Jun 29, 2013

Review: Forever . . .

Forever
Forever . . .
Author: Judy Blume
Release Date: Original 1975, reprint April 24, 2007
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Pages: 192
Format: paperback, bought

Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis:

There's a first for everything.

When you build up something in your mind -- really imagine it, wish for it -- sometimes, when it actually happens, it doesn't live up to your expectations.

True love is nothing like that.

Especially not for Katherine and Michael, who can't get enough of each other. Their relationship is unique: sincere, intense, and fun all at the same time. Although they haven't been together all that long, they know it's serious. A whole world opens up as young passion and sexuality bloom.

But it's senior year of high school, and there are big changes ahead. Michael and Katherine are destined for another big "first": a decision. Is this the love of a lifetime, or the very beginning of a lifetime of love? 


My Review:

I pulled this book from my TBR Book Jar, and I'm glad I did. As you all know, I'm a cover snob, I usually only pick up a book if it's either recommended to me by a few people or if the cover is something that catches my eye to read more into it. This is the latter one. I'm glad I did.

I was feeling that even if the book wasn't too good, it was short so I could at least power through it, but luckily I didn't have to. I started reading it and was right away sucked into the pages.

This book is about Katherine and Michael mainly, there is some side characters that are a large part of the story, but it is mainly the love story of Katherine and Michael. It is told through the eyes of Katherine and how she is feeling throughout the months that pass.

The book is definitely one you can tell was written in the 70s, but I actually liked it that way. It still seems like the world today, just some small differences. As I had a love in high school when I was younger, it seemed very real and the way it is when you first really love someone. I flew through the pages just reminiscing on not only my past relationship of high school puppy love but also my love I have right now. I smiled and loved pretty much the whole book.

I will warn, there is a decent amount of sexual talk and scenes throughout the book, but there isn't much in detail as there is just showing how most teenagers are when the feeling of love is flowing through them in a strong current. It wasn't for me in a way that I was like wow, this shouldn't be read by anyone younger. I think it gives a true picture of how it is for teenagers, especially seniors in high school. Hormones raging, college coming up and not wanting to see un-experienced, or the feeling of shame by doing something they shouldn't.

The friendships and love are true to my experience as I'm sure a lot of yours. Katherine's parents are more laid back and let her do a little more than most, but they also try to intervene when they need to. So I'm sure if it was written with more strict parents it would have turned out a little different, but as most know, teens will do what they want, no matter if they have permission or not.

I gave this review a 4.5 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed it, but there was just something about it that made me take .5 off of it. I still very much enjoyed it, and am very tempted to give it a 5, but my mind is just saying, it is very good but not quite a 5.


I very much enjoyed it!!
  




Jun 27, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday

Hey guys, this is my Feature and Follow Friday post! This post is hosted by two different blogs, Parajunkee and Alison Can Read! This meme is here for everyone to be able to get their blog out there and get more followers!! Links are below for you to look at others, follow them, and link your own blog!


Question:
What is your preferred reading format? Hardcover, eBooks, paperback, etc?

Answer: I prefer either hardcover or paperback. I do read a lot of my review copies on eBooks but that is because most authors only offer them in that format. If I could get them in a hard copy I would. I definitely love the feel of real pages and I also enjoy the smell of books. I know probably weird, but I do! I also if I read an eBook I really like, I tend to go out and buy the book anyway so I can have a copy, so I try not to spend money twice if I don't have to.
 



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Today’s is the US’ Independence Day. Share your favorite book with a war in it, or an overthrow of the government. 

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Jun 26, 2013

Pick-A-Book Thursday #4


Pick-A-Book Thursday is a weekly meme brought you by me :) It is here for all of us to get our to be read piles down a little and help us get to the books we really want to read but just never got around to them. We can sit here weekly and talk about books we pulled from our jars or those that don't have jars, those who picked one off their shelf! Click here for the Original post for more details!

If you didn't get to pick from one of the jars above, how are you coming with your pick from last time? Are you enjoying it so far?

*I just finished my previous book, so today I'm starting this one, I'm only a chapter in so far, but the book is only 192 pages, so I should fly through this one!! So far I'm enjoying the writing style of it :)



Forever


Forever... by Judy Bloom

Goodreads  Amazon

here is the synopsis and info again for the book if you all didn't get to see it last week!

Katherine and Michael meet at a New Year's Eve party. They're attracted to each other, they grow to love each other. And once they've decided their love is forever, they make love.

It's the beginning of an intense and exclusive relationship, with a future all planned. Until Katherine's parents insist that she and Michael put their love to the test with a summer apart...

"Forever" is written for an older age group than Judy Blume's other novels for children. It caused a storm of controversy when it was first published because of its explicit sexual content.

It was a book ahead of its time - and remains, after thirty years in print, a teenage best-seller. America's No. 1 children's author has written some of the best books of our time about real-life issues - family stress and pressures, what happens when your parents divorce, the problems of growing up and sexual awakening, bereavement - with insight, sensitivity and honesty.


What did you all pick from your shelves/jar? Are you working on anything from your list right now?

Leave your links below!!




The Moon and More

The Moon and More
The Moon and More
Author: Sarah Dessen
Release Date: June 4, 2013
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Pages: 435 pages
Format: hardcover


Synopsis: Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.

 Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo's sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby.

 Emaline's mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he's convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?

Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she's going?

 


My Review:
I've read quite a few of Sarah Dessen's books. I can see how she is the same author in this book as well as moved up the ladder a little more. There is more meaning in the back of this book thank usual.
From the first chapter I liked the book, I got sucked into her writing style. I was even a bad employee and read at work when no one was in the store.
This story is about Emaline. She has just graduated high school and is looking to go to college. Some in her life want her to stay close, but the one side of Emaline as well as her father wants something bigger for her. Her father is not to be confused with her dad, because she has been adopted when she was three from her mother's husband and in turn ended up with two sisters from their own mother. Emaline's father ran off back home for the end of the summer and ended up finding out that he had a daughter along the way. Her mother decided to keep Emaline even with all the people telling her she shouldn't. 18 years later here we are.
Sarah Dessen does a wonderful job with making you get to know each and every character that you get introduced to. You feel love, hate, annoyance, all of it with all the characters, including Emaline. I love how she ties in some characters from a previous book, only here or there Auden is mentioned from Along for the Ride. It was nice though to see that since the book was set in Colby that you do get to see some of them from the other book. You get a sense that even though you've never been to Colby you still feel like you have. I live in a beach town myself, so I have a little more first hand knowledge on tourist areas too.
My complain with the book, though small is some of the characters annoyed me to the point I kind of wanted to skip parts because they were in it. Theo I was always kind of skeptical of from the start. Ivy, made me want to go find her and punch her in the face. Margo, the one who annoyed me the most, seemed like the stepsister you never wanted to have. She was always barking orders to everyone thinking cause of college she knew everything when I could see some of the plans she had were just not worth it or were completely stupid. I also liked the ending, it was more wrapped up than most books I've read, I just wish it said a little more about what happened to Emaline herself with schooling and stuff. She still left you off with a great way to see how things happened to most of the characters.
This is still for me a great summer read and still has my love for Sarah Dessen in it! The 4 star review is mainly because of the paragraph above but I know it isn't enough to stop anyone from reading it!


Really Enjoyed It!!


Jun 25, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday




Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog topic that is brought to you by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!!
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The Elites
The Elites
By: Natasha Ngan
Release Date: September 5, 2013

'There is a rumour that the Elites don't bleed.'

Hundreds of years into the future, wars, riots, resource crises and rising sea-levels have destroyed the old civilisations. Only one city has survived: Neo-Babel, a city full of cultures - and racial tension. Fifteen-year-old Silver is an Elite, a citizen of Neo-Babel chosen to guard the city due to her superior DNA. She'd never dream of leaving - but then she fails to prevent the assassination of Neo Babel's president, setting off a chain of events more shocking and devastating than she could ever have imagined. Forced to flee the city with her best friend Butterfly (a boy with genetically-enhanced wings), Silver will have to fight to find her family, uncover the truth about Neo-Babel and come to terms with her complicated feelings for Butterfly.



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What did you guys pick this week??


NEW LOOK!!

Where do I begin.....

About a month ago I came across a blog post speaking about an awesome person to let redesign your blog. I went to the link that was provided and saw many beautifully designed blogs. I have wanted to redesign my blog for a while just never got told pricing or anything else when I would ask other graphic designers. When I saw the pricing I was like wow! That is a lot cheaper than I expected. I signed up that very day to get my blog re-designed!

I'm so glad that I did.

Jude Henderson! That is the wonderful lady that has redone my blog and I can't thank her enough. She listened to me and helped me through all of that I needed and even found out some stuff I didn't know I needed till we got started. Its completely beautiful what she did and I am so very very happy!

I have a feeling I will end up using her for anything I need, including more banners or anything else I can get her to do for me :)

Jude starts out at 30 dollars and goes up to 50 dollars plus a small fee for extras added on here or there. For all the time and effort she puts into it, 30 or 50 dollars is a small amount for the love you have your blog when she is done!

Jude, if you read this, I'm saying thank you here for all to read :) You are wonderful and I love your work!

Here is a link - In Between Designs - to her site for you all to look into other blogs she has done and see what you can get in her packages!

Be Sure to grab my new button!!!

Top Ten Tuesday- 10 Best Books I've Read So Far In 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to you at The Broke and the Bookish!! Each week we will be releasing a top ten book related list for you all to enjoy!
 
This week, we get to do our Top Ten Tuesday with 10 best books we've read so far in 2013! This one is gonna be a little difficult for me, because I don't think I've read enough books to be able to say 10 best, I'll be putting most of the books I've even read in 2013 if I do Ten, but let's see how it goes!!
 
Okay, I ended up with Top 6!
 
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These books are in no particular order, just listed them as I went!
 
 
Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1)Walking Disaster (Beautiful, #2)
 
1. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire - I saw this cover in my local bookstore, not knowing much about it I picked it up anyway. I ended up devouring it and not being able to wait for the next one to come out!
 
2. Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire - This is the same story just told by the main male character instead of female. It gives you an outlook on both sides of the story!
 
When in Doubt, Add ButterThe Fault in Our Stars
 
3. When In Doubt, Add Butter by Beth Harbison - I asked for this book for Christmas just because of the cupcakes and knowing it was a romance, it is truly amazing! I'm so glad I got it!
 
4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - I have a love hate relationship with this book. It was truly amazing, but it also destroyed me afterward. But I guess a good book is supposed to leave you shaken up at the end of it! Definitely check this book out, just be ready to cry!
 
Holding On and Letting Go (The Ties That Bind Us, #1)Our Song
 
5. Holding On and Letting Go By Lucy Kelly (K.A. Coleman) -  I got this for review. I mainly was just trying to help out some Indie authors, but I ended up loving it very very much!! I'm glad I said yes to it! It's only e-book right now though :( I wish I could get it in paper!
 
6. Our Song by Jordanna Fraiberg -  There isn't a book by Jordanna that I haven't loved! So when this came out I had to read it, and of course I wasn't disappointed!
 
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Well there is my top 10 6 books I've read in 2013!!
 
What are yours??
 
 

Jun 22, 2013

Stacking The Shelves



 Stacking the Shelves is a weekly post asking you to post the books you got for the week, no matter if it is ebooks or hardcopies that you bought or are borrowing! If you got a book, they can go here!! This posting is hosted by Tynga's Reviews!

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Here are my books this week :)


The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)The Lightning Thief
By: Rick Riordan

Amazon   Goodreads

Synopsis: Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school... again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus' master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus' stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.



Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)Cinder
By: Marissa Meyer

Amazon   Goodreads

Synopsis: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.



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That's all I got this week, but I haven't been told enough to read either of these!
What did you all get this week?
♥Amber

Jun 20, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday!

Alison Can Read Feature & Follow
 
Hey guys, this is my Feature and Follow Friday post! This post is hosted by two different blogs, Parajunkee and Alison Can Read! This meme is here for everyone to be able to get their blog out there and get more followers!! Links are below for you to look at others, follow them, and link your own blog!
 
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Question: Activity: Favorite Literary Quote
 
Answer: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
 
"It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live"
~Albus Dumbledore
 
 
I have lived a big chunk of my older years using this quote to my everyday life. I love it so much! 
 
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Next Week's Question:
What is your preferred reading format? Hardcover, eBooks, paperback etc?
 
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  3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
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  6. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "HI"
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Thanks for visiting :) Can't wait to meet all you new bloggers and connect some more to my old ones!
 
♥Amber
 
 

Jun 19, 2013

Pick-A-Book Thursday #3


Pick-A-Book Thursday is a weekly meme brought you by me :) It is here for all of us to get our to be read piles down a little and help us get to the books we really want to read but just never got around to them. We can sit here weekly and talk about books we pulled from our jars or those that don't have jars, those who picked one off their shelf! Click here for the Original post for more details!

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I guess first things first. . . . A couple weeks ago I pulled from my jar the Seventeenth Summer by Maureen Daly. One, I didn't know it was written back in the 40s, I just thought as I was reading it, that the author wrote about it being back in the 40s. I had to give up on it, I tried really hard, but I got to the point where I did anything else I could so I wouldn't have to read it, It shouldn't be like that. It is the first book that I have to say I couldn't finish. I might try to read it again later, but for now, it will just be lonely on my shelf.


Now for this weeks entry :)



What book did you pull from your To-Be-Read Jar?


Forever
I pulled
Forever... by Judy Bloom


This book is pretty small so I should be able to fly through it! It has always sounded wonderful just never got around to it, but now I finally can :)


Here is the Synopsis for it:

Katherine and Michael meet at a New Year's Eve party. They're attracted to each other, they grow to love each other. And once they've decided their love is forever, they make love.

It's the beginning of an intense and exclusive relationship, with a future all planned. Until Katherine's parents insist that she and Michael put their love to the test with a summer apart...

"Forever" is written for an older age group than Judy Blume's other novels for children. It caused a storm of controversy when it was first published because of its explicit sexual content.

It was a book ahead of its time - and remains, after thirty years in print, a teenage best-seller. America's No. 1 children's author has written some of the best books of our time about real-life issues - family stress and pressures, what happens when your parents divorce, the problems of growing up and sexual awakening, bereavement - with insight, sensitivity and honesty.
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What did you all pull from your list or jar?? Are you still reading for a previous pick?? Let us know!!
Post your links below!
♥Amber





Waiting on Wednesday!


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog topic that is brought to you by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!!

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I first got drawn into this book because of the cover, it's gorgeous!! Then I had to read the synopsis and there is no way I can't read it now!!

The Infinite Moment of UsThe Infinite Moment of Us
By: Lauren Myracle
Release Date: August 20, 2013

Goodreads Amazon

For as long as she can remember, Wren Gray’s goal has been to please her parents. But as high school graduation nears, so does an uncomfortable realization: Pleasing her parents once overlapped with pleasing herself, but now . . . not so much. Wren needs to honor her own desires, but how can she if she doesn’t even know what they are?
Charlie Parker, on the other hand, is painfully aware of his heart’s desire. A gentle boy with a troubled past, Charlie has loved Wren since the day he first saw her. But a girl like Wren would never fall for a guy like Charlie—at least not the sort of guy Charlie believes himself to be.
And yet certain things are written in the stars. And in the summer after high school, Wren and Charlie’s souls will collide. But souls are complicated, as are the bodies that house them . .


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What did you all pick this week??

♥Amber

Jun 18, 2013

Teaser Tuesday


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone is able to play along, just do the following :)

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
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The Moon and More 
My Teaser:
 
"As I got up to follow him outside, I was braced for any number of conversational possibilities. There was my damp hair, and the fact that I might be busted, again."
 
Page 70, The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

Top Ten Tuesday- TBR Summer Reads!

 
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to you at The Broke and the Bookish!! Each week we will be releasing a top ten book related list for you all to enjoy!
 
This week we get the awesome topic of Top Ten Books on our TBR piles for the Summer! Some of these topics I have a hard time even thinking of 2 books so I don't post one that week, but this one, I couldn't resist! I have so many I want to read that I know there is no way I can even read them all! But I am gonna do my best!!
 
Now...I need to quit blabbering! Time for my list!!
 
The Moon and MoreDivergent (Divergent, #1)Openly Straight
 
1. The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen- It's Sarah Dessen....Do I need to say more?
 
2. Divergent by Veronica Roth- I have seen so many people rave about it, and it is becoming a movie...so I need to read it!
 
3. Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg- I've always been a supporter of the GLBT community...and this one sounds cute!
 
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)All I Need
 
4. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare- I bought this book the week it came out, and I still have yet to read it, I'm horrible. But with the movie coming out in August, I decided I need to finally get around to it!
 
5. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins- This one sounds adorable, and all the good reviews I've seen, its a must for the summer!
 
6. All I Need by Susane Colasanti- I love all her books I have read and it has became a must read anytime she releases a new book!
 
The Selection (The Selection, #1)Delirium (Delirium, #1)The Sea of Tranquility
 
7. The Selection by Kiera Cass- I've read her book The Siren and loved it so I want to give this one a shot!
 
8. Delirium by Lauren Oliver- Another book that everyone swears by, so I need to get on it!
 
9. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay- I saw this on NetGalley and had to have it because of the cover, then I started seeing great reviews for it, which has made me want to read it even more!
 
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
 
10. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling- I don't think anyone can figure out a reason why this shouldn't be on my list! I love the series and want to re-read it!!
 
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Can't wait to see what all you guys picked for the week :)
 
♥Amber