This is a place for my opinions on what I read, some movies or whatever else I find interesting. I love reading. I can find something positive about everything I read, at least I hope I can. I understand it takes a great deal of love and effort to write a book and to get it published. An author does not set out to write a crappy book, this is/was their baby. They got up at all hours of the night to feed it.

I don't see how you can give a true review of a book rushing through it. Don't you need to savor it a bit? I don't want my opinion to discourage anyone from reading. I hope you find something here you find interesting.

I buy most of my books, I get a few ARC, and I visit my library when my funds are low. I'm not trying to get you to buy anything by my opinions on the books I've read. I don't care if you buy it, borrow it, or check it out at the library. Just read. :)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Fairy Tale

AUTHOR: Cyn Balog
PAGES: 248
WEBSITE: http://cynbalog.com/
TWITTER: @cynbalog
AQUIRED: Library
SUMMARY: Morgan and Cam are a match made in heaven. They've been best friends since birth, they have been a couple since grade school, they share the same birthday and they live right next to one another.
Weeks before their joint sweet sixteen party, everything changes. Cam's awkward cousin Pip comes to stay, and Cam starts acting distant. Morgan is stunned when her formerly perfect boyfriend seems to be drifting away.
When Morgan demands answers, she's shocked to discover the reason for Cam's distance. It isn't another girl, it's another world. Pip claims that Cam is a fairy. And now his people want Cam to return to their world and take his rightful place as Fairy King.
Determined to keep Cam with her, Morgan plots to fool the fairies. But as Cam continues to change, she has to decide once and for all if he really is her destiny, and if their perfect love can weather an uncertain future.

I love fairies, as you can probably tell, so I was very excited to read this book. I started reading, ready to love it and the unthinkable happens: "Oh no I don't like the main character", Morgan, who's the narrator of this whole book. She seemed like a snob and mean, but thankfully I did start to like her, or a least understand her. I just had to wrap my head around this is a fifteen year old and she has a special gift, she can see peoples future's, so I can understand how she acts in the first few chapters. You would feel you're pretty special and a little cocky too at that age.

I love that this book is about a boy being a fairy. Pip and Cam were switched at birth. As Cam grows closer to his sixteenth birthday his body starts to transform into his fairy form, something only Cam and Morgan can see. The fairies have sent Dawn, Cam's intended bride in Otherworld, to help prepare and guide him back to his true home.

Cam is quarterback of the football team, he is beloved by the town, and loves Morgan more than anything. When Cam starts transforming he loses his ability to play football, he becomes weak and depressed. The only thing keeping him from joining the fairies is Morgan and their love. Morgan sees how unhappy Cam is becoming and wonders if their love is enough for Cam to want to stay. In Otherworld he would be king, but here he will be a shadow of the person he once was.

Cam and Morgan are desperate to stay together, so Morgan and Pip think of a plan to keep Cam out of Otherworld. Morgan thinks the fairies have put a spell on her when she begins to have feelings for Pip, the boy she was always meant to be with. Morgan is confused between the her feeling for Cam and Pip. And is tortured by the chance of losing Cam to the fairies of Otherworld or if he stays watching him slowly lose himself.

"I can only hope that when it's all over, I'm more relieved than sad." -Morgan

I really enjoyed reading it. It was a really fast read for me. Cyn Balog has another book Sleepless coming out in 2010.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Hush, Hush

AUTHOR: Becca Fitzpatrick
PAGES: 391
WEBSITE: http://www.beccafitzpatrick.com/
TWITTER: @becfitzpatrick
AQUIRED: ARC Barnes&Noble Free

Romance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.
But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friend. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those who have fallen and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.

Loved it.
Nora is uncomfortable with the idea of discussing sex in biology but to make things worse Coach McConaughy has switched the seating arrangements. Nora and Vee, Nora's best friend, will no longer be sitting together, instead Nora is forced to be partners with Patch, a mysterious sexy guy who says little, one of her first reaction is attraction then quickly turns to annoyance as he seems to know way to much about her. He seems to take pleasure in the fact she is so easy to read. Patch is a closed book, which is not good given their assignment is to find out about each other. Patch is a cocky, direct, bad boy and Nora senses danger being in his presence.
If it wasn't bad enough having to spend an hour everyday in class with Patch, he starts popping up everywhere Nora is. Nora feels Patch is stalking her, yet she finds herself drawn to him. The chemistry between the two is fantastic. Being a young adult book you have to use your imagination more, but I think that's a good thing. When trouble arises Nora doesn't know whether to run to or away from Patch. The book is full of twist and turns that keep you guessing. It also has some fantastic supporting characters you'll love and love to hate.
Patch is the typical bad boy, has the motorcycle and everything. "Patch's mouth moved into another barely-there smile. Hard to say if it was mocking or friendly. "She's with me."" Got to love that. He is so in control he makes you melt.
The ending has a great twist, it won't disappoint. And if you love this book, which I think you will, you'll be happy to know there's going to be a book two out in 2010 called "Crescendo." If you're a mom of a teenager I think this would a great book to give them and you too. Its a book all ages will enjoy.

Wendy and Lucy

Staring: Michelle Williams and Lucy the dog
Director: Kelly Reichardt
Released: 2009
Genre: Drama

Hi everyone I thought I'd suggest a movie maybe not many people caught. This is a story of Wendy and her dog Lucy. They are on their way to Alaska for the hopes of a good job and a better, easier life. Wendy's car is a broken down piece of crap and she is on limited funds. When her car breaks down in a small down, Wendy is not only faced with a financial problem but an emotional one as well, when Lucy becomes lost. Lucy is Wendy's one and only true friend and she is heartbroken as she tries to find her. In the end Wendy is faced with a heart wreathing decision.

This is more of independent kind of movie. There is no big drama or action, no great romance. Its just a simple story. This is basically like someone making a documentary of the worst couple of days in your life. It might not seem like a big deal to other people, but to you your world is coming apart. Some reviews I have read said, "nothing really happens." I think most of us have felt what it feels like when the world has turned its back on us, when we run out of money, become a burden on our family and every little crappy thing that can go wrong does. It may seems dull to some, but I enjoyed it. It was like a short story I really enjoyed reading. After it was over I was like, "hmm. Life is really shitty sometimes for eveyone." Hope you give it a try.

Sleeping Beauty Fairies


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Book Odor Removal:

I bought a book at a library book sale, it had a strange odor. Someone gave me this suggestion to remove the smell, and it worked, so I thought I'd share.
Put the book in a ziploc bag along with 1/3 cup(more or less) of Arm & Hammer baking soda and seal shut. Leave the book alone for 2 or 3 days. It worked for me, hope it helps you too.


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