Monday, December 27, 2010

62 books down, 215 days to go!

I have finished four books.
The first book is called closed for the season, by Mary Downing Hahn, which is a ghost story about two boys who are investigating a house for ghosts.  (Ages 8-14?) The next book I read is called Aries Rising, a book about a girl who can't find anything to help her get through her teen years of high school besides Astrology. (Ages 10- 14?) I also read a book about zombies who are taking over the world because of their epidemic.  Kind of boring, simply because it was overwhelmingly fast-paced.  (Ages 12-14?)  I also read My Invented Life, a book about a two sisters, a year apart, who have always competed over everything.  But when one girl fakes her sexuality, both become confused with who they really are.  (12-16?)  Great book!

Overall, okay books.  None are really recommended, though.

62 books down, 215 days to go!


Donald Duck's middle name is Fauntleroy.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

58 books down, 221 days to go!

Sorry for my lack of reading!  Sophomore year appears to be harder than normal...!  I've read two books (I know, I'm super mad at myself!), Lord of the Flies for English class, and Defect, which I got from the library yesterday.
Lord of the Flies, which most students read sometime in their schooling careers, is about a group of school boys that get stranded on an island in the middle of a war.  Science fiction, actually, since, as my teacher discussed, the was basically outlines what would have happened if the Cold War became an actual battle.  This book discusses the nature of mankind, being both depressing and hopeful.  I enjoyed it, but I hated having to read it during school.
Defect, by Will Weaver, I finished in a few hours.  Small, but with an interesting storyline, reminding me sort of X-Men with its discussions on genetic defects.  David, a teenager with a genetic abnormality--to put it lightly--is trying to find a way to fit in, but his secret is coming out.  The one problem I had was the seemingly sudden discussion of Christianity, which I felt could have been added in a little more subtly.  Overall, not a bad story.
So, 58 books down, 221 days to go, and I promise I'll get caught up!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Hey all! 56 books down, 225 days to go!

Hi!  It's me Elizabeth - again.  I finished four books, all in the same series, which just so happens to be my new favorite series of all time besides the mortal instruments.  These books are part of the My Blood Approves series.  This series is about a girl named Alice, who is in love with a vampire, and soon becomes one.  But for a while, her blood is connected to the breath-taking vampire Peter, who is her boyfriend Jack's "brother."  When this bond breaks, Peter falls to piece and moves away with his vampire friend Mae.  But when Alice's mortal friend Jane becomes a "blood-whore," someone who goes to vampire clubs and becomes a bit addict (which can kill you), and then later is murdered, Alice is out for blood.  I know it's a bad summary but I couldn't do much better because these books were all so good that when I read them I immediately moved on to the next one so it seemed like one realllyy long, amazing book.  GO FOR IT, everyone of all ages!!!! Come one come all and read this series!
Elizabeth S
56 books down, 225 days to go!
Q is the only letter in the alphabet that does not appear in the name of any of the united states!

Monday, December 6, 2010

52 books down, 236 days to go!

Hey Everyone!  I finished three books in 8 days (i know, i know, kinda lame!). I finished the first two books in in the Trylle Series, as well as When It Happens.  The Trylle series is about a girl who finds out what she hopes is a lie, that she is not her mother's child.  That she is not human.  She is Trylle who can make people do things with her mind.  But she's not just any Trylle.  She's royalty, a princess destined to rule her mother or her father's palaces, which are basically good, and bad palaces.  But she is also falling in love with her on-again-off-again "body guard."  So, that about sums up both books.  Pretty good!  When it Happens is about a girl named Sara who is falling in love with a boy named Tobey.  Too bad she already has a boy friend.  The Greek-god Dave.  Sara has never been popular so when handsome Dave asks her to be his girlfriend, she gladly accepts.  But her mind keeps going back to mysterious Tobey, with his pale skin, dark hair, and violet blue eyes.  Not to mention he is a total rock-star-wannabe slacker.  Not to mention she has a boyfriend.  But judging by the way he treats Sara maybe she won't for long.... unless, of course, Tobey likes her back like he said he did.... Good book but kinda boring.
Love, Elizabeth
52 books down, 236 days to go!
A cat's jaws cannot move sideways.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

49 books down, 244 days to go!

Hey Everyone!
I finished three  books, Beautiful Darkness, Immortal, and Hush Money.  These three books were honestly awesome!  Beautiful Darkness is the sequel to Beautiful Creatures, one of my all-time favourite books.  The second is more focused on Lena's problems, yet Ethan's life at the same time.  In this book Lena leave Ethan after she trades her life for her uncle's, the only father she ever had, and the days tick tock down to her seventeenth moon, when her evil mother tries to claim her for the dark side.  Most of this book is about Ethan, the most dreamy, adorable, sweet, amazing, thoughtful, pure, honest, loyal boyfriend ever, trying to find Lena and convince her to come back to him, and make her happy again.  Immortal was almost exactly like twilight, but it was still really fun.  In this book the main character falls in love with two men, one named Samuel and one named Duncan.  but they are not vampires.  They are immortal and cold to the touch, and they bite to turn people, but they don't suck blood. 
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that was a vampire, even though Samuel and Duncan are not "vampires".
Hush Money is about a girl named Joss in a world where Talents hide among the mortal streets, Talents being superhumans.  Joss can move things with her mind.  Kat can force pain and blindness on people.  You get the point.  So when the typical bully, Marco, who is a talent, decides its time he tells her Talented sister's secret, as well as her sort-of-INSANE father's, Joss' long time crush and Marco's best friend Dylan steps up to help out.
All three are GREAT books.  I would say the order was definitely 1. Beautiful Darkness  2. Hush Money  3. Immortal

Well, thanks for reading, guys!
In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.

Love, Elizabeth

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

46 books down, 248 days to go!!!

I have to make this quick- I read two books.  By the way, this is Elizabeth.  I read Snitch and The Extraordinary Secrets of April May and June  Snitch was okay, and April May and June was AMAZING!  I LOVED THE PLOT LINE!
This is why i have to be quick- I AM GOING TO CHINA WITH My SCHOOL! AND I NEED TO REPLY TODAY BEFORE SIX! I AM GOING TO CHINA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Love, Elizabeth
Elizabeth S. is going to CHINA!

46 books down, 248 days to go!!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

44 books down, 249 days to go!

Sorry for the long wait.  Only two books done this time.  Sorry, haven't had tons of time to read, but I have a pile waiting...
I read the next two books in House of Night.  I enjoyed these enough.  Actually, in my opinion, they were the best of the series so far.  Um, Zoey runs away with her group because of Kalona, this evil angel's, appearance.  She is attacked, hurt greviously, stuff like that.  It's not that I enjoy reading about pain, but I love the drama it adds.  The next book thickens the plotline as Kalona attempts to convince Zoey of their love.  And Stevie Rae is hiding a secret.
Overall, it's finally getting to the point where being a vampyre means something, and I can't wait to read the next book.  The only thing I'm annoyed with right now is how in Tempted, when the author switches the character being focused on, the point of view doesn't really change.  The only person with first person point of view is Zoey, and when the story focuses on another character, it's third-person limited.  Not a big fan of the changes in voice, but overall it's still a good read.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

42 books down, 258 days to go!

I, Elizabeth, have finished four more books, Perfect Chemistry and Bitten and Halfway to The Grave and Glee.  Perfect Chemistry is about a stereo-typical gang-banger who falls in love with the stereo-typical pom-pom cheerleader.  The only thing is that there lives are unimaginably hard, which others do not see.  Beautiful, meaningful novel of two opposites pulled together by fate.  Loved it....!!!! Bitten is about a women, parents dead and gone, who has grown up as anything but normal.  Elena is engaged to a man, a werewolf.  But the thing is that he has turned Elena into one as well.  She moves away from him and lives what can only described as a normal life... except for once a week- when she turned into a wolf.  But when things get complicated, Elena must move back.  Halfway to the Grave is about is about a girl named Catherine, half-vampire who hunts vampires, looking for her vampire father. When she is captured by Bones, a "vampire bounty hunter," she realizes that not every vampire is evil.  Some could even save her life.  Glee can only be described as the novel reflecting the hit Fox TV Show Series, Glee.  Wonderful "popcorn candy" read (a book read for nothing but fun with no real meaning).  Great books, overall.  Thanks for reading, Thrity-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.   Love, Elizabeth

42 books down, 258 days to go.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

38 books down, 302 days to go...

Hi!  Okay, so technically I've read two books, but one Elizabeth already blogged about, so I'm ignoring that one.  The other is A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.  Okay.  I hate Dickens.  The only reason I read this is because of Honors English 10.  Now, don't get me wrong.  The first paragraph is great, and the ending is bittersweet.  But the actual story takes forever.  Yeah, if you don't have to read this, I'd say go with Shakespeare instead.  It's easier to understand than Dickens.
For those who don't know the plot, the French Revolution is about to start in France.  With it comes the Guillotine, the newest device to behead people with.  The plot is actually pretty complicated...the two cities are London, England, and Paris, France...Yeah, I thought that this story would have been better without the page long paragraphs that Dickens felt the need to add in to bore us to death...just my opinion, though.
Love from Justi!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

37 books down, 305 days to go!

Sorry...haven't read nearly enough lately!  I've been writing, studying, practicing for an honors concert...but, hey, I finished a book I just got yesterday.  So I'm in a good mood.
I read The Lost Hero, the first book in the new series by Rick Riordan.  This is, well, a companion series to Percy Jackson and the Olympians.  Jason wakes up on a bus with no prior memory, but with two friends who apparently know him.  Soon he becomes entangled in a fight to save Hera from Mother Earth herself.  At first, it was a little hard to follow, since the Roman references didn't add up.  But the ending, which leads to the series' plot line, makes it all worth it.  Great read!
Love from Justi!

36 books down, 305 days to go!!!

HEY ALL!!!  BUSY BUSY BUSY (just wait till high school, they tell me).
I, Elizabeth Sweet, am very sorry I haven't blogged in so long.  But I finished 6 books!  YAY!
First I finished Need, a book about a girl who is obsessed with phobias, being stalked by an evil pixie in the middle of freezing no where Maine, and is in love with a-  Well, you'll see if you read it.  I LOVED this book.  It was definitely more my-age-appropriate.  Great read.
I also finished Waking the Witch, a book that my Aunt recommended. This is about a women (21 I think?? A little too old for me- but it was free since my Aunt lent it to me so I gladly read it-- losing money fast- those darned ebooks :) ) who is a witch who is also on her first real case investigating a murder with her half-demon buddy, Jesse.  Good read.
I also read Midnighters 1, 2, and 3.  Insanely good reads!!!!
And lastly I read Everlost, a book about two teens who die in a car crash, and are figuring out what it's really like to be dead, and what it means to be a "Greensoul" in the world of the Everlost.  AMAZING!! I loved it, I really did!
Love, Elizabeth
36 books down, 305 days to go!!!

Friday, October 29, 2010

30 books down, 314 days to go!

Two more books--Notes on a Near Life Experience and The Foreshadowing.
This, Notes...,  was a good book, written in, well, chapters that are basically small amounts of thoughts put together.  Mia's parent's are divorcing, so how does that change her and her two siblings?  I thought it was okay, a good mix of everything.
The Foreshadowing was exceptionally good...Sasha lives in England at the beginning of World War I.  However, she gets premonitions and feelings about death from certain people, and they are never wrong.  She runs to France when she sees something about her brother...full of self-fulfilling prophecy, gives a great amount of background about the time period, overall pretty good.
Love from Justi!

Monday, October 25, 2010

28 books down, 318 days to go!

I read two books lately, the first being The Princess Bride.  If you've ever seen the movie (which I would entirely advise), it follows that pretty well, a few differences, but a strangely comical effect that makes it a great read.  Buttercup's love, Westley, was murdered on the high seas, and now she has to marry Prince Humperdinck. (At least read it to see the awesome names!)  But when she is kidnapped to help start a war, she has to face giants, the Fire Swamp, an unwanted marriage, and a mysterious man-in-black.
The other book I finished just today is Untamed, the fourth installment in House of Night.  Zoey must reconcile with her friends in order to face a different, and very dangerous, enemy, all the while hearing about a vision in which she dies.  Happy thoughts, huh?  As per quota with this series, I was able to predict most of what happened, but it still was a fun read.
Love from Justi!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

26 books read, 320 days to go!

Hey all!  I finished the first three books in the Harry Potter books.

About three weekends ago I, Elizabeth, went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  And after seeing how great it was, I decided to read the books.  I can't even begin to explain how good they were, or what there plots were.  I am determined to read the rest of the books, but I currently have some borrowed books on my nook that I need to finish soon!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

23 books down, 326 days to go!

I'm so happy!  I finished a book in less than four hours!  Since I haven't been reading a lot lately, this means a lot to me.
Oh, and don't get mad at the book.  I read Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex.  I know that this series is geared towards mainly pre-teens, but I started reading them at that age, and I needed to read this book.  In this seventh installment of the series, Artemis is diagnosed with the Atlantis Complex, a disease spouting hallucinations, OCD, and multiple personalities.  This was the best book in the series so far, at least to me, because of some fun characters, a change of pace from constant plotting, and an interesting bad guy.  I'd read it if I were you and didn't mind some good old fantasy, which I haven't read enough of lately.
Well, 23 books down and 326 days to go.  From Justi!
The average number of people airborne over the US any given hour is 61,000.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

22 books down, 327 days to go!

I have read one ( :(  )  book so far since the last time I blogged.
Rules of Attractions, which is about tomboy Kiara who falls in love with bad-boy ("druggie") Carlos Fuentos.  This book was amazing!!!!  Please read this and I will soon be reading the first book, Perfect Chemistry, which is about Carlos' older brother, so I hope that that will be good enough for you to read as well.
I'm super tired.
22 books down, 327 days to go!

Friday, October 15, 2010

21 books down, 328 days to go

Hi!  I finished Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie.  This was a different book than what I normally read...I'm reading a lot of those hope-filled books lately.  Steven is living the high life, a drummer in All-City, trying to impress the girl of his dreams, when his little brother is diagnosed with leukemia.  This has a different format, but it gives a perspective on how his life is actually going.  The one thing I really disliked was the jump between times.  It was October, and then a few pages later it was immediately winter.  It could have had better transitions, but still, an overall good read.  I even got my brother to start it, which is a rare feat!
250 to 300 million cell phones are being used in the U.S.
Love from Justi!  21 books done, 328 days to go!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

20 books down, 330 days to go!

I read The King's Dragon, a spin off book for the British televised sci-fi Doctor Who.  This book was okay, but it flows more like a show than an actual times the details were rushed, with very little supporting scenes but a lot of intense story.  The problem was trying to include tons of politics in a small book.  It didn't work out that well.  Personally, this would have better been titled 'Fool's Gold.'  The Doctor lands in a planet known for hospitality...and finds closed doors.  Like I said, the plot is overdone, with the best elements the random comedic effect known for the show in general.  I'm not sure if I'll read another Doctor Who book, since this one was a downer for me.
Mel Blanc (the voice of Bugs Bunny) was allergic to carrots!
20 books down, 330 days to go.
Love from Justi!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

19 books down, 337 days to go!

Hello Everyone!
Happy October!!  I have read four books!  The first four books in the Vampire Diaries Series.  In these books Elena (mortal) meets two brothers.  Who both happen to be in love with her.  And who both happen to be vampires.  These two vampire brothers a very vicious and competitive towards each other and will do seemingly anything to get her.  These books were okay but not much happened in "four books".  Besides the facts that a mortal girl is being fought over by two vampire brothers.
Love, Elizabeth
19 books down, 337 days to go!
The Bible is the world’s best-selling book. The bible is also the world’s most shoplifted book. 

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

15 books down, 338 days to go!

Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams looks like a long book, but it's written in free-verse poetry, so it took me less than four hours to read...hey, I had to do homework in between every few pages!  Anyway, Hope has an okay life, money to use most of the time, a best friend, a crush...but then she walks in on her older sister holding a gun to her head.  So why is her sister now suicidal?  And why doesn't her mother want her to mention how they get money?  This book is thrilling, easy to read, and full of questions about morals and family.  So, yeah, it was pretty good.
Love from Justi!
One-third of girls in the United States get pregnant before the age of 20.
 15 books down, 338 days to go!

Monday, October 4, 2010

14 books down, 339 days to go!

I read Chosen, the third book in the House of Night wasn't as great as it should have been.  To tell the truth, these books are starting to feel like they merge together, with no obvious breaks in the plot.  Zoey must find a way to save her best friend, and undead vampyre thing, while appearing to be at ease with her boyfriend(s).  And, of course, she had to fall in love with Loren Blake, a vampyre years older than her.  She can't be content with her official boyfriend, Eric, or her *ex-boyfriend, a human who she's imprinted with.  Yeah, this is becoming really complicated.
Still, it was an interesting read, so I'm going to continue with this series.
14 books down, only 339 days to go!
It is believed that Shakespeare was 46 around the time that the King James Version of the Bible was written. In Psalms 46, the 46th word from the first word is shake and the 46th word from the last word is spear. 
Love from Justi!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

13 Books Down, 343 days to go!

Hi!  So now I just finished Betrayed, the second book in the House of Night series.  Zoey is faced with the dilemma of three guys who like her, becoming the leader of the Dark Daughters, and her fear that Neferet, her mentor, isn't as nice as she appears.  Again, the Wicca additions were wonderful, but this moved pretty fastly, the climax being the last fifty pages or so.  A lot of things were thrown at you, and, while this is only the second book in the series, it added a little too much all at once for it to be really good.  It was also pretty predictable to me...I saw what was going to happen, and I bet a lot of other readers did, too.  Enjoyable, but I hope the next book is better than this was.
J.K. Rowling is the first person to become a billionaire (U.S. dollars) by writing books.
13 books down, 343 days to go!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

12 books down, 344 days to go!

Hey!  It's me, E.
I finished 2 more books.  Clockwork Angel, By The Time You Read This I'll Be Dead.
I have to go to bed (I have a Math Test and French tomorrow- but I have to study to night) so I have to  make this quick if I want to get in any study time/ and or get sleep tonight!
Clockwork Angel is part of the spin-off series of Mortal Instruments (it was AMAZING), and By the Time You Read this I will Be Dead is a bout a girl who has attempted suicide multiple times, leaving her scarred, mute, and in a neck brace.  She plans her next death with a website called "Through-the-light" and plans each detail accordingly.  Until she meats Santana, way after she has taught herself not to feel.  Both GREAT books.

12 books down, 344 days to go!
A snail can sleep for three years.

Friday, September 24, 2010

9 books down, 349 days to go!!!

I finished another book!  Yay!  Though I'm not reading nearly enough lately...
So, I read Marked, the first book of the House of Night series by PC and Kristin Cast.  Zoey is an average teenager until she is marked as a fledgling vampyre.  Now she must leave her old life behind and create a new one in the House of Night, a, well, high school for vampyres to prepare them for the Change.  But Zoey is different than any other fledgling, and, now that she's been chosen by Nyx, she has to figure out what she was chosen to do...
This book was okay, but the climax happened a little too fast.  I liked the Greek and Wiccan, and Native American, illusions that filled the book, along with random facts from pop culture.  It took a while to fully understand what was happening, but once I got it, I thought the concept was awesome, if not exaggerated. Now I'll start working on the rest of this series...
There is a giant mushroom in Oregon that is over 2,400 years old, covers 3.4 square miles of land, and is still growing!
9 books down, 349 days to go! Love from Justi!

Monday, September 20, 2010

nooo how could you??  ahhh i was going to read that book!! i have the whole series from A.M.!!!! gasssp!  well- have fun reading it, justi.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Hola! 8 books down, 354 days to go!

Hola, amigas!  Y amigos!  Okay, Spanish is over with.  Anyway, I finished another book...
 So, I read A Crack in the Line by Michael Lawrence.  Sci-fi centric.  Alaric is a teenager who has basically lost everything after his mother died in a train wreck two years prior.  Naia, get this, is the same teenager (female version, obviously), but her mother survived that train wreck.  Parallel worlds intertwined, those two are trying to solve the mystery of why they can arrive at the other's world when they are angry or upset.
I wouldn't call it a great read...although I loved the concept, the style of writing was mostly detail, with very little action, and really big paragraphs.  That sort of turned me down.  And then, well, the ending was superbly sad.  They switch worlds.  So now Naia is stuck in a world without her mother, and her father's girlfriend moving in.  And Alaric gets the life he wanted.  I sympathize with Naia entirely.
The only thing I'm really annoyed about was how this is technically a trilogy, but my library only has the first book...I'll try to read the other two.  Anyway, this was an okay read.
100,000,000,000 tons of dynamite would have to be detonated every second to match the energy produced by the sun.
8 books and 354 days to go...
Love from Justi!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Hey everyone! 7 books down, 355 days to go!

I finished Torment, the sequel to Fallen.  I didn't especially like Fallen but a friend told me the second book was better.  I thought it was worse!  In Torment, Luce's angel-boyfriend (yes, he is a legit fallen angel) must leave her to kill off all of the Outcasts that are after Luce and want to kill her.  These Outcasts know that Luce is always reborn as the same person, falls in love with Daniel, and then dies right after.  But when Daniel leaves Luce at a Nephilim school (a school filled with half/quarter/eighth angels) and she meets Miles, he mind goes crazy.  Could it be true that she and Daniel aren't meant for each other?  That she is meant to fall in love with another human?  It was a really stupid book, even worse and more angel-oriented then the first book.  Don't read it.

On the new hundred dollar bill the time on the clock tower of Independence Hall is 4:10.
Love, Elizabeth
7 books down, 355 days to go!