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Archive for April 21, 2009

Release day: Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender

Yay! Today we celebrate the release of Bad Girl’s Don’t Die!

Alexis thought she led a typically dysfunctional high school existence. Dysfunctional like her parents’ marriage; her doll-crazy twelve-year-old sister, Kasey; and even her own anti-social, anti-cheerleader attitude.

When a family fight results in some tearful sisterly bonding, Alexis realizes that her life is creeping from dysfunction into danger. Kasey is acting stranger than ever: her blue eyes go green sometimes; she uses old-fashioned language; and she even loses track of chunks of time, claiming to know nothing about her strange behavior. Their old house is changing, too. Doors open and close by themselves; water boils on the unlit stove; and an unplugged air conditioner turns the house cold enough to see their breath in.

Alexis wants to think that it’s all in her head, but soon, what she liked to think of as silly parlor tricks are becoming life-threatening–to her, her family, and to her budding relationship with the class president. Alexis knows she’s the only person who can stop Kasey — but what if that green-eyed girl isn’t even Kasey anymore?

Get your copy today at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Katie is having a Launch Week for her book. There will be contests and such. Visit her website.

Don’t forget that there is a book discussion for Chapter 1 of I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You (the first book of Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girl series) over at The Epic Rat.

Can’t finish Taken By Storm

Edit: I’ll apologise in advance to those who enjoyed the book and was upset by this review. This review is mostly my thoughts on Michael. No ‘dislike’ or anything towards the author. It’s Michael’s personality and character that I strongly dislike.

This is very upsetting. I can’t finish reading Taken By Storm (stopped at Chapter 20). I have reached a point where I just want to throw the book out the window. It’s a library book and that’s what’s stopping me from doing that. Let’s see what are the problems I have with this book. Michael is a selfish and arrogant jerk. He thinks every girl out there should like him. He doesn’t care about Lessie’s belief in God and I think he blames God for his parent’s death! I have a BIG HUGE GIGANTIC problem with Michael. I’m ok with all the other characters except him. Why does he have to be like that? Gosh.

This is suppose to be the “next Twilight”. Yeah right. Taken by Storm was a big let down. I had high hopes for it but let’s put it this way, I am glad I did not buy this book and I would not recommend it at all. Pretty covers don’t determine the story.

As I was typing this, I decided to give the book one last try. I will skip the parts where I simply can’t stand and see how it goes. Argh, as far as I can remember, I have never stopped reading a book because I couldn’t stand the character.

Edit: I can’t stand this!

What the hell is the matter with Michael?
His whole thinking of what love really is is WRONG. And I can’t believe he blamed Lessie for killing the night (pg 169). Wtf? Her birthday was in a few days time and isn’t it the least he could give to her?

Pg 178, oh my lord, how can he call his girlfriend, the girl he loves a bi___h. Ahhh! It’s so wrong. I feel like screaming “FORGET HIM! There are other guys out there!”

Seriously, this book gets 1/10. That 1 mark is for effort.