This is a summary of what you did in the past week. =) As it is hard to keep up with everyone’s post, we shall summarise it into one single post. Head over to Reviewer X aka Steph’s blog to add your link.
I didn’t do this for a few weeks, I’m sorry. I’m too tired/busy. But well, I’m back this week!
Reviewed Project 17 by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Discussed Chapter 22 of Gallagher Girls book discussion. Fun questions! Go and check them out.
Thursday and Friday
New rating system. STARS! Star ratings!
Reviewed Beautiful Disaster by Kate Brian
Reviewed Being Nikki by Meg Cabot
This week’s In My Mailbox (10).
Whew what a week!
This week I did not get anything in the mail and I didn’t buy anything. However I borrowed two books.
Wings by Aprilynne Pike
Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful—too beautiful for words.
Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings.
In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.
Ever since her mother died and her father lost his shoemaking skills, Fortunata has survived by telling fake fortunes. But when she’s tricked into telling a grand fortune for a prince, she is faced with the impossible task of fulfilling her wild prophecy—or her father will be put to death.
Now Fortunata has to help Prince Leonato secure a magic sword, vanquish a wicked witch, discover a long-lost golden shoe, and rescue the princess who fits it. If only she hadn’t fallen in love with the prince herself!
What did everyone get this week?
Things aren’t pretty for Emerson Watts.
Em was sure there couldn’t be anything worse than being a brainiac the body of a teenaged supermodel.
But it turned out she was wrong. Because that supermodel could turn out to have a mother who’s gone mysteriously missing, a brother who’s shown up on her doorstep demanding answers, a former best friend who’s intent on destroying Stark Enterprises to avenge the death of his lost love, and a British heartthrob who’s written a song about her that’s topping the charts.
How can Em balance all that with school, runway shows, and weekend jaunts to St. Johns – especially when she’s got ex-boyfriends crawling out of the woodwork who want more than just a photo op; a sister who is headed to the high school cheerleading championships; a company she represents that seems to be turning to the dark side…
Not to mention trying to convince the love of her life that models aren’t really airheads after all…especially one model in particular.
But then, nobody said it was going to be easy being Nikki.
What can I say? This is Meg Cabot after all. Last year when I read Airhead, I loved it. This year, Meg Cabot blew me away again. Being Nikki was fantastic. The novel was fast paced and filled with wonderful characters and a great plot! I love everything about it. Being Nikki was absolutely BRILLIANT. There are some new characters introduced in this book as wells as a mystery! The mystery was very well planned and it all fit perfectly at the end. I had a hunch in the beginning and I was right. Being Nikki is a roller coaster ride in Em’s new life together with scheming people and a crazy plan to bring down Stark Enterprises as well as finding a missing person! Get ready for a heart-pounding ride with Meg Cabot’s new book.
I have nothing but praises for this book so I shall end the review by saying this: if you loved Airhead, then I suggest you immediately run to the bookstore and buy Being Nikki! You will love it and when you’re done, you will groan when you realize the next book won’t be out till 2010.
Lights, camera, Nikki! Get Being Nikki today on Amazon.
Caution: This review may contain spoilers if you have not read the Private/Privilege series.
After wasting away in a mental institution for a year and a half, Ariana Osgood is finally back where she belongs. She has a new look, a new name, and a new life — all thanks to her former friend Briana Leigh Covington.
Now enrolled as a junior at the exclusive Atherton-Pryce boarding school just outside of D.C., Ariana sleeps in Frette sheets, flirts with the captain of the crew team, and gossips with the most beautiful girls on campus. She killed to get back her life of privilege. Just how far will she go to keep it?
From the author of the bestselling Private novels comes a series about the dark world of wealth, secrets, and privilege.
I loved the first book in the Privilege series and was hoping this book would be just as good. Beautiful Disaster met my expectations in some areas, however, some parts were slow and you just wished something exciting actually happened. Unlike the first book, BD was not as suspenseful. The book is set in Arianna’s new school in which she assumes a brand new identity and look. Without revealing too much, I shall put it this way. There are moments where I want to skip everything and jump straight to the end to know what happens. But knowing Kate Brian, I will miss out a lot if I skip those pages. ;] So I forced myself to read everything and it was quite satisfying. I won’t say the ending surprised me because I was pretty dubious about someone’s intentions from the start. In Beautiful Disaster, Ariana makes readers sympathize with her more and readers will find themselves rooting for Ariana!
Kate Brian does it again. She successfully ends the book with a cliffhanger which will assure you readers that there are many more Privilege books to come. And leaves you breathless for the next book, Perfect Mistake coming October 27, 2009. Overall, I would say that Beautiful Disaster was good, but not very fantastic. Still, I enjoyed it and definitely looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series.
Preorder your copy of Beautiful Disaster on Amazon today. In stores June 2, 2009.
Here’s Kate Brian’s reply to my review. OMG!!
Kate_Brian @readingthisbook THANK YOU! And thx for the positive review on your site! I KNOW you’re going to love all the suspense in Perfect Mistake!
Synopsis: Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a fairly typical all-girls school-that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses but it’s really a school for spies.
Even though Cammie is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways, she has no idea what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she’s an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, or track him through town with the skill of a real “pavement artist”-but can she maneuver a relationship with someone who can never know the truth about her?
Cammie Morgan may be an elite spy-in-training, but in her sophomore year, she’s on her most dangerous mission-falling in love.
This is a very short chapter so there will only be three questions. And I am currently suffering from fever, feeling very sickly.
- Do you notice details about people? What is one detail you ALWAYS notice about people?
- Cammie appears to be afraid of Mr. Solomon. Do/did you have a teacher that you were very afraid of? What is it about them that scares you the most?
- Do you think that Cammie might change her mind in future about studying CoveOps? Do you think that by studying this subject could possibly endanger the life of the students?
P.S. thank you all for taking part on the discussions. We’re coming to an end soon. Currently, we are still not sure if we want to continue book 2. But I’ll keep you posted. =) But in future months I will be having more book discussions on other books but everything is not confirmed yet.
And by the way, look out for a awesome new rating system coming soon!