Archive | September 2012

Pride & Popularity (The Jane Austen Diaries #1) by Jenni James

Pride & Popularity (The Jane Austen Diaries, #1)

Paperback
240 pages
Published July 13th 2011
by Inkberry Press/Brigham Distributing
(first published May 7th 2011)

If you are hoping to find a YA book full of paranormal beasts, sex, or teens who act much more like under-aged adults, I suggest you save your money and do not buy this book. In fact don’t buy any of The Jane Austen Diaries.  However, if you are looking for a clean, lighthearted, sweet romance, where teens are good and happy and normal–like all of the teens I know (including my own!) then read on.  You’ve come to the right place. 🙂 –Jenni

Chloe Elizabeth Hart despises the conceited antics of the popular crowd, or more importantly, one very annoying self-possessed guy, Taylor Anderson, who seems determined to make her the president of his fan club! As if! Every girl in the whole city of Farmington, New Mexico, is in love with him, but he seems to be only interested in Chloe.

This modern high school adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice” is a battle of wits as Chloe desperately tries to remain the only girl who can avoid the inevitable—falling for Taylor.

This Book Contains: Wholesome good-hearted fun!!!!!

My Thought:

I loved it!  I know many of the die-hard Pride and Prejudice purest will find fault with this book but not me.  It is not the Darcy and Elizabeth story.  It is the Chloe and Taylor story with nods to Pride and Prejudice.  As a true retelling it is way off but as a based off of P&P it does a fantastic job!   For those of you looking for an accurate retelling you need to go elsewhere.   But, if you just love to read anything related to Pride and Prejudice, than you are in for a treat.   This book is full of wholesome goodness.  It is a very appropriate read for any age.   Also, I think this is a good book to introduce to younger girls who havent read P&P to start getting them ready to read her works.

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Eighth Grade Bites (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, #1)by Heather Brewer

Eighth Grade Bites (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, #1)

Hardback
172 pages
Published August 16th 2007
by Dutton Children’s Books
Junior high really sucks for thirteen-year-old Vladimir Tod. Bullies harass him, the principal is dogging him, and the girl he likes prefers his best friend. Oh, and Vlad has a secret: his mother was human, but his father was a vampire. With no idea of the extent of his powers, Vlad struggles daily with his blood cravings and his enlarged fangs. When a substitute teacher begins to question him a little too closely, Vlad worries that his cover is about to be blown. But then he faces a much bigger problem: he’s being hunted by a vampire killer.

This Book Contains: Death, Violence, Bullying, Preteen Drama, and Vampires.

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this book a lot.  I was so surprised by the fact that I liked this book, because I just do not really care for books with a young male protagonist.   I do however love books about vampires and I know a lot of people are thinking how original of me.  All I have to say on that matter is that I have loved books and movies about vampires for forever.   I even liked the old black and white films about them.  Which brings me to why I enjoyed this books so much.  I could almost picture this story as an old black and white film in my head.   I know it is a modern setting but all I could do was picture this young washed out Adams family type of kid with that type of tv show setting to it.   Not sure why but that is the image that kept popping in to my head.

The book was just a very fun read for me even though I know there were some death and violence in this book.   I know that should have put a different spin on the book but it didn’t.  This possible  may mean that there is something off with me but this book just had that Halloween, stay up late, eat candy and watch cheesy movie feel.  I don’t want to give the impression that this book is in any way cheesy but it just has that feel to it.   I think it is a great book for younger readers who are reluctant to read.  I think young boys could really get into this story and for those who are older it is just pure fun!

Lies Beneath (Lies Beneath #1) by Anne Greenwood Brown

Lies Beneath (Lies Beneath #1)

Hardcover
303 pages
Published June 12th 2012
by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
The lore of mermaids and mermen is real! As Gretchen McNeil, author of Possess, says, “Riveting! A cold-blooded tale of secrets, revenge, and forbidden love that will leave you terrified to go in the water.”

Calder White lives in the cold, clear waters of Lake Superior, the only brother in a family of murderous mermaids. To survive, Calder and his sisters prey on humans and absorb their positive energy. Usually, they select their victims at random, but this time around, the underwater clan chooses its target for a reason: revenge. They want to kill Jason Hancock, the man they blame for their mother’s death.

It’s going to take a concerted effort to lure the aquaphobic Hancock onto the water. Calder’s job is to gain Hancock’s trust by getting close to his family. Relying on his irresistible good looks and charm, Calder sets out to seduce Hancock’s daughter Lily. Easy enough, but Calder screws everything up by falling in love–just as Lily starts to suspect there’s more to the monster-in-the-lake legends than she ever imagined, and just as the mermaids threaten to take matters into their own hands, forcing Calder to choose between them and the girl he loves.

One thing’s for sure: whatever Calder decides, the outcome won’t be pretty.

This Book Contain: Violence, Death, Lies, Deceit, Illness and Romance

My Thoughts:

I have never been a big fan of mermaids.  I have never found the idea of being half-fish appealing.  Now on the other hand my two daughters totally love mermaids of all kinds.  Such as; the Disney version all the way down to the man-eating sirens kind.  With that being said I have recently found myself intrigued by them,  mostly due to my eldest daughters persistent nagging to read more books about them.   I have to say that I still don’t think that being half-fish would make my short list of mythical favorite creatures that I would want to be someday but, reading about them is becoming kind of addicting.

I bought this book because of my daughter and thought that I would get to it eventually.  Then while at my library I found it on audio and figured that it would be a good time to pick it up.  I needed something to listen to while commuting the kids around in the morning.   I just want to let everyone know that this book had even my son telling me not to listen to it without him.   This book is just a very well written and the voice for the audio is very compelling.   We found that we didn’t want to shut the book off in the morning which almost made us late a couple of times.

This book has a little of almost everything.  It has family secrets which if you pay close attention you can kind of see coming.    Also, there is a romance that isn’t love at first sight.  The romance is more of an attraction that forms a stronger bond over time which, I know a lot of readers like that type of story line better.   There is almost a underline sadness to this book because these mermaids feel that they have no other choice but to kill Hancock in order to make good on a promise that was broken.  I felt very sorry for the sisters in this book.  They each have some sort of conscience that seems to be trying to fight their natures but, it’s almost as if they can’t figure out how to change.  There is so much bitterness in the oldest sister, it’s as if she thinks by killing this one man that she will finally be free.  I could just feel so much empathy for her because she will never be happy.

I am glad that I gave this book a chance and I am looking forward to reading the next book.   Also, after reading this I now have several more mermaid books that I want to move up on my list.