Sunday, June 30, 2013

June Haul!

I went on vacation...and found books.

Dead Until Dark - Charlaine Harris

Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She's quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn't get out much. Not because she's not pretty. She is. It's just that, well, Sookie has this sort of "disability." She can read minds. And that doesn't make her too dateable. And then along comes Bill. He's tall, dark, handsome - and Sookie can't 'hear' a word he's thinking. He's exactly the kind of guy she's been waiting for all her life.

But Bill has a disability of his own: He's a vampire. Worse than that, hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, with a reputation for trouble - of the murderous kind.

And when one of Sookie's colleagues is killed, she begins to fear she'll be next...

Wicked - Gregory Maguire

In Baum's land of Oz, animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic violence. Green-skinned Elphaba, future Wicked Witch of the West, is smart, prickly and misunderstood; she challenges our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil. 
The Warrior Heir -

Before he knew about the Roses, 16-year-old Jack lived an unremarkable life in the small Ohio town of Trinity. Only the medicine he has to take daily and the thick scar above his heart set him apart from the other high schoolers. Then one day Jack skips his medicine. Suddenly, he is stronger, fiercer, and more confident than ever before. And it feels great - until he loses control of his own strength and nearly kills another player during soccer team tryouts.

Soon, Jack learns the startling truth about himself: he is Weirlind, part of an underground society of magical people who live among us. At their helm sits the feuding houses of the Red Rose and the White Rose, whose power is determined by playing The Game - a magical tournament in which each house sponsors a warrior to fight to the death. The winning house rules the Weir.

As if his bizarre heritage isn't enough, Jack finds out that he's not just another member of Weirlind - he's one of the last of the warriors - at a time when both houses are scouting for a player.

Let It Snow - John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle

Sparkling white snowdrifts, beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and multicolored lights glittering in the night through the falling snow. A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks. Thanks to three of today’s bestselling teen authors—John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle—the magic of the holidays shines on these hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and breathtaking kisses.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Kissing Doorknobs - Terry Spencer Hesser

Kissing DoorknobsDuring her preschool years, Tara Sullivan lived in terror that something bad would happen to her mother while they were apart. In grade school, she panicked during the practice fire drills. Practice for what?, Tara asked. For the upcoming disaster that was bound to happen?

Then, at the age of 11, it happened. Tara heard the phrase that changed her life:
Step on a crack, break your mother's back. Before Tara knew it, she was counting every crack in the sidewalk. Over time, Tara's "quirks" grew and developed: arranging her meals on plates, nonstop prayer rituals, until she developed a new ritual wherin she kissed her fingers and touched doorknobs....

I read this book for my AP Psych class and I absolutely loved it! I was so happy to find out that my final project for that class, instead of setting up an experiment, was to read a book! I LOVED this book! I loved the main character and the story and almost everything about this book was fantastic! I liked the way you saw her mental illness progress and that you could see that she couldn't help what she was doing and you got to experience her frustration at not being able to do "normal" activities. The only problem that I had with this book was the end of it. I felt that the ending was kind of rushed and that the last character that was introduced should have opened the story up to more options, not finished the story. Overall, I'd give this book 4/5 stars, only because of the odd ending.

If you've read this book, let me know what you think! I'm curious!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time - Mark Haddon

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.

This improbable story of Christopher's quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes for one of the most captivating, unusual, and widely heralded novels in recent years.

This was my last book project in my high school career, and I have to say that I didn't enjoy this book as much as I wanted to. Don't get me wrong, I thought this book was good, and it kept my interest in the beginning and the end, but there was that murky middle area that I didn't quite enjoy. I think that this book was definitely unique in it's perspective, and I loved the way that Christopher's quirks were explained and shown throughout the book. I don't really know what else to say about this book, except that the title of the book is extremely long, which is why I've been referring to it as "this book." This book is hard to explain, but it's about much, much more than a curious incident of a dog in the night time. If you like books with quirky characters, this book is definitely for you. 3/5 stars.
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