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Project Sweet Life by Brent Hartinger

For most kids, fifteen is the year of the optional summer job: Sure, you can get a job if you really want one, but it isn’t required or anything. Too bad Dave’s dad doesn’t agree! Instead of enjoying long days of biking, swimming, and sitting around, Dave and his two best friends are being forced by their fathers into a summer of hard labor.

The friends have something else in mind, though: Not only will they not work over the summer, but they’re determined to trick everyone into believing they really do have jobs. So what if the lifeguard doesn’t have a tan or the fast-food worker isn’t bringing home buckets of free chicken? There’s only one problem: Dave’s dad wants evidence that his son is actually bringing in money. And that means Dave, Curtis, and Victor will have to get some . . . without breaking the law and without doing any work!

Project Sweet Life is designed for the funny and lazy bone in all of us—a true comedy of errors (without any effort!) from seasoned storyteller Brent Hartinger.

I really really loved this book. At first, it seemed like a guy book because of the cover. But you know what they say, don’t judge a book by it’s cover! I’m so glad I picked up this book. I thought I knew what would happen next, the boys would end up spending all summer trying to find ways not to work and would not have any fun. I was kind of right and wrong too, the boys did have fun! But what I did not expect was for the boys to be stakingout, find themselves trying to solve bank robberies, walking through tunnels and solving a mystery. It was so much fun reading the book. I recommend reading this book on a Saturday morning because once you read, you can’t stop until you reach the end! The story was very well written, you never know what to expect next. Did I mention that this book is extremely funny too? Everyone should read Project Sweet Life. If you loved Paper Towns by John Green, I’m sure you will love this book too.

Order Project Sweet Life now at Barnes & Noble.


Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby

It's Zombietastic!

It's Zombietastic!

Quiet, unpopular, non-cheerleading Mia is blissfully happy. She is dating super hot football god Rob, and he actually likes her and asked her to prom! Enter Samantha—cheerleading goddess and miss popularity— who starts making a move for Rob. With prom in a few days, Mia needs to act fast. So she turns to her best friend, Candice, and decides to do a love spell on Rob.

Unfortunately, she ends up inflicting a zombie virus onto her whole class, making herself their leader! At first she is flattered that everyone is treating her like a queen. But then zombie hunter hottie Chase explains they are actually fattening her up, because in a few days, Mia will be the first course in their new diet. She’s sure she and Chase can figure something out, but she suggests that no one wear white to prom, because things could get very messy.

Whenever I think of zombies I think of this book and Amanda. I blame that on Amanda. She mentions zombies all the time in her blogs and now I have finally read her new release. Horray! Because you are such a great person I shall go easy on you. I’m kidding. I treat all reviews fairly. No bias reviews, muahahaha. Before I start my review, I shall let ya know my mom commented that the black dress on the cover is similar to the one I wore to my graduation dance three years ago (which I can still fit in!).

Zombie Queen of Newbury High is not a gory horror book, I was reading it at 1AM in the morning but I wasn’t scared at all. In fact sometimes I was laughing. In the beginning, we see how being so madly in love can make you do crazy things, like buy a love potion from a old women who “looks like she was shipped over on the Mayflower” (quote from pg 16) and then find out that everyone has become zombies! So Mia and Chase go on a adventure to put a stop to this before it’s too late. Hey Amanda guess what? Zombie Queen of Newbury High is my fave zombie book! (But well, this is the only zombie book I’ve ever read.)

My only problem with the book was that it was too predictable! I even predicted the twist at the end. But don’t let that stop you from reading the book! It is still excellent. Zombie Queen of Newbury High is a delicious zombie book with a wonderful characters (who I wonder if they taste as good as they are). Not to be missed!

Visit Amanda Ashby on her blog. Order Zombie Queen now at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.


Evermore by Alyson Noel

Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s life story by touch. Going out of her way to shield herself from human contact to suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste…

Ever sees Damen and feels an instant recognition. He is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy, and he holds many secrets. Damen is able to make things appear and disappear, he always seems to know what she’s thinking—and he’s the only one who can silence the noise and the random energy in her head. She doesn’t know who he really is—or what he is. Damen equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies.

At first, I did not have very high expectations for this book. I was afraid I would be disappointed by it. But I liked Evermore more than I expected! 🙂 The story was interesting, the characters were awesome, especially Riley. I love her the most. The story was fast paced but I was able to put it down and listen to my teacher in class. I enjoyed reading about the Halloween party, I didn’t expect it. But I do wished Ever treated Ava better. Ava seemed like a nice person who could help Ever. Overall I am looking forward to read Blue Moon in August. Please note that this book has smiliarities to Twilight. Fans of fantasy stories will enjoy this book.

Visit Alyson Noel on her website. Order Evermore now at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

3 Willows by Ann Brashares

Polly has an idea that she can’t stop thinking about, one that involves changing a few things about herself. She’s setting her sights on a more glamorous life, but it’s going to take all of her focus. At least that way she won’t have to watch her friends moving so far ahead.

Jo is spending the summer at her family’s beach house, working as a bus girl and bonding with the older, cooler girls she’ll see at high school come September. She didn’t count on a brief fling with a cute boy changing her entire summer. Or feeling embarrassed by her middle school friends. And she didn’t count on her family at all. . .

Ama is not an outdoorsy girl. She wanted to be at an academic camp, doing research in an air-conditioned library, earning A’s. Instead her summer scholarship lands her on a wilderness trip full of flirting teenagers, blisters, impossible hiking trails, and a sad lack of hair products.

It is a new summer. And a new sisterhood. Come grow with them.

What do I have to say? This is Ann Brashares! Her books are wonderful and the 3 Willows is not an exception. The characters were terrific. Each had great personalities and flaws. One thing I like about the girls is that they are not perfect. This novel addresses real life issues that many girls face each and every day.

Words cannot describe how much I loved this book. I want more, seriously. I’m praying that there will be a sequel to this new sisterhood. =D Listen reader, yes you, if you love books on friendship, love, and learning to forgive, you will fall in love with this book. Ann Brashares has created heart-warming, clever, engaging, enjoyable young adult novel that has important life lessons. This is the type of book that stays in your mind for a very long time.

Gold star!

Just One Wish by Janette Rallison

Seventeen-year-old Annika Truman knows about the power of positive thinking. With a little brother who has cancer, it’s all she ever hears about. And in order to help Jeremy, she will go to the ends of the earth (or at least as far as Hollywood) to help him believe he can survive his upcoming surgery.

But Annika’s plan to convince Jeremy that a magic genie will grant him any wish throws her a curveball when he unexpectedly wishes that his television idol would visit him. Annika suddenly fi nds herself in the desperate predicament of getting access to a hunky star actor and convincing him to come home with her. Piece of cake, right?

Just One Wish was on my ‘dying-to-read’ list. My expectations for it were high, as I loved My Fair Godmother. I would say the book was pretty good but I was disappointed that it wasn’t long enough. It had some funny moments and I just loved how Annika fought with the greedy Teen Robin Hood man. This book had me wanting to know more and wanting to know what will happen to Jeremy. It is a sweet and heartwarming book. In my opinion, Just One Wish is a ideal for Chirstmas gifts or gifts to friends/family with cancer or anyone who has experienced a loved one dealing with cancer. 🙂 Be sure to pick up your copy of Just One Wish the next time your in the bookstore or the library. And look at the sparkles on the cover. They’re so cool!

Just some additional info. On the front cover, there’s a picture of a girl blowing the dandelion. Here is what dandelions symbolise.

Dandelions stand for wishes coming true. The dozens of seeds released by each flower head represent fertility and abundance. The seeds’ journey illustrates a time of clothing the past and a symbol of hope for starting something new. When we blow away the puffball with it’s seeds, we make a wish for something better. It also symbolize faithfulness and happiness, affection returned, desire, sympathy, Oracle of Time and Love.
Dandelions are rich in symbolism and some of these symbols are very different and opposed to each other; in some traditions dandelions symbolize flirtation or grief.

Want to know how the cover for Just One Wish came about? Melissa Walker has a awesome story on that!

This week the 3 author interview contest is ending (Apr 10) and winners will be announced the next day.

Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs

If Phoebe Castro can keep her grades up and have another stellar cross-country season, her dream of attending USC with her best friends is only a track scholarship away. She’s made all her plans, so it’s a complete shock when her mom announces she’s marrying a mysterious stranger and moving them half-way around the world—to Greece.

Phoebe’s stuck on a secret island in the Aegean attending the super-exclusive Academy, where her new stepfather is the headmaster and the kids are anything but your average students—they are descendants of the Greek gods, super powers included. That’s right, Greek gods are no myth! If Phoebe thought high school was hard, she knows this is going to be mortal misery.

Securing that scholarship seems like Phoebe’s only ticket out of Greece, but training and maintaining her grades will be grueling, even without a sabotaging stepsister from Hades and a gorgeous guy—what a god!—who just might be her Achilles heel. One thing is for sure—summoning the will to win and find her place among the gods could be Phoebe’s toughest course yet.

The Greek gods get a makeover in this romantic odyssey of mythic proportion.

The story is part “Harry Potter,” part Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief and part shojo, and it will keep teens, particularly girls, reading. — School Library Journal I totally agree!

Oh. My. Gods. was amazing. The story has Greek myths together with some modern day aspects. The characters were enjoyable and all had different distinct personalities. The storyline was good and I liked how it wasn’t predictable! I didn’t know what to expect. I laughed many times while read O.M.G.This book was very addictive. I just had to know more. I craved for more. Luckily, there is still more to the series. The sequel is Goddess Boot Camp which will be out June 11, 2009. According to the interview I did with TLC, Goddess Boot Camp will be set in the following summer and Damian and Valerie are headed off on their honeymoon, leaving Phoebe and Stella home alone. There’s more yummy Griffin, kick-butt Nicole, and sweet Troy. And, yes, even more Adara. This time there’s also a little more adventure in the story, both at Phoebe’s Boot Camp and in the form of anonymous messages about her Dad.

TLC is also working on another book, Forgive My Fins (out Summer 2010) the story of a half-mermaid princess attending high school on the mainland and the adventure that ensues when she accidentally kisses the wrong boy.

To sum up my feelings for Oh. My. Gods., it was fantastic. The book was just so darn good. If you were planning on reading Oh. My. Gods., I hoped this review convinced you to read it! You will love it

Spring Breakup out now!

Spring Breakup was out March 3rd (I’m really late). It is the third and last book in the Aspen Brooks series.

After some killer midterms, all I want during my spring break is a little R&R-that is my boyfriend, Rand, and some rays. But Rand, adorable geek that he is, begs me to go to Las Vegas with him to visit the Hoover Dam with Angel and Lucas. I guess if I can’t feel sand between my perfectly pedicured toes, I could settle for shopping on the Strip.

But my losing streak starts when my luggage goes MIA. Who loses a purple suitcase? Then I get food poisoning from an all-you-can-eat seafood buffet, and Angel breaks up with Lucas. Poor timing considering our hotel is hosting the Miss Teen Queen Pageant-with surgically enhanced beauty contestants everywhere you turn. When one in particular, our very own Miss Illinois, decides to go AWOL, it’s up to me to represent my home state and find out what’s really going on. With my killer looks, and my killer instinct, I need to put down the suntan lotion and get to the bottom of this-before my best friend goes all drama queen on me.

Order it now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders, or an independent bookstore near you!

Sshhh if you are reading this, good for you! You will know that I am going to give away a signed copy of Spring Breakup soon! Together with Violet On The Runway and Oh. My. Gods. Want to have high chances? It is not too late to enter my comment and you shall be rewarded to get extra points contest (ends Sunday night which is tonight 11:59 PM GMT -5).

Drop by their websites: Stephanie Hale, Tera Lynn Childs, Melissa Walker