Saturday, June 30, 2012

Review for Keeping The Moon by Sarah Dessen

Keeping the MoonKeeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Keeping The Moon was short, sweet and like all other Dessen books, had that "wise" message in the end.

This book was just so normal and plain and..normal. Yet for some reason once I started reading it, I couldn't stop. See, that's always the case when I read any Sarah Dessen books. They're like music which makes you wanna just leave everything else and get into the flow. The messages that's always there in her books are so wonderful and we can always expect to learn something important while reading her books.

Anyway, coming back to this book, I really liked the way Colie slowly changed from a shy, always hiding and cowering sort of a girl to a confident, beautiful and sure person. The insecurities she had is actually pretty common for us teenagers. I felt like I could really understand her.

Personally, my favourite character in this book was Isabel. She might come off as snarky in the beginning but in the end, I don't think anyone could help but love her.
She was the one who took the initiative of transforming Colie and supporting her in her own ways. Isabel made me believe that if other people make you feel inferior, its not because they want you to become the target. It's you who's letting them do that to you.

The saying, "Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent" has been nicely put up in this story and, and I abso-abso-absolutely loved eet!! :D

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Review for Two-Way Street

Two-Way StreetTwo-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Two-Way Street was a fast-paced, interesting read. There were many parts which I figured out before they were actually supposed to be figured out. So yeah, some of the surprise element was already gone by the time I reached the second-half of the book.

However, I absolutely loved the way Lauren Barnholdt executed this story. It was fun, light and most importantly, quick. Its so irritating when you have to skip pages again and again in a book when the story isn't going anywhere. Thankfully, it didn't happen in this one. I don't think I even thought of skipping even a single para, and that's saying a lot since I'm an expert on skipping words/paras/pages. You name it.

Courtney and Jordan were a pretty cute couple and I guess, near-perfect for each other. I really liked Jordan and even though it was hard not to roll my eyes for his reason for breaking up with Courtney and hiding "the secret" from her, I still couldn't help but love him for his constant devotion for Courtney. Ok, that might also be because of the fact that I'm a sucker for protective, sweet, caring guys :p

As for Courtney, honestly, I found her a little dumb. I mean, wearing skimpy clothes just to make your ex jealous and then blaming him for something he didn't even do, was annoying. I just couldn't get her for some reason. It was like she had a mild case of multiple personality disorder. Seriously. But that doesn't mean I absolutely disliked her. She was sweet and nice and sometimes even showed some traits of a strong personality.

Even though the stories are totally different, I still kept relating Courtney and Jordan with this movie-->

As a whole, the story can be read atleast once :)

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Review for The It Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar

The It Girl (It Girl, #1)The It Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The It Girl starts with Jenny Humphrey (yes, the same one from Gossip Girl) being expelled from her old school, Constance Billard and enrolling in the posh boarding school, Waverly Academy. Jenny is determined to leave her crazy, wild past behind and become a sophisticated, "new Jenny". On reaching there, to her delight, her new room-mates, Callie and Brett are the most popular girls in school.
Callie is a manipulative, smart girl who knows how to get her way with people without ever getting in trouble whereas Brett is the quiet, strong and careful one who knows exactly what she wants.

And thus begins the journey of these three girls, with a lot of cattiness, manipulations, rumours and fun.
In the beginning, I was a little confused since everywhere it was written that Cecily von Ziegesar was the "creator" of this book, but then I got to know that the concept was actually written by some ghostwriter and given to her.

Even though I wasn't that interested in Gossip Girl when I first started reading it, I was pleasantly surprised with this one. The writing style and storyline were somewhat same so I couldn't help but compare both these books. However, Jenny, Brett and Callie kept me entertained throughout the story and where Gossip Girl was good, The It Girl was superb!

I loved the chemistry between Easy and Jenny and how confident Jenny seemed throughout the book. Even in the most embarrassing situations where anybody would want to cower and hide under a table, she held her own and eventually won the ticket inside the "It" group. Her boldness was admirable and will to become the It Girl, fascinating.

Callie, on the other hand, was a totally different character. She was clever and used to everybody listening to her. It was, many a times annoying to see how manipulative and bitchy she could get with her own boyfriend and friends. Sometimes it seemed she cared only about herself. Basically, she was the smaller version of Blair from GG.

I liked Brett, but again the way she treated her boyfriend after she got a crush on the new teacher, Eric Dalton, was sad. She was intelligent and I SO didn't expect how insensitively she broke up with Jonathan. But I get it that she was herself very confused and messed up to do the right thing. The way she supported and helped Jenny was nice.

Overall, the story was good and I think I'll continue the series. Maybe.

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Review for Frostbite by Richelle Mead

Frostbite (Vampire Academy, #2)Frostbite by Richelle Mead
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

WOW! Never expected Frostbite was gonna be THAT good...I didn't find Vampire Academy that interesting but this one just..blew me away! I could actually imagine myself there in Rose's world and watching it all happen in front of my eyes. In the first book, I had totally disliked Lissa for being so weak-even after knowing it was probably not her fault but still, somehow I happen to have low patience for whiny characters-but this time she was a hundred times better. Now, I can finally see why my friend had been going on and on and on about how GREAT Vampire Academy is!


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Review for The Fine Art Of Truth And Dare by Melissa Jensen

The Fine Art of Truth or DareThe Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I think when you expect a lot from something and then when it doesn't quite reach your expectations, the worth of that something lessens much much more than it would have been if you had no expectations before. That's what happened with this book.

The story seemed intriguing and so I gave it a try but unfortunately there was nothing new in this one. No surprising elements, no hilarious dialogues and no real mystery as to what was gonna happen. The reason I've given this one 3 stars is because even though it was the same old, same old, I really, really liked the characters. All of them. I could totally understand Ella and her reasons for being such an introvert and shy and I loved her friends for being so supportive and truthful all the time. I don't know why but sometimes Alex seemed a little shallow...but nice. Overall the story was really sweet and I guess OK for a one time read.

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Review for Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Finally, after a LOT of convincing from a friend of mine I "tried" to read this book again and wasn't surprised when even this time I wasn't that interested. Sure, Rose's character was pretty awesome and funny but the story itself was non-happening. However, things started to pick up in the second half of the book. The way things turn out with Victor all of a sudden was rather surprising and I like it when something totally unexpected happens in a story. The only characters that seemed likable to me were Rose, Mason and Christian. All in all I guess it turned out just fine. :)

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Review for Shadow Kiss

Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, #3)Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Shadow Kiss is the only book in the Vampire Academy series that managed keep me interested throughout the story. There were so many new things getting added up that it was hard not to be intrigued. Even though the beginning was slightly boring, the story as a whole was oh-so-awesome. All the action scenes were absolutely perfect and damn exciting. Rose was amazing and even though many a times she seemed a bit weak, in the end she was as kick-ass as ever. Her strategies during the war against Strigoi , intelligence and not being over emotional during several instances was inspiring and good to read.

The end was really, really cool and surprising. Well, it would've been if I didn't know that part already but still there was just so much going on in the second-half of the book and so much anticipation as to what was gonna happen next that it was really hard to do anything else except continuing reading the book.

The love-triangle between Rose-Adrian-Dimitri was also just as exciting and Rose's chemistry with Dimitri was intensified in this book. Even though I've always preferred Adrian over Dimitri, it was hard not to like him and his boldness and maturity during the story. Sometimes he seemed so different from Rose and other times they seemed like exact copies of each other. It was confusing and endearing at the same time.

The way Shadow Kiss was executed was totally mind-blowing and wonderful. The best part of the book was the second-half and if it hadn't been for the amazing action scenes, I guess I would've given this one 3 or 3 and a half stars.

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