Saturday, November 27, 2010
Title: Fixing Delilah
Author: Sarah Ockler
Author website: http://sarahockler.com
Cover rating: 5
Description: Things in Delilah Hannaford's life have a tendency to fall apart. She used to be a good student, but she can't seem to keep it together anymore. Her "boyfriend" isn't much of a boyfriend. And her mother refuses to discuss the fight that divided their family eight years ago. Falling apart, it seems, is a Hannaford tradition.
Over a summer of new friendships, unexpected romance, and moments that test the complex bonds between mothers and daughters, Delilah must face her family's painful past. Can even her most shattered relationships be pieced together again?
Once again Sarah Ockler has amazed me. I fell head over heals in love with her debut, Twenty Boy Summer. Now, I'm even more in love with Fixing Delilah. The writing flows beautifully on every page. It's almost impossible to leave Delilah's story. I recently got a job at Barnes and Noble. I was fortunate enough to be able to shelve this book. I was so excited holding them in my hands. I bought one right when I got off work!
I really connected with Delilah. She is impulsive and stubborn, kind of like me. I act or speak before I think sometimes, just as Delilah does in this novel. I understand where she is coming from. I get why she just wanted to forget. I understood why she used Finn. I understood her. Delilah was so real for me. I could feel her there next to me, letting me into her life, letting me know her secrets. She is an amazing character. She is perfectly built with gestures, flaws, and human emotions. I also adore her name.
Every character in the novel is astounding. They each add more to the story pushing you further along, making you love them more. As soon as Patrick turned his hat around, I fell in love. I wanted to gossip with Emily over lattes. I wanted Rachel to read my cards and give me insight. I wanted to pull Claire away from her desk. I wished I could have known Stephanie and Nana.
This novel is filled with family drama, love, compassion, anger, and friendship. I will read this novel over and over again. I hope to read more and more of Sarah Ockler's words in the future.
Monday, November 8, 2010
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Hello! I've been very busy this week and just now noticed that my none of my scheduled posts posted this week. I don't know why that is, but if any of y'all have ever experienced that and needed to fix something on your blog, please let me know! :)
What are your feelings on losing followers? Have you ever stopped following blogs?
I lost my first follower this week. I have to admit that it made me sad, but I lve blogging and I'd keep doing it if I didn't have any followers. Of course I'd just be rambling to myself, but that's okay. I don't like to lose followers, but you can't keep every single one of them. I have only stopped following one blog and that is only because I didn't speak the language he posts in most the time. The first time I saw his blog, his posts were in English, but after that they were all in Portugese. And, well I don't speak nor can I read Portugese. So, I stopped following his blog. That is the only blogged I have stopped following so far.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Author: Andrea Cremer
Author website: http://www.andreacremer.com/
Cover rating: 5
Description: Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she'll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters' laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything--including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?
As soon as I started to hear about this book awhile ago through the blogging world I knew that I absolutely had to get my hands on as soon as possible. So, on the day it came out, I was at my local Barnes and Noble at 10:00 AM (when they open). Nightshade hadn’t even been stocked yet, but I got my copy. I’m sure the cashier thought I was insane. I was so giddy and happy. I had this beautiful, lovely book in my hand. I mean the gorgeous, sparkly purple cover with calla lilies. And hand cut pages? Oh gosh, this book is so, so beautiful.
The inside, the words, were just as beautiful as the outside. I was captivated in this story from page one. Cremer jumped right into action. I loved it. The wolves sound insanely beautiful. I love how they weren’t referred to as werewolves, but as Guardians. This novel is a new interesting twist on wolves and their keepers. Cremer has created a new world that readers will adore and yearn for after it’s over.
I have never had trouble picking between two love interests in books. I am always on one side. I always make my distinction from the beginning and hardly ever change. But, I could not decide which boy I liked more. I mean we have Shay, cute, quirky, honest Shay. And, as you all know, I’m a hopeless romantic, and this is the choice for the hopeless romantics. Forbidden love? I am a sucker for forbidden love. I fell in love with him over and over again. Every time he turned one side of his mouth up in a smile I swooned for the boy I drew up in my mind. But, then there is Ren. Oh dear Lord, Ren. He makes me blush! He’s so flippin’ sexy and irresistible. And, he cares for Calla. He really loves her and would do anything for her, so much so that it makes my heart ache. I have a soft spot for Ren. I also have high hopes for him in the coming novels.
Calla is a badass. She is such a strong warrior, but a beautiful girl. I feel so bad for her. These two sexy boys vying for her attention. Okay, maybe I don’t feel that bad for her. Although, I know she is confused about who to choose. Love or loyalty? I respect all of her decisions and thought processes. She is a strong character with an amazing voice.
Cremer created a wonderful world filled with a cast of interested characters. I can’t wait for the next installment in this trilogy. This is one of my favorite series.