Sunday, October 31, 2010

All Unquiet Things


Book: All Unquiet Things 
Author: Anna Jarzab


Carly: She was sweet. Smart. Self-destructive. She knew the secrets of Brighton Day School’s most privileged students. Secrets that got her killed.

Neily: Dumped by Carly for a notorious bad boy, Neily didn’t answer the phone call she made before she died. If he had, maybe he could have helped her. Now he can’t get the image of her lifeless body out of his mind.

Audrey: She’s the reason Carly got tangled up with Brighton’s fast crowd in the first place, and now she regrets it—especially since she’s convinced the police have put the wrong person in jail. Audrey thinks the murderer is someone at Brighton, and she wants Neily to help her find out who it is.

As reluctant allies Neily and Audrey dig into their shared past with Carly, her involvement with Brighton’s dark goings-on comes to light. But figuring out how Carly and her killer fit into the twisted drama will force Audrey and Neily to face hard truths about themselves and the girl they couldn’t save.

My Review:

I knew this book was going to be amazing before I even read it. I am not sure if it was because of the beautiful cover, the intriguing description on the back, or the great praise I have read about it—but after setting this book down I was glad to know I was right (for a change). This book is so hard to explain, because it was so different and unique. I have never read a book like this before, but I loved it! The story of Carly, Neily, and Audrey is told in such a way that it lets you take a glimpse into each characters background and current emotions to really contribute to the story.

This story is so thrilling, at times it gave me goose bumps and literally had me hungrily turning each page to read more. I am kind of nervous to really dip into the story without giving to much away. Before I say anything know this; I am always someone who knows what will happen at the end of a book, or what the big “twist” is in a movie. I am not sure why, but whenever I guess I usually am right. This book really had me guessing. Each time I thought I knew something (and was 100% certain) I would read something else and change my guess; and let me just say this—all my guesses were wrong. My mouth literally dropped when I finished this book. BUT it also made me so happy that I finally did not spoil a book for myself. It was just so good!

All in all, I absolutely loved this book. I loved it’s uniqueness and thrilling story. To be honest, I think anyone would think this book was as awesome as I did. I would recommend it to anyone!

Rating: 5 stars

Monday, October 18, 2010

I Heart You, You Haunt Me

Book: I Heat You, You Haunt Me
Author: Lisa Schroeder

Girl meets boy.
Girl loses boy.
Girl gets boy back...
...sort of.

Ava can't see him or touch him, unless she's dreaming. She can't hear his voice, except for the faint whispers in her mind. Most would think she's crazy, but she knows he's here.
Jackson. The boy Ava thought she'd spend the rest of her life with. He's back from the dead, as proof that love truly knows no bounds.

My Review:
WOW. How can I describe this book? The phrase "hauntingly beautiful" comes to mind. It is just so gorgeous, and poetic, and has such raw emotion.
While I will admit at first I was nervous about reading it, because I had never read a novel in verse before, I ended up absolutely loving this book! The story of Ava and Jackson's love is timeless in its originality and the verse format really drew me into the story. This book made me become Ava, I felt the same emotions as Ava, I felt the same was a strange experience..but in a good way. The thing I loved the most about this book though, is that the writing tells a certain emotion but makes the reader feel a different emotion.
For example the fact that Jackson is a ghost, Ava is so happy her love is back, and the reader is so happy her love is back, but at the same time it tells it in a way that the reader is a little creeped out (at least I was!)The writing in this novel is superb beyond words. There are many parts of this novel describing the presence of Jackson, the cold air and his breath on her skin, it just gave me the chills and goose bumps. I just want to write down every quote from this book that I loved, but it would basically be the whole book. Every single sentence, every line, every word, was just so beautiful--I wish I could find another way to describe it.
This book was just so haunting and so emotional when I stepped into Ava's world for those couple hours of my life. I just loved this book, I want to read it over and over again. This book is fairly a quick read and I would recommend it book to anyone. I could not think of a reason to not enjoy this book. (:
Rating: 5 stars

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Daily Dose (1)


Daily Dose is a meme created by Good Golly Miss Holly, where you post aspiring images every Monday. Hope you enjoy! (:









So….I signed up for Nanowrimo this year (for the very FIRST time ever) and I am sooo excited & a little bit nervous. (cue the butterflies)

In case, you don’t know what Nanowrimo is (this is the description from the Nanowrimo website) :

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.

If your interested read more about it here.

Anyways, it is starting in 16 days…eeeh! I am so nervous haha. I first discovered Nanowrimo last year but it was halfway through November so it was to late to sign up & I vowed I would this year…so we will see how it goes. I am thinking about adding this to my blog for the month of November because: 1) it will be a place where I can write about my progress and possibly vent haha & 2) I most likely won’t be reading many books because I will have writing on top of school work and school activities (ugh senior year is soo hard!) so I don’t want my blog to go MIA for a whole month.

So that is all the news for today, are you going to be doing Nanowrimo this year or know anyone who has or is going to?

Happy reading! –Jenny (:

Saturday, October 16, 2010

In My Mailbox (1)

In my mailbox is a meme created by The Story Siren. It is a list of books you bought, won, received, etc. over the past week.

I Heart You, You Haunt Me
by Lisa Schroeder

All Unquiet Things
by Anna Jarzab

Someone Like You
by Sarah Dessen

All books from the library (:

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Life of Glass by Jillian Cantor


Book: The Life of Glass
Author: Jillian Cantor

Before he died, Melissa’s father told her about stars. He told her that the brightest stars weren’t always the most beautiful—that if people took the time to look at the smaller stars, if they looked with a telescope at the true essence of the star, they would find real beauty. But even though Melissa knows that beauty isn’t only skin deep, the people around her don’t seem to feel that way. There’s her gorgeous sister Ashley who will barely acknowledge Melissa at school, there's her best friend Ryan, who may be falling in love with the sophisticated Courtney, and there’s Melissa’s mother who’s dating someone new, someone who Melissa knows will never be able to replace her father.

To make sure she doesn’t lose her father completely, Melissa spends her time trying to piece together the last of his secrets and completing a journal her father began—one about love and relationships and the remarkable ways people find one another. But when tragedy strikes, Melissa has to start living and loving in the present, as she realizes that being beautiful on the outside doesn't mean you can't be beautiful on the inside.

My Review:
I have wanted to read this book for a while and was so excited when I saw it at my library. It was definitely not what I expected; I thought it was going to be really sad (because of Melissa's father’s death) but it was more focused on moving on, with a little romance thrown in from time to time. I loved the little facts that were throughout the book from Melissa's deceased father, they really added substance to this book and I could really relate to Melissa. Her best friend Ryan was so adorable--I love him! Although, her relationship with her sister annoyed me (her sister was just so ugh! invigorating at times--but it made me laugh because it was kind of like my own relationship with my sister & even though Melissa and her sister fought they still loved each other; their relationship was very different and unique and I liked it. From start to finish this book had me so engrossed-wanting to know what happened next. Needless to say, I finished it in one day. Overall, this book just really made me happy and had my mind in a fresh perspective when I read it. I would suggest it to anyone.

Rating: 5 Stars

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

this lullaby
Book: This Lullaby
Author: Sarah Dessen

When it comes to relationships, Remy doesn't mess around. After all, she's learned all there is to know from her mother, who's currently working on husband number five. But there's something about Dexter that seems to defy all of Remy's rules. He certainly doesn't seem like Mr. Right. For some reason, however, Remy just can't seem to shake him. Could it be that Remy's starting to understand what those love songs are all about?

My Review:
This was probably my 5th time reading this book- it is definitely one of my top favorite novels. Every time I tell myself, “You know, Jenny your getting older, you probably won’t like this book as much as you did before…” but each time this book is better and better. Sarah Dessen is my all time favorite author, and it is not only because of her amazing writing style, but because her book (The Truth About Forever) was the first book I remember reading as a teen that I loved—which started my lifelong passion for reading.
This Lullaby is one of my top favorites by Sarah Dessen. It is about Remy Starr, who after seeing her mother go through divorce after divorce, does not really believe in love. This is also due to her father, a famous one hit wonder musician, who was not involved in her life. He is the man behind the famous song “This Lullaby”, which he wrote about Remy in a motel room after he found out she was born. Remy is about to go to college at Stanford and wants to have a carefree summer with her friends. All of this changes when she meets Dexter, a boy who is completely against her organized manner and standards. He is a musician, who is kind of a dork (though I adore that about him) and for some reason or another their paths keep crossing. He is 100% different than any of the previous guys she has dated and she is certain that she hates this guy, who annoys her more than anything. However, with a long summer ahead and endless possibilities, Remy might finally let her guard down. 

This is the most comical novel by Sarah Dessen, in my opinion. I always read this book to get such a laugh at how much of a dork Dexter is and I always fall in love with him again and again. This book is full of laughs, heartbreak, romance, friendship, and love. Overall, Sarah Dessen never disappoints—as this book shows.

Rating: 5 Stars

Monday, October 11, 2010

Summer of Sarah Dessen!

So today, was one of those random days where I was sitting around and for some reason decided to start a blog. A book blog to be exact, and I am so excited. I have been following book blogs forever and I decided….”hey I like books! I like reviewing books! I like writing! I can make a book blog myself too!” So we will see how this turns out. Anyways, speaking of reading, I am currently reading This Lullaby by (the wonderful) Sarah Dessen (a.k.a my favorite author) as apart of my “Summer of Sarah Dessen” project, where I went through my bookshelf and re-read all of my Sarah Dessen books; and fell in love with them all over again. Right now I am back in school, so I obviously went a little behind the deadline of ‘summer’ but I decided to stick with it.
So far I have read:
Along For the Ride
Keeping the Moon
Just Listen
Being back in school (while taking photography and a creative writing class) has been very stressful and taking up a lot of my time so I have been kind of slacking on reading. But after this first quarter I am going to start reading as much as I used to (with the inspiration and dedication to now writing a blog; helping me out along the way). So hopefully  I will be finishing my re-reading of This Lullaby and will be posting my review soon!