April 6th 2006
by Viking Juvenile
(first published October 1st 1996)
For fifteen-year-old Haven, life is changing too quickly. She’s nearly six feet tall, her father is getting remarried, and her sister—the always perfect Ashley—is planning a wedding of her own. Haven wishes things could just go back to the way they were. Then an old boyfriend of Ashley’s reenters the picture, and through him, Haven sees the past for what it really was, and comes to grips with the future.
First off, I have to say that I am not a huge fan of the chick-lit type books. I will say that this however was not what I exspected it to be. I am by no means converted by this book but I am now more open to reading more of Dessens books. I started with this particular novel because my middle daughter is named Hayvin and even though they are spelled differently it is very unusual to find someone even a fictional character named that. I of course love the name Hayvin and Ashley is the middle name of my oldest daughter so I felt that if I was going to read one of Dessens books and get my friend off my back then this one would have to be it.
The book was a fun short read that dealt with the very real life experiences. Haven is a very unique character with very strong feelings that she hides through most of the beginning of the book. Then, as with most of us she gets to her breaking point at which she takes it out on a costumer at the mall that she works at. I read that part in the book and I have to say that I could see myself doing the same thing. I won’t say what she did because I don’t want to give it away but I tell you I so would have done it and been like so what! I think there is so many moments for me like that in the book. I found myself saying things like shut up and then Haven would say it in the next paragraph. Ashley reminds me of people in my family with all the drama and hysterics and I can so relate to how Haven feels about her.
I feel Dessen has captured what its like after a split in the family happens. She gets how people try to figure out what went wrong and how to cope with the change or even who to place the blame on. I felt that this was going to be some silly love-sick type of book but I was gladly mistaken when I found that this book had real depth to it. I would recommend it to anyone who is look for more than just a silly love-sick type of book.
February 16th 2011
by IDW Publishing
Blood and sex mix on a hot rainy night at Merlotte’s, when Sookie and her friends are trapped by a vengeful spirit who feeds on shame. People die and dirty secrets are revealed as Sookie, Bill, Eric, Sam, Tara, Jason, and Lafayette and are all coerced to dig deep and tell painful memories from their past-those things we all have locked within us that we never tell another living soul! Bon Temps, Louisiana has never been stranger, or more twisted, in a story co-plotted by TRUE BLOOD series creator Alan Ball, with a script by David Tischman (Bite Club) and Mariah Huehner, and lush art by David Messina (Star Trek: Countdown).
I love the books and I like the television show a lot but the comic to me was a little out there. Well, it might not be for the tv show but definitely for the book series. What ever type of creature that was in this graphic novel should have been in a superhero comic at least that’s what it reminded me of. I just don’t feel that this type of creature would have been in the book series, but as for the tv show you can never tell what kind of crazy they will come up with.
I have to say that the graphic art was absolutely gorgeous. The art just popped right off the page. This graphic novels art is just as spectacular as the art done for Laurell K. Hamilton in her graphic novels series of Anita Blake. Although what make this novel special is the full color photos of the cast from the tv show through out the book.
I cant say this is one of my favorite but I was pleasantly surprised by the art works. I am looking forward to reading more because these are nice to read between books and the tv show.
April 1st 2011
by Graphic Universe
Bethany Farmer’s life is a boring high school routine, and she likes it that way. Soccer, coffee, homework, more coffee, and no goofy romance. That is, until foreign exchange student Allein Atwood shows up in her Midwestern town, and her life turns epically weird. Allein has unearthly good looks, princely politeness, and a bunch of goofy, romantic pick-up lines. But is his country really so foreign that they don’t know anything about soccer? Or coffee?
To her horror, Bethany is swept off her feet by Allein’s spellbinding ways–and then knocked flat by savage creatures set loose into suburbia to hunt Allein down. Suddenly Bethany’s normal town is twisted upside down, and nothing is what it seems. Can Bethany rescue her prince of a boyfriend and keep them both alive long enough to go on a second date?
I have to say that I am reviewing this book for Net Galley. I am a big fan of graphic novels as most of the people who know me or read my blog already know. I hardly ever find one that I don’t like but this one was not a favorite of mine. I really liked the last one because the are work was phenomenal, but this one lacked the artistic talent that the other one had. In my opinion graphic novels need to have awesome art in order to make the story come to life. Graphic novels lack the content that regular novels have so you need the art work to help bring the story to life. This graphic novel has a good story line but the artwork takes away from this story. The story line had potential and could have been so much better had the artwork been better. I have to agree with many of the other reviewers and say that this one just fell flat for me. I am just disappointed because this had such potential to be an awesome addition to this series because lets face it, the Fae are magical and the art should have been magical..
January 13th 2010
by HarperCollins Canada / Fiction
Jane Austen’s most popular novel has enthralled generations of readers, as proud Mr. Darcy meets his match in witty and prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet. But only now can the hidden story be told, of the two parallel loves that complicate this ideal romance: Darcy’s controlling affection for the gentleman-like Charles Bingley; and the sympathetic intimacy between Elizabeth and her more practical friend, Charlotte Lucas. Written in a comparable ‘bright and sparkling’ style, “Pride/Prejudice” ‘fills the gaps’ in Austen’s story, daring to imagine the full truth suggested by the original. What is Darcy’s real motivation for preventing Bingley’s marriage to Elizabeth’s beautiful and virtuous sister Jane? How can Darcy reconcile his desire for Elizabeth with his determination to save his friend from a similar entanglement? And what is the disturbing history behind Darcy’s tortured relationship with his foster brother, George Wickham? “Pride/Prejudice” brings to light all the buried secrets, weaving a tale of intertwined passions that must be resolved through honesty and forgiveness, the humbling of pride and freedom from prejudice.
I am a huge P&P addict so much so, that I will read just about any thing out there. I was a little shocked to find out that this one was not what I had originally thought it was about. Although once I started it I found it to be very intriguing. I have to say that I have nothing against this type of content. I am all for freedom of expression and art. To me love is love no matter the form as long as it is between two consenting adults. With that being said, I will say that I found this book to be a little out there.
To me the relationship between Wickham and Darcy was way off base, but Darcy and Bingley I could see some what. The fact that Jane would be so understanding to the relationship didn’t surprise me. Although Elisabeth’s reactions to me were out of character. Also, the reaction she has toward her daughter after the way her mother treated her was also out in left field. I didn’t love this book but I can’t say that I was able to put it down either. So I am kind of on the fence about this one.
I would recommend this book to any one who likes stories of same-sex couples and anyone who loves P&P and doesn’t mind this type of content. I found that as I was reading it I wasn’t focused on the sex aspect of the book but more of the complex minds of the characters.