides, it was really cool and original for the author to find the perfect song for each chapter.

Overall, I loved The Lonely Hearts Club. It's a quick, fun and light read, perfect for when you need a little bit of girl power!


More about this book at www.elizabetheulberg.comGoodreadsAmazon, The Book Depository.

The Time Will Come #4


The Time Will Come is a weekly meme hosted @ Books for Company, where you can spotlight those books that have been on your shelf for awhile and you really want to to read them.

The time will come for me to read....

How To Say Goodbye In Robot by Natalie Standiford

New to town, Bea is expecting her new best friend to be one of the girls she meets on the first day. But instead, the alphabet conspires to seat her next to Jonah, aka Ghost Boy, a quiet loner who hasn't made a new friend since third grade. Something about him, though, gets to Bea, and soon they form an unexpected friendship. It's not romance, exactly - but it's definitely love. Still, Bea can't quite dispel Jonah's gloom and doom - and as she finds out his family history, she understands why. Can Bea help Jonah? Or is he destined to vanish?
I already read one of her books (Confessions Of The Sullivan Sisters) and really liked. This one has excellent reviews, but they sad it's heartbreaking. I admit that is the reason why I haven't read it yet, I wanted to read something happy... But, I'm really curious about this book, and as I said, I like the author so I'm sure I'll read it.

Want to join in?
- Pick a book you have been meaning to read
- Do a post telling us about the book
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June 29, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday # 53 - Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My pick: Forever


Summary from Goodreads:
The thrilling conclusion to #1 bestselling Shiver trilogy from Maggie Stievater.
In Maggie Stiefvater's SHIVER, Grace and Sam found each other. In LINGER, they fought to be together. Now, in FOREVER, the stakes are even higher than before. Wolves are being hunted. Lives are being threatened. And love is harder and harder to hold on to as death comes closing in.
Maggie Stiefvater
July 12th, 2011.

I just love the covers of this series. And I really want to know how it will end.

June 28, 2011

Book Review: Only the Good Spy Young (Gallagher Girls #4) by Ally Carter

Title: Only the Good Spy Young
Author: Ally Carter
Series: Gallagher Girls #4
Release Date: June 29th, 2010
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Age: Young Adult
When Cammie Morgan enrolled at the Gallagher Academy, she knew she was preparing for the dangerous life of a spy. What she didn’t know was that the serious, real-life danger would start during her junior year of high school. But that’s exactly what happened two months ago when Cammie faced off against an ancient terrorist organization dead set on kidnapping her. Now the danger follows her everywhere, and even Cammie “The Chameleon” can’t hide. When a terrifying encounter in London reveals that one of her most-trusted allies is actually a rogue double-agent, Cammie no longer knows if she can trust her classmates, her teachers—or even her own heart.
In this fourth installment of the New York Times best-selling series, the Gallagher Girls must hack, spy, steal, and lie their way to the truth.as they go searching for answers, recognizing that the key to Cammie’s future may lie deep in the past.
The Gallagher Girls series is one of my favorites, so of course I was excited to read this one!

At Only the Good Spy Young, we already know Cammie is in danger. Her life is very controlled now, and things are changing not only at her school, but with her family and friends as well.

I loved this book. It was darker and serious than the previous, but it was perfect that way because Cammie is older and in a very dangerous position. I was very happy with her relationship with Zach, not only because they are very in love, but because finally Cammie learned about him, his finally and which side he is.

It's still a mystery for me why she's in danger, but I believe the next book will give me more information about that. I loved the spy missions, and the ending was really surprising and frustrating, and at the same time so exciting!

Overall, Only the Good Spy Young may be my favorite book from this series. As always, the author managed to surprise me and I can't wait for the next book!


More about this book at allycarter.com, Goodreads, Amazon, The Book Depository.

June 27, 2011

Book Review: Glimpse by Stacey Wallace Benefiel

Title: Glimpse
Author: Stacey Wallace Benefiel
Series: Zellie Wells #1
Published: May 9th 2010
Pages: 262
Age: Young Adult
Zellie Wells has a devastating crush on Avery Adams, the son of her mom’s high school sweetheart. At her sixteenth birthday party, held in the basement of her dad’s church, she finally finds the courage to talk to him. Turns out, the devastating crush is mutual.
As Avery takes her hand and leads her out onto the makeshift dance floor, Zellie is overwhelmed by her first vision of his death; shocking because not only are they both covered in his blood, but they’re old, like 35, and she is pregnant.
Afraid to tell anyone about the vision, (she’d just be labeled a freaky black magic witch, right?) Zellie keeps the knowledge of Avery’s future to herself and tries to act like any other teenager in love. When they get caught on their way to a secret rendezvous by her mom and his dad, they are forbidden to see each other.
Convinced that their parents are freaking out unnecessarily, Avery and Zellie vow to be together no matter what. They continue their relationship in secret until Zellie learns that their parents are just trying to prevent her and Avery from suffering like they did. The visions are hereditary, they’re dangerous, and if they stay together the visions will come true.
Now Zellie must choose between severing all ties with Avery, like her mom did to prevent his father’s death, and finding a way to change Avery’s future.
Most of the reviews I read from Glimpse said it was a great book, so when I won it, I was very excited to read it.

Zellie is a young girl who has visions. She's very in love with Avery, and when they finally get together she has a vision about them, an awful vision where she's pregnant and he's dead.

I thought Zellie was ok. She was the typical teenager and as many YA books, her romance with Avery was very rushed and unrealistic. One day she was too embarrassed to talk to him and next they are in love and will do anything for each other lives.

The rest of the characters, as Zellie's family weren't for me. Specially her mother and Avery's father, which I thought they were very unfair and immature. Really, I just didn't want to read about them.

The plot was interesting and that's the main reason why I read this book. I like characters with "powers" as Zellie, who can decide if they want to do something good with them, and it was refreshing to see that she actually made mistakes while tying to save everyone.

Overall, Glimpse wasn't a book for me. It was ok, but I think some of you may enjoy it more, specially the ones who likes paranormal.


More about this book at staceywb.webs.comGoodreads, Amazon.

June 26, 2011

Winners!

Winner of my 1st Blogoversary giveaway is...

Emma R!

Winner of the Midsummer's Eve giveaway hop is...


Congratulations to all the winners! You have been emailed :)

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a weekly bookish meme hosted @ The Story Siren

S and S:

FuryThe UnwantedsWitchlandersSometimes It Happens

Fury by Elizabeth Miles
The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann
Witchlanders by Lena Coakley
Sometimes It Happens by Lauren Barnholdt

Netgalley:

Ashes (Ashes (Hardcover - Trilogy))

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick

Bought:

HourglassThe Forest of Adventures (The Knight Trilogy)Blood Red Road (Dustlands)HereafterCoffeehouse AngelMiss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Hourglass by Myra McEntire
The Forest of Adventures by Katie M. John
Blood Red Road by Margaret K. McElderry
Hereafter by Tara Hudson
Coffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfors
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ramson Riggs

Stolen from my sister (just kidding):

El Cuaderno De Maya

El Cuaderno De Maya by Isabel Allende (I don't know if there is an English edition)

It was an excellent week for me. How about you, what did you get this week? :)
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