Waiting To Score Thursday, Apr 30 2009 

waiting-to-scoreBook Title: Waiting To Score
Author: J.E. MacLeod
Number of Pages: 198
Publisher: WestSide Books; (February 26, 2009)

Quirky, smart, and good looking, Zack Chase is a book-loving, talented hockey player.But he doesn’t want to turn pro like his late dad, despite his mom’s hopes. New in town, Zack’s pitted against obnoxious Mac, the hockey team captain with something against Jane, the alluring Goth-girl who’s caught Zack’s eye. As incidents on the ice and off force Zack to decide what he really wants, he copes with sore losers, other people’s drinking problems, and the consequences of making out with too many girls. As Zack focuses even less on hockey, he discovers other ways he wants to score in life, especially as a 15-year-old guy with spiking hormones. He’s being chased by hot little Mona; his best friend Sheila has curves that make him sweat; and he’d like to show Jane that he’s not another typical hockey player. Soon Zack finds out the hard way that people have secrets and burdens all their own, and that some actions have tragic, far-reaching consequences.

I really love reading debut books for finding a new good book or just the thrill of not knowing what will happen. I haven’t read that many debut books this year, yet.

I am not that big of a fan of hockey. This book was interesting enough but not that capturing to me. It was nicely written, but I couldn’t find a wow-factor in it.. Hmm.. Hockey isn’t that much talked about; it’s just the basis of where all the relationships start and unwind. Zach was different from the other hockey players which was mentioned quite a few times in the book. The plot was unique and not too cliche at all, but still I wanted more of the last statement on the back of the book.. “…people have secrets and burdens all their own, and that some actions have tragic, far-reaching consequences…” which I did not get enough of. I think that if you want to read Waiting To Score, then go ahead.. It’s not too bad, but it’s not something memorable either though.


Listening To: Just the Girl by The Click Five
Mood: jello-eating time.

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Waiting on Wednesday-VIII Wednesday, Apr 29 2009 

Breathless by Lurlene McDaniel
Publish Date: May 2009

breathless

What is the toughest request anyone can be asked to fulfill?

Travis Morrison is a champion diver and one of the most popular kids at school. On the first day of summer vacation, while boating on the lake with his friends, Travis attempts a silly stunt dive that goes wrong. He fears he has broken his leg. Instead, his trip to the hospital reveals he has a rare form of cancer, and to save him, the doctors tell his parents they must amputate. In an instant, Travis’s life and the lives of everyone around him are forever changed.

Travis is determined that he and only he should decide the course of his life. He has a plan, but he can’t carry it out alone. Will he convince one of his friends to fulfill his most important request?

Lurlene McDaniel tackles a controversial subject, probing the issues of personal choice and quality of life.

My Thoughts: Pretty cool cover, but nevertheless I haven’t read a good tearjerker lately. And this one sounds marvelous!(: The story line sounds amazlingly delish to savour up.


Listening To: My Pretty Eyes by Rediscover
Thinking: I need to do WoW posts weekly.

Perfect You Monday, Apr 27 2009 

perfect-youBook Title: Perfect You
Author: Elizabeth Scott
Number of pages: 282
Publisher: Simon Pulse (March 25, 2008)

Kate Brown’s life has gone downhill fast.

Her father has quit his job to sell vitamins at the mall, and Kate is forced to work with him. Her best friend has become popular, and now she acts like Kate’s invisible.

And then there’s Will. Gorgeous, unattainable Will, whom Kate acts like she can’t stand even though she can’t stop thinking about him. When Will starts acting interested, Kate hates herself for wanting him when she’s sure she’s just his latest conquest.

Kate figures that the only way things will ever stop hurting so much is if she keeps to herself and stops caring about anyone or anything. What she doesn’t realize is that while life may not always be perfect, good things can happen – but only if she lets them….

I do have to say I love Elizabeth Scott’s writing skills. Her writing just captures you so easily that you cannot put down the book. I unquestionably want to read more of Mrs. Scott’s works. Scott really knows how to make a likeable male individual.

There is more than just a love story happening in this book. Kate is dealing with her family being torn apart because of her childish father’s dream. They are losing money and can’t manage much quickly as her father struggles to sell any vitamins at all. Kate has to learn to trust people and stop thinking that only bad things happen.

Kate’s issue with losing her best friend, Anna, really bothered me. At the beginning of the book, they aren’t friends anymore because over the summer Anna dropped her excess weight and joined the popular crowd in school. Anna just leaves Kate in the dust. I just wanted to tell Kate to get over it; I mean everyone experiences losing a best friend through high school. Anna also bothered me when she used Kate, and Kate just let her do it too. I thought that was slightly ridiculous. The best friend dump and working at her father’s Perfect You store has ruined Kate’s life, but then Will comes along and so does Grandma. I kept reading because of the Will moments and especially knowing how Kate dealt with all her complications. I really got a kick out of the ending. I cherished it actually. It was like the superb, sheer ending for Perfect You.


Listening To: You Guardian Angel by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Mood: needs to write reviews!

In My Mailbox – XIV Sunday, Apr 26 2009 

Here’s my weekly IMM post.. I got a repeat.

onelonelydegreeOne Lonely Degree by C.K. Kelly Martin
Publish Date: May 26, 2009

Finn has always felt out of place, but suddenly her world is unraveling. It started with The Party. And Adam Porter. And the night in September that changed everything. The only person who knows about that night is Audrey—Finn’s best friend, her witness to everything, and the one person Finn trusts implicitly. So when Finn’s childhood friend Jersy moves back to town—reckless, beautiful Jersy, all lips and eyes and hair so soft you’d want to dip your fingers into it if you weren’t careful—Finn gives her blessing for Audrey to date him. How could she possibly say no to Audrey? With Audrey gone for the summer, though, Finn finds herself spending more and more time with Jersy, and for the first time in her life, something feels right. But Finn can’t be the girl who does this to her best friend . . . can she?

Private Friday, Apr 24 2009 

privateBook Title: Private
Author: Kate Brian
Number of Pages: 227
Publisher: Simon Pulse (June 27, 2006)

Tradition, Honor, Excellence…and secrets so dark they’re almost invisible

Fifteen-year-old Reed Brennan wins a scholarship to Easton Academy — the golden ticket away from her pill-popping mother and run-of-the-mill suburban life. But when she arrives on the beautiful, tradition-steeped campus of Easton, everyone is just a bit more sophisticated, a bit more gorgeous, and a lot wealthier than she ever thought possible. Reed realizes that even though she has been accepted to Easton, Easton has not accepted her. She feels like she’s on the outside, looking in.

Until she meets the Billings Girls.

They are the most beautiful, intelligent, and intensely confident girls on campus. And they know it. They hold all the power in a world where power is fleeting but means everything. Reed vows to do whatever it takes to be accepted into their inner circle.

Reed uses every part of herself — the good, the bad, the beautiful — to get closer to the Billings Girls. She quickly discovers that inside their secret parties and mountains of attitude, hanging in their designer clothing-packed closets the Billings Girls have skeletons. And they’ll do anything to keep their secrets private.

I didn’t really have high expectations from Private. However, it did leave something with you that I just ended up liking it. Now I want to found out the mystery behind the Billings Girls. It’s a series that’s even at my library! Woo! (my library usually never has new books.. maybe they did get my loooong list of book suggestions.)

Okay, Reed to me sounded a little snobby at times when she had to choose between somethings. She deserves props though, she is one tough girl to do some of the things she does. It was kind of scary at times where you read the words really fast and then they didn’t make sense at all (has anyone ever done that before like me?) It made me feel the some of the specific emotions Reed goes through like I wanted to slap that one guy. Grr.. I think that is known as something.. but I can’t think of it right this very second.

Definitely going to read more books by Kate Brian.
Anyone been to a boarding school before? I am intrigued by the idea of it.


Listening To: Runaway by Cartel
Mood: uggh…

Prama Thursday, Apr 23 2009 

pramaBook Title: Prama
Author: Jamie Ponti
of pages: 194
Publisher: Simon Pulse (February 19, 2008)

HOOK UP. BREAK UP. THROW UP. P-DAY.

Molly (prom committee chair) is positive that something will ruin her night…and she has no idea how right she is.

Ben (last-minute date) tells himself he’s just along for the ride…but he’s got something very real at stake.

Allison (loyal best friend) plans to make a move on her crush…who’s there with his girlfriend.

Victoria (alpha girl) thought she had a lock on the prom queen crown…until gorgeous exchange student Karolina came on the scene.

Matt (star athlete) comes to claim his rightful place at the top of the social chain…but ends up surprising everyone, including himself.

Rachel (girl with no clique) is there to shake things up…but there’s more to her than meets the eye.

Hmm.. I don’t really know where to start with this book. Well, this is the first time I’ve heard of the word “prama.” Tons of drama revolved around all the characters. However, I didn’t find anything really truly special about this book. It was pretty good writing by how many different character’s opinions the book consisted of and all the characters seemed special and unique in their own way.

I do like Ponti’s writing. You really get to see how she writes amazingly in completely diverse points of views. I think that’s pretty awesome if you can do that. The beginning is pretty nifty telling who’s who. Ponti did a great job describing the chaos of the so-called greatest night of your high school life. I really liked the ending the best. Prama was a cute and good book to read.

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