Eyes like Stars

28 August 2009


Title: Eyes Like Stars
Author: Lisa Mantchev
Summary: Book Flap
Reveiw: Kirthi
Stars: 2.5

All her world's a stage

Beatrice Shakespeare Smith is not an actress, yet she lives in a theater.
She's not an orphan, but she has no parents.
She knows every part, but she has no lines of her own.
Until now.

Enter Stage Right
Nate: Dashing Pirate. Will do anything to protect Bertie (as she's knwon at the theater)
Cobweb, Moth, Musterdseed, and Peaseblossom: Four tiny and incredibly annoying faieries, Bertie's sidekicks.
Ariel: Seductive air spirit and Bertie's weakness. The symbol of impending doom.
Bertie: Our heroine

Welcome to the theater Illuminata, where the characters of every play ever written can be found behind the curtain. They were born to play their parts, and are bound to the Theatre by The Book-- an ancient and magical tome of scripts. Bertie is not one of tem, but they are her family...and she is about to lose them all and the only home she has ever known.
Lisa Mantehev has written a debut novel that is dramatic, romantic, and witty, with an irrestiable and irreverent cast of chracters who are sure to enchant the audience.

My Thoughts:
This story was a little confusing at the beginning, and was hard to understand. I thought that Bertie ended up with the wrong guy, and abandened the right guy, which ruined my "Happily Ever After" I had in plan for this book. The characters were amazing, the suspense was thrilling, and the plot was...interesting. Not as good as I hoped it would have been.

The Summoning


Title: The Summoning
Author: Kelley Armostrong
Summory: Book Flap
Reveiw by: Kirthi
Stars: 3.5

My name is Chloe Sanders and my life will never be the same again.
All I wanted was to make friends, meet boys, and keep on being ordinary. I don't even know what that means anymore. It all started on the day I saw my first ghost--and the ghost saw me.
Now there are ghosts everywhere and they won't leave me alone. To top it all off, I somehow got myself locked up in Lyle House, a "special home" for troubled teens. Yet the home isn't waht it seems. Don't tell anyone, but I think there might be more to my housemates than meets the eye. The question is, whose side are they on? It's up to me to figure out the dangerous secrets behind the Lyle House...before the skeletons come back to haunt me.

My thoughts:
The cover was what got me reading this book, its dark and intrguiging. When I first picked it up, I thought it was going to be vampires, but turned out to be completly different. Armstrong spun a crazy scary, crooked, twisted story that gave me nightmares (probably because of the fact that I was home alone at 10:00 pm on a Saturday night with it raining outside). The characters are real, reasonable, and charming. I loved them all, yet as I said, some parts were realllllly scary. But this is coming from a girl who's afraid to watch the cheesiest horror movie and refuses to watch Rated R even though she can. Thus the 3.5 stars.
But for those of you who loved haunting scary stories, this is the perfect book!

Song of the Sparrow


Title: Song of the Sparrow
Author: Lisa Ann Sandell
Reveiw by Kirthi
Summary by the Book Flap
Stars: 5+

Since the days of King Arthur here have been paintings and poems created in her name. She is Elaine of Ascolat- the Lady of Shalott. And now, there is a new story, a new vision, of this mysterious and captivating girl...
Beautiful sixteen-year-old Elaine has a temperament as fiery as her long red hair. The daughter of a soldier in young Arthur's army, Elaine is the sole girl in a militaristic world of men. Often slipping into daydreams, she wishes that the handsome Lancelot would see her as more than a tomboy.
Then a new girl arrives, and Elaine is thrilled-- until Gwynivere proves to be cold and cruel. But when Elaine and Gwynivere are thrown into a situation of gravest danger, the girls must band together in order to survive. Can Elaine find the strength to fight for the kingdom she has always believed in?
Acclaimed author Lisa Ann Sandell brings a haunted lyricism and an epic sweep to this tail of love, betrayal, and war. Heartbreaking, eloquent, and gripping, this novel is a striking addition to the canon of Camelot mythology.

My Thoughts:
I loved this book, it was one of the rare books that touched me deeply. The emotions were poetically displayed, and with small words with great meaning, this book was amazing. And what made me really surprised was that this took place BEFORE Arthur became King, and before Camelot was even built. The calligraphy on the cover, and the wonderful model for Elaine, really caught my attention in the first place. Lisa Ann Sandell's book was the book that got me interested in Authorian folklore in the first place. This is, of course, an ancient re-read but just today I saw a girl at my tennis center that had this book in her hands. It just shows to tell you that a book like this can never get old.
Elaine was a brave, truly nice, and innocent heroine that I admire. Go Elaine!!

Along For the Ride by Sarah Dessen

19 August 2009


Title: Along for the Ride
Author: Sarah Dessen
Reveiw: the book flap and Kirthi
Stars: 5 (and much MUCH more!)

Riding A Bike is only one of the many things Auden has missed out on. Even before her parents' divorce, she was cast in the role of little adult, never making waves, focusing on academics to please her demanding mother.
Now she's spending the summer before college in the tiny beach town of Colby with her father and his new wife and baby. A job in a trendy boutique introduces her to the world of girls, their friendships, conversations, romances. And then there's Eli, an intriguing loner. A former star on the bike circuit and a fellow insomniac, Eli introduces Auden to the nocturnal world of Colby. Together they embark on a quest: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she's been denied; for Eli, to put a tragic episode behind him. Combine two lonely people with a charming beach town and an endless supply of long summer nights, and just about anything can happen.

My thoughts:

ohmygosh!!! I thought everyone was exaggerating the excellency of this book, until I read it. It was. the. most. amazing. book. Dessen. has. ever. written. !!!!!!! Lock and Key was great, 5 stars, but Along for the Ride was just SPECTACULAR!!! The reality that Dessen brings continues to surprise me. I'm used to strange powers, aliens, and out of the ordinary. But realistic fiction doesn't really sound REAL until SARAH DESSEN happened. :) I reccomend this book to everyone!

New Books

18 August 2009


Posted right off my library card, here are all the books I plan to read.

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Just Listen Sarah Dessen


Title: Just Listen
Author: Sarah Dessen
Review: Kirthi and the book flap
Stars: 4.5

Ever since that life changing Kopfs commercial, Annabel Greene has never been the same. She has no best friend, an anorexic sister and no peace at home.
The she meets Owen Armstrong, a music obsessed guy who is determined to tell the truth, no matter what.
Can a girl who hates confrontation find a way to connect with a guy who thrives on it? And can Annabel find the courage to tell what really happened that night she and Sophie stopped being friends?

MY THOUGHTS
On many book blogs, Sarah Dessen was an extremly popular author, so I decided to try another one (my first was Lock and Key). I was, of course, taken away by it. It was great, but a little confusing in some parts.

Lament The Faerie Queen's Deception

11 August 2009


Title: Lament The Faerie Queen's Deception
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Stars: 4.5
Reveiw by Kirthi and Goodreads
Caution: this reveiw contains spoilers!

16 year old Deirdre Monaghan, an incredibly gifted harp player and singer, and also a Cloverhand: a human who can see faeries. Then a strange, dangerously handsome and gorgeous boy moves in to her life, and she's crazy about him. The only problem is, is that Luke is a soulless faerie assasian. They're love cannot be, because of a mysterious faerie woman who is Luke's boss. Deidre is supposed to be Luke's next target, but he doesn't kill her.
Luke and "Freckle Freak" are on the same mission: kill Deirdre before she can threaten the Faerie Queen. Luke hasn't killed her, so Freckle Freak stalks her.
She's trapped between James, her best friend who has been teetering on the edge of friendship and in to love, and Luke, the boy she's in love with.

Every hero and men in Irish Mythology die, will Luke?

My thoughts:
This was AMAZING! i love dark fairy romances, and i share a love for Irish mythology (and scenery and music etc..) so I was terribly excited when i heard about this book. After reading it, I was delighted but I noticed how much Lament had in common with Holly Black's Tithe. I mean, they're really obvious.
  • Evil Faerie Queen bossing the hero
  • the hero is a dark doomed fairy
  • the heroine is strong, witty and all that with some sort of special ability
  • the faeries are both vicious and can kill
  • lusty
There's just too much in common. For that, I de-starred this book by a point and a half.

Saving Juliet by Suzanne Selfors.

04 August 2009


Two Juliets, both alike in desperation...

Seventeen-year-old Mimi WAllingford, of the Broadway Wallingfords, has a life most girls can only dream of- complete with the starring role in her family's production of ROmeo and Juliet. But acting is not her dream, and she's fighting for the right to trade her script for a scalpel and become a docter.
Fourteen-year-old Juliet Capulet, of the Verona Capulets, has lived a lonely life-imprisoned by the feud that consumes her family and by her iron-fisted mother's forcing her into an unwanted marrige. SHe will do anything to avoid her betrothed, even if it requires faking a boil on her bottom-- or something more dangerous.
During the play's final preformance, Mim's wish to get away actually comes true when she and her heartthrob co-star, Troy Summer, are magically transported in Shapespeare's Verona. Now that she knows the real Juliet, Mimi doesn't want to stand by and allow the play to reach its tragic end. But if saving her new friend means changing the ending of the greatest love story of all time, will she and Troy ever make it back to Broadway.


If you haven' read this book, then don't read the follwoing. it contains spoilers.

my thoughts: I really liked this book, it was humorous, and realistic. probably becuase i can compare my life to Mimi's. HAving a mother that wants me to become her dream, when really i want to be something else. My mom wants me to be a surgeon, a doctor. While i want to be a pyhsciatrist, an artist. What I particulary enjoyed was the love-hate sort of relationship that Mimi and Troy had. Troy was such a gentleman in a weird, rude, snappy way. They get their happily ever after just like Romeo and Juliet do. (wink)

Graceling- Kristin Cashore

02 August 2009


Title: Graceling
Author: Kristin Cashore
Summary- the book flap
Reveiw: by Kirthi
Stars: 5

In a world where people born with an extreme skill-called a Grace- are feared and exploited, Katsa carried the burden of a skill even she despises: the Grace of killing. She lives under the command of her uncle Randa, King of the Middluns, and is expected to execute his dirty work, punishing and torturing anyone who displeases him.
When she first meets Prince Po, who is Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.
She never expects to become Po's friend.
She never expects to learn a new truth about her own grace- or a terrible secret that lies hidden far away...a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.

I abosulotly loved this book, I couldn't put it down, and when it was time to go to sleep, I was restless and couldn't wait to wake up in the morning to finish it. My favorite part about this book was how the main character, Katsa, changed throughout this book. It's almost as if I'm proud of her, like a doting mother. The new twists and awesome fights kept me reading. Katsa showed incredible skill and girl-power, and is all I ever wanted in a character: brave, strong, great sense of humor, and very human feelings.

Here's Kristin Cashore's blog: www.kristincashore.blogspot.com

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