Saturday, November 27, 2010

Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler

Hello! I know it has been forever. I am so sorry about that. I was having computer troubles and then I really needed a break from the Internet. I have barely touched my computer recently. I have been reading though, as always. So, lots and lots of reviews to come.

Title: Fixing Delilah
Author: Sarah Ockler
Author website:
Rating: 5
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

Computer Problems

I'm having some computer problems, but I will be back to posting reviews daily soon. Thank you! :)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Blog hop

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

Nightsahde- Andrea Cremer

As many of you know this month is National Novel Writing Month. I am participating this year. It is my first year participating. My reviews may slow down this month because I will be focusing on NaNo, but I am hoping to still continue with a review Monday-Thursday and Blog Hop/Follow Friday on Fridays. I'm ahead in my posting schedule so hoping I can keep it this way during this month, but if I fall behind or I don't respond as quickly. I apologize in advance for any of that. If any of you are participating in NaNo, good luck!! :)

Title: Nightshade
Author: Andrea Cremer
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Rating: 5
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.

Monday, November 1, 2010

It's Not Summer Without You- Jenny Han


Title: It's Not Summer Without You
Author: Jenny Han
Author website:
Rating: 3
Cover rating: 4
Description: Last year, all of Belly's dreams came true and the thought of missing a summer in Cousins Beach was inconceivable. But like the rise and fall of the ocean tide, things can change--just like that. Suddenly the time she's always looked forward to most is something she dreads. And when Jeremiah calls to say Conrad has disappeared, Belly must decide how she will spend this summer: chasing after the boy she loves, or finally letting him go.

Well, I hear a lot of rave about this series. And, honestly, it is something that I don't understand. Do you ever have those books that everyone loves and you hate? Or a book everyone hates and you adore? Well, this is one of those series that I don't like, but it seems like everyone else does.

I liked this novel a whole lot more than the first novel and I think that is because we also got to read from Jeremy's point of view. It gave me a little breather away from Bellie. I think my problem is Bellie. She annoys the crap out of me. I can't pin point why, but she is just one of those people that I don't enjoy spending a lot of time with. I like her, but I can only take her in little increments, but I find that I try to rush through this novel so I can finish Bellie's story. I want to finish quickly do I don't have come back to her. I really enjoyed Jeremy's point of view. I felt like I could breathe when he was telling the story.

These novels are well written though. I enjoy the plot. I love Jeremy. I think Conrad is a dipshit and isn't worth Bellie's time. Bellie annoys me, but I feel the need to read these novels. I know I will be reading the last novel in the trilogy. Although I probably won't buy it. I'll check it out from the library.