segunda-feira, 19 de novembro de 2012

Shut Out By Kody Keplinger



5 STARS!!


Most high school sports teams have rivalries with other schools. At Hamilton High, it's a civil war: the football team versus the soccer team. And for her part,Lissa is sick of it. Her quarterback boyfriend, Randy, is always ditching her to go pick a fight with the soccer team or to prank their locker room. And on three separate occasions Randy's car has been egged while he and Lissa were inside, making out. She is done competing with a bunch of sweaty boys for her own boyfriend's attention

Then Lissa decides to end the rivalry once and for all: She and the other players' girlfriends go on a hookup strike. The boys won't get any action from them until the football and soccer teams make peace. What they don't count on is a new sort of rivalry: an impossible girls-against-boys showdown that hinges on who will cave to their libidos first. But what Lissa never sees coming is her own sexual tension with the leader of the boys, Cash Sterling...

All i can say is that this book is delicious. We have wars, between boys and girls and between they're libidos.

Lissa has a boyfriend named Randy (the quarterback of the football team) and they are always being interrupted by some idiot of the opponent team, the soccer team. And it can't go on, she wants some alone time without being worried if the car she's on will be egged all over again... So she came up with the great idea to screw the boys, or not, by joining they're girlfriends in a fierce group and making them promise to go on strike, a sex, strike. Oh Boy they are in it for the kill as they will fight with they're weapons as well, and believe me boys can be deceiving and taunting but the girl are strong. So who will win the sex war?

The battle........ is on.

Our dear cover is amazing, the girl is beautiful and the look in her eyes is determined, which has everything to do with our Lissa, she's a great character, neither we could expect less from Kody as she always gives us the example of an awesome leading girl. She is an easy person that every girl can relate too, she's simple and leads with normal day to day problems. She has no female figure in her life, only her dad and brother who seem to like her current boyfriend quite too much, her dad faces a will-chair and her brother is suddenly dating a not so mystery girl. But do they know who Randy really is to they're baby girl?  No. Nobody knows.
Randy is a manipulative, deceiving guy who i would love to crush under my hand. By school standards he is the resident God and she should be very lucky to date him. I think he loves her but is too stupid to do something about it and that will eventually take a tool on they're relationship.
Then we have Cash who is everything you may want, but isn't it always like that? I mean, it always has to have the bad and the good boy. And Cash is the very good, very hot, very prohibited guy, after all he is the leader of the opponent team. Will that be a good or a bad thing? Only time will tell  i mean he already stood her up once which can only mean he is not interested....  well one thing they have in common they are both teases....

Continuing... All of the girls the "girlfriends" help make the story even more likable and just fun, they stop just tolerating each other to creating a bond and an awesome friendship in which they got each others backs. We also get and inside on the boys minds, they aren't as basic as we think they can actually think and formulate accurate plans to get to they're final reward. Just kidding. You can see that some of them due to this strike really thought trough the relationship they were in and considered something more serious  or if it was just not worthy.

The book is so fun and The girls rule. The story is light and easy to get into and is really and awesome read :D

segunda-feira, 12 de novembro de 2012

The Faerie Ring 1 by Kiki Hamilton

  ---4.5 stars---

Description:

The year is 1871, and Tiki has been making a home for herself and her family of orphans in a deserted hideaway adjoining Charing Cross Station in central London. Their only means of survival is by picking pockets. One December night, Tiki steals a ring, and sets off a chain of events that could lead to all-out war with the Fey. For the ring belongs to Queen Victoria, and it binds the rulers of England and the realm of Faerie to peace. With the ring missing, a rebel group of faeries hopes to break the treaty with dark magic and blood—Tiki’s blood.

Unbeknownst to Tiki, she is being watched — and protected — by Rieker, a fellow thief who suspects she is involved in the disappearance of the ring. Rieker has secrets of his own, and Tiki is not all that she appears to be. Her very existence haunts Prince Leopold, the Queen’s son, who is driven to know more about the mysterious mark that encircles her wrist.


This book brings us a brave and innocent girl that fights to protect the ones she loves most.
Tiki is a former lady turned thief, though not by her choice. After her parents died she went to her aunt but there was something about her uncle, something in the way he gazed at her that made her uncomfortable so she had to run and the only life that accepted her and her only choice were the streets, where she meet friends for life, her family...
But when she steels a ring that happens to hold truce between worlds and soon realizes that she's in the middle of something way bigger than her.  Oh boy. She better trust in her self, friends and sometimes even foes...

"But that was the whole problem—it took money to buy good health, to get the proper medicines to cure an ailment. And the ring was their only hope of getting enough money to afford a home of their own someday."

Tiki is such a wonderful example of strength, she cares for others sometimes more than for herself. She has a heart of gold and sometimes the description of this type of characters can be seen has cocky or  full of them self's,  but not Tiki, she is compassionate and though she has nothing for her it's more than enough. Not to mention she has hands as fast as thunder, she can pick any pocket and she is known for that, but the thing is, everyone thinks that the mysterious girl in indeed a boy. Did i mentioned that she is smart as well??

"Tiki laughed. “I’m quite sure there’s nothing about me that you’d find interesting,”"

And then comes Rieker another known thief, but there's more to him than his cool demeanor. He likes to get on Tiki's nerve, and it wouldn't be an alluring relationship if he didn't do it so. He's cocky but always likes to help orphans and people of the street without hoping for something in return and he also hides one of the biggest secrets of the book, so keep your eyes open for this lover boy...


“You’re in love with her, aren't you?”
 “I can see it in his eyes,” Leo said. Curiosity burned liked a flame in his gut. He turned to Rieker. “I can see it when you look at her, when you talk about her. But I feel compelled to stop you, Wills. There’s something amiss. How well do you know her background?”


Then We have: Toots; Fiona; Clara and Shamus... Her friends, the ones she shares everything she has... A Bunch of orphans who were abandoned by the society. Together they make an alliance. I just didn't want to live in they're street otherwise i would get mugged every single day. Yep, they are that good.... They are described as fragile and weak in appearance but when you get to know them you just take it that after all that they have been trough it's a miracle that they are still standing and smiling.

The story is fast paced at a steady rhythmic of events. There's literally everything you may want in this novel, starting with it being Historical fiction which sometimes is not well described , not in this case, i think if so it's what gives the book it's mood and appeal. The streets of London with all it's high's and low's. The Buckingham Palace with it's princes LEO and ARTHUR, but mostly LEO... All the flair of the dresses  the etiquette and all the jewels waiting to be mugged. There's Romance, Faeries and loads of secrets and mysteries. You will get enthralled by the intensity of the faeries tales and intrigues, and a special blonde girl that gets in my nerves...

Kiki Hamilton is indeed special with her way of writing and making us feel connected with the character she gifts us with . I loved each and every one of them...

Wonderful book to read and enjoy <3





















quarta-feira, 7 de novembro de 2012

A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

4.5 Stars...

Description:

Whitley Johnson's dream summer with her divorcé dad has turned into a nightmare. She's just met his new fiancée and her kids. The fiancée's son? Whitley's one-night stand from graduation night. Just freakin' great.

Worse, she totally doesn't fit in with her dad's perfect new country-club family. So Whitley acts out. She parties. Hard. So hard she doesn't even notice the good things right under her nose: a sweet little future stepsister who is just about the only person she's ever liked, a best friend (even though Whitley swears she doesn't "do" friends), and a smoking-hot guy who isn't her stepbrother...at least, not yet. It will take all three of them to help Whitley get through her anger and begin to put the pieces of her family together.
So the book starts off with This :  "Hangovers are a bitch."
You can already see that the main character is going to be a party girl. and it's indeed the true. Whitley is eighteen and going off to college but the summer before that she hopes she can enjoy it with her dad, though nothing turns out like what she wants. Dad has a new family, anyhow that's the way she sees it, a perfect white  fence House, she never though suited him, the perfect blond business new fiancee and two new kids to look after.
He's got all of this and didn't even bothered to call and tell her, not until she was stepping out of the car and being hugged by some blonde bimbo. So not her Thing...

"I gritted my teeth. Whose time did he really think he’d be wasting by calling me? Mine or his?"
The thing is the night before, her graduation, was pretty wild and she ended up going all the way with a guy so, how awkward it is when you see this same guy presenting himself has your stepbrother? So bad.
Well between  gaining a sister, a gay best friend, love and a new family she has to be able to stay sane but the only thing that keeps her calm is booze, tequila to be exact, so why does her dad doesn't seem to care? So suddenly her dad is not so perfect, after all he did cheat on her mom.

So let's start with our star... Whitley. She's somewhat difficult, she uses drinking to drawn her problems and she doesn't think nobody cares about her feelings.  She doesn't do friends or boyfriends and everyone thinks she is a slut but she isn't, she just party's a lot and sometimes with the wrong people and it's not like she will let what other people say about her get to her head. Will she? I mean she knows it's not true so it can't hurt...  But it does and she know it she lives it everyday. She is so rude during the first few chapters i wanted to knock some sense into her, make her realize that she she can talk things out. And when she ditches the perfect guy that actually wants more than one night stand i go like WHAT THE HELL....
She has everything anyone can want though she doesn't realize it.

"He turned to face me, his hand already on the doorknob. “I told you. I don’t want to be that kind of guy. I don’t just want sex, Whit. I want more. I want everything. I want you.”"

So in this enters Nathan Caulfield the good boy but not in a bad way. He is nerdy though he's a Jock, he is rude but only when it comes to protect the ones he loves, and he loves her though he know he will have to win the love back...  He's great, i love Bad Boys don't get me wrong but Nathan is somewhat an exception to my case, he is not boring or dull, for the contrary he has a lot of personality that gives him credibility and makes you embrace him.  He has had some problems in the past so he knows what Whitley's going trough. And he's willing to cure the girl that stole his heart. Even if it means getting his heart smashed in return..

Did anyone asked for the perfect gay friend? Because the book got it. Oh Harrison you complete me, only if you were not gay. Seriously if you don't like the story at least read it cause of Harrison.... <3

And between the mommy issues and Daddy issues you are going to find an everyday case that asides the problems you wish it could be true..

Kody Keplinger is only 19? Are you serious? She is so talented. This is a book i could read all over again, it inspired me in so many ways. Seeing that society is so rude if you are not in the perfect little bubble the want, if you are not the stereotype... Besides girls are mean and guys are gross .. Thanks to my friend Whitley i learned that lesson... 

"Screw nightmares. I was waking up."









segunda-feira, 5 de novembro de 2012

The Duff (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) by Kody Keplinger




 5 STARS....

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face. 

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.
Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.



You already, by the synopsis, can see how the novel is going to go down. But what you don't expect is to fall for every single personage in the story.

We have Bianca a leading feminist that strongly believes in not judging others (asides Wesley) and being the perfect friend. She doesn't drink and she doesn't screw everything that moves.

"Okay. I know, I know. I think PDA is gross and immature, but come on. I was a little too distracted to care who might be watching. So, yeah, I put my usual values aside for a second and wrapped my arms around his neck. I mean, I could always go back to my crusade against public make-outs in the morning."

She is surrounded by two friends that will make her life hell, in a good way, they are awesome Casey and Jessica are the two very hot friends. Casey is tall, blonde and beautiful and Jessica is the curvy bubbly blond one.

"Jessica hated negativity. Hated it so much, in fact, that she wouldn't even say she hated it. That would have been too negative."


 They are perfect in Bianca standards and in storm Wesley. He thinks that by pretending to be nice to Her "The Duff" He can get into one of her friends pants Oh he is so very wrong and due to that he will begin a journey of a love hate relationship with Bianca.

They both have troubles thought they don't want to show it off, Bianca is going trough her parents divorce and her dad drinking problems and Wesley, apparently perfect guy, is going ignored by his parents. They connect in a level that they do not expect. It all started as Bianca Using Wesley to forget a long lost Boyfriend back in town, will she be getting anew boyfriend soon?

Wesley doesn't do Girlfriends, he does one night stands and maybe an hot affair and that just about it.  and that's what is expected of him, what people don't realize is that he is a person and he has feelings. and he has that crooked grin.....

So you will see the dynamic these two will provoke together.

"Despite my best efforts, I smiled. He wasn't perfect, or even remotely close, for that matter, but, hey, neither was I. We were both pretty fucked up. Somehow, though, that made everything more exciting. Yeah, it was sick and twisted, but that’s reality, right? Escape is impossible, so why not embrace it?"

The book widens and discuss the need of the society to be perfect, to be thin and model looking. The Duff. But everyone is the duff at least once in they're life... and you have to see being the duff can also be a good thing...

"That was something we all had in common. We were all sluts or bitches or prudes or Duffs. I was the Duff. And that was a good thing. Because anyone who didn't feel like the Duff must not have friends. Every girl feels unattractive sometimes. Why had it taken me so long to figure that out? Why had I been stressing over that dumb word for so long when it was so simple? I should be proud to be the Duff. Proud to have great friends who, in their minds, were my Duffs."


The book is really insightful and great in a simplistic way. I didn't know who was Kody Keplinger but for now on i will keep in mind her name....














domingo, 4 de novembro de 2012

Clash (Crash 2) by Nicole Williams



4.3 stars...


The only easy thing about Jude and Lucy’s relationship is their love for one another. Everything else is hard.

Especially when it comes to reining in Jude’s trigger touch temper and Lucy’s increasing jealousy of Jude’s Spirit Sister on the cheer squad who’s attached herself to him in just about every way a girl could. Feeling the stress of trying to hang on to her quintessential bad boy while becoming the foremost dancer in her class, Lucy knows something’s going to break. She wants both. She needs both. But if she doesn’t make a choice, she risks losing everything.

For Lucy Larson and Jude Ryder, love might be the thing that just isn't enough.


So we have the next page in Lucy's and Jude's relationship and i will say it's rather rocky. Jude's still a mess with his overprotective ways and threats and Lucy still the same i-need-to-fix-him kind of gal.

And enter Adriana Vix the shewolf, The football players are entitled to a spirit sister and Adriana nailed Jude so she thinks that gives her the right to get him in bed.  she wants Jude but Lucy is not going to give him up that easily without picking a fight (literally). That makes Jude be kind of mad that Lucy doesn't trust him yet but in her shoes i would be like that as well.   Here comes on trust problem that makes them hit bottom.

The book was discussions from start to end and back. It's really confusing to say who is right and who is wrong saying that both of them did thing to each other they shouldn't. Jude has is past has a manwhore and doesn't like when a guy turns is sight on Lucy but that's unfair seeing that Whenever someone hits on Jude Lucy can never say something because that something it's a break of trust? It's unfair and that made me side with Lucy in the first chapters of the book.
But then it changed. Jude tried hard to get her back but all the time she was leaving him without so much and explanation or popping up in his life again just to say goodbye again. That made me say poor Jude.
I guess it's not fair for both. They both have problems but neither want to get to the bottom of it. but together they make the ultimate couple.

And then we have the end. It was so crazy but so good. The author tied the story in such a perfect way. It's a perfect ending for the imperfect couple.

I loved Crash but still wasn't enough, But Clash is over the top the best book of the series so far . It's fast paced and bring a whole new level of emotion to the characters. You have the boyfriend stealing girl (not to say something else), the cat fight, the hot football players, the ballerinas and the average relationship problems. It's awesome.

sábado, 3 de novembro de 2012

Crash (Crash 1) by Nicole williams



3.8 stars...

Southpointe High is the last place Lucy wanted to wind up her senior year of school. Right up until she stumbles into Jude Ryder, a guy whose name has become its own verb, and synonymous with trouble. He's got a rap sheet that runs longer than a senior thesis, has had his name sighed, shouted, and cursed by more women than Lucy dares to ask, and lives at the local boys home where disturbed seems to be the status quo for the residents. Lucy had a stable at best, quirky at worst, upbringing. She lives for wearing the satin down on her ballet shoes, has her sights set on Juilliard, and has been careful to keep trouble out of her life. Up until now. 

Jude's everything she needs to stay away from if she wants to separate her past from her future. Staying away, she's about to find out, is the only thing she's incapable of. 

For Lucy Larson and Jude Ryder, love's about to become the thing that tears them apart.

They already knew each other before they ended up in the same high school  He made her hair burn. Really. She was seen with him by the wrong people so they made a point  buy trying to burn her with gasoline. yup. From there on he doesn't call, talk or even show up to give her an explanation. Two weeks pass by and the new school starts.
So you see the tension when they see each other in school, where she is  labeled SLUT because they're story is already known by everybody. And so he threatens the school and with only a word Lucy becomes the new "it" girl.
The book exploits they're relationship and how a good old bad boy fall for the good girl She has her future planed out and he thinks he his a nobody. He is the guy everyone is afraid of, the guy you cross the street for and the guy who has a future in prison already planned. She wants to change that.
Jude is awesome, is character is just described perfectly and his flaws make him more likable. If that's possible. He is HOT. Let's just say that. But he has a troubled pass, one that he cannot ignore.  And with the book you will see in the end, when the big secret blows up, why he is like that.
Lucy. She wants to go to Julliard. She annoys me but i like her. Lucy is a "I-don't-care-what-you-think-  
kind of gal so she is cool with the rumors. Thought she is going to mess up a lot during the book, and going to choose the wrong guy for several times i think her progress is very believable and unique. She's a ballerina, the perfect little future on the way. And she will let nobody get in the way. Not Diamond for starters.
Oh Diamond I hate him so bad. Such bad "in a good way" character that you will feel like punching all the time. too perfect. To tidy up and too annoying.
So the overall book. i give 3.8 stars.
It's a pretty little story  but nothing more. The thing that really is good  is the way the characters are built and developed in the story. It has very intricate personalities.