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This Lullaby

 I finally got around to reading This Lullaby after much prodding from my friend. I'm not even sure what i think of it. For some reason I've had this avoidance of Sarah Dessen books. Maybe because it's so mainstream that I'll just end up thinking it's stupid like Twilight? Anyways, I read it and I guess I was pleasantly surprised. At first I really didn't like Remy, the main character. She seemed so angry and bitchy and wild all the time and I couldn't really relate to it. but a few chapters in I started to really get into it. Dexter is so weird but you end up liking him by the end. I don't know, I've read better but I've read worse. 8/10. I'll probably try reading some of her other books. I actually could not put it down. 
Now I'm reading Zenith by Julie Bertagna. 

The Reckoning

WOW it's been a while. I haven't done very much reading this past month but I'm starting to get into it again. 
Last week I read The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong, the final book in the Darkest Powers trilogy. It was really good! I don't want to give away too many spoilers, if anyone hasn't read the first two. Basically, Chloe is a necromancer - she raises the dead and can talk to ghosts. In the first book she gets put into Lyle House, a home for "disturbed" teens when doctors diagnose her with schizophrenia. Turns out there's this secret society of supernaturals, and Chloe was part of an experiment of super-enhanced supernaturals. She and her 3 friends are on the run from this company trying to kill them in this book. There's some romance, action, horror. And the author is Canadian, which is an automatic plus. 
I recommend not only this book butt eh whole trilogy. I give it 8.75/10. I could hardly put it down. 
I also read This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen. Look in the next post for the review. 

Both Sides of Time

Yesterday I finally finished reading Both Sides of Time by Caroline Cooney. It's about this girl who's originally from 1995. she is a total romantic that is unsatisfied with her boyfriend. She magically gets transported to 1895 where she meets Hiram Stratton Jr., Strat for short. He is a total gentleman of the time and they quickly fall in love. It took me a while to get into the book, but by the end i was very interested and I want to read the sequel. 7.5/10. I think it has to do with how long i took reading it that I wasn't really into it. It's my friend's favourite book who lent it to me. If you like romance and mystery it's a nice read.
I'm reading Catcher in the Rye now. Don't expect a review. That is, if anyone actually reads this. 

Spanking Shakespeare

 Well, that was fast.
I finished Spanking Shakespeare by Jake Wizner yesterday. HILARIOUS. That's the best word to describe it. Shakespeare Shapiro is unpopular. And he has a terrible name. The reason behind it is kind of unclear, but his dysfunctional parents have some different stories about it, none that I'm going to post. Shakespeare is really funny. And he's a good writer, half of the book is his "memoir" where he amusingly retells embarrassing events that shaped his childhood. There's a lot of dirty humour and teenage boy horniness. A fun read, though not recommended for kids. I'm recommending it to all my guy friends. 9/10 
And I'm still reading that weird time-travel thing.....


 It's taken me a while to remember to write a review for Incarceron by Catherine Fisher. But here I am. 
Incarceron is a weird blend of science fiction and fantasy. We meet Finn, a prisoner, in the first chapter. It's really confusing. Then you meet Claudia, the Warden of the Prison's daughter who's trying to get out of an arranged marriage with the heir of the Kingdom. What's weird is that this story happens in the future with giant technological advances, but there's a law where they live in an "Era" and change isn't allowed. Anyways, theres all this stuff about trying to get out of Incarceration and where it is and why it's alive and evil. 
I had some really high expectations for this book. But while the whole concept and storyline was really cool, I got kind of frustrated in the beginning because it was SO confusing. By the end I was really into it, though, and it was still a really good book. Not really a favourite though. 9/10? 8.5/10? 8.75/10. Thats cool. 
I'm kind of reading two books, right now, Spanking Shakespeare by Jake Wizner and Both Sides of Time bye Caroline Cooney. One's a dirty teenage boy mind and the other's a romantic teenage girl falling in love with some guy from 1895. 

Finnikin of the Rock

 Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta was GREAT. I love a good fantasy book and I loved this. The story line is actually so long and there's all these twists and turns. So I'll just copy the book jacket description and you can have a look for yourself: 
Wait no, just the link: www.melinamarchetta.com.au/novelsfinnikin.html 
Anyways, I was a really great fantasy novel. the characters were really complex and interesting, and Finnikin and Evanjalin's relationship was probably the best part. There were actually quite a few dirty jokes and innuendos (On teaching how to hold a sword, a soldier guy goes "Not to tight! Hold your sword like you'd want a woman to hold your....") Yeah. It was fun. :) I wouldn't recommend it to young teens, 15 and up is better. But for anyone else, read it! Especially if you know you like fantasy. I give it a 9.5/10! Now I need to go read more of Marchetta's work. 
I don't know when my next review will be. I'm trying to expand my horizons and read classics, I'm on chapter 3 of Jane Austen's Emma now. I need to be in a certain mood to read those. 

A Match Made in High School

 I read A Match Made in High School by Kristin Walker the other day. Well, Sunday night, actually, all in one sitting for about 3 hours. I really liked it! Fiona is a loner except for her best friend Mar and she basically doesn't give a crap about what anyone thinks about her. Except for Gabe, the guy she's been crushing on since the third grade. On the first day of school the senior class gets a surprise from their recently-divorced principal: they'll all have to take a marriage simulation course in order to graduate. They'll get randomly partnered up for the rest of the year. She gets picked by basically the boyfriend of her arch-nemesis. At first they hate each other. The story continues. I won't spoil it, but it wasn't that predictable. Or maybe it was and I just suck at predicting. Either way, i Highly recommend it for a funny chicklit read to occupy a couple hours of your time. 8.5/10. 
Next up is Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta. It's March Break, a review should come soon. 


 Everlost by Neal Shusterman is my latest read. It was very good! The story starts with Nick and Allie getting into a car crash, being in a tunnel and bumping into each other on the way to the light. they become Afterlights, which is basically a cooler way of saying ghosts. Only kids under the age of 17 can become afterlights. And you sink into the ground if you stay in one place for too long. It's not just people's spirits that become ghosts, buildings and objects can too. Anything that was loved enough to bring it into the afterlife. Anyways, Nick and Allie go on this whole adventure with this other boy they meet who they name Lief. They meet Mary Hightower. Nick is attracted to her. I'll leave it at that. 
I thought this was a very interesting premise for a book. I haven't really read many stories about ghosts and it was pretty cool. The characters are pretty relatable and there's quite a few twists and turns. I definitely enjoyed it, though I wish I had read it faster because I ended up reading it in small parts over about a week and a half so I didn't get the full effect of it. I love Neal Shusterman though, and I'm definitely picking up the sequel (I think it's called Everlight?) when I get a chance. 8/10
Today I picked up A Match Made in High School by Kristin Walker and Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta. I am veryyyy excited to start reading those! Reviews to Come...


 So I finished reading Downsiders by Neal Shusterman after staying up way too late reading last night. I think it was worth it. 
I picked up Downsiders because i read Unwind by the same author and it was amazing. One of those books you never get out of your head. So anyways, Downsiders is a scifi book about this secret world underneath new york city. its based on old subway lines and there's all these tunnels. The Downsiders think that the Topside is a scary, dangerous, evil place and they're lucky to live underground. They even rescue people from the topside. One day a Downside boy who has always been curious about the Topside goes up to find medicine for his sick little sister, even though it's against the law. There he meets Lindsay from the Topside. they become friends and even develop a bit of a romance.  When the Downside is threatened they work together to try to figure out how it got there and how they can save it. 
I thought this was a really interesting read, and some of the facts made you believe that it really happened. Is still happening. It's one of those sci-fi books that happens in the present day so it can be hard to separate fact from fiction. I kind of wish i knew what happened after, it left you with a cliffhanger ending and I really wanted to know about some secondary characters. Overall, I recommend it. 8/10
Next I'm reading another Shusterman novel, Everlost. It's gotten some really good reviews so I'm excited even though the synopsis is kind of weird. I really want to read Hex Hall, thanks to Seventeen magazine, and I think it's coming out this week so there may be a review soon. Along with other books on my wishlist like firespell, going bovine, and leviathan. :) 

Bewitching Season

 Holy wow I just really noticed the title of this book. Wow. Anyways, I've been reading Bewitching Season by Marissa Doyle for the past week and I finally finished it! I really liked it. Twins Persephone and Penelope (aka Pen and Persy) are witches. They are also society girls, daughters of a Lord, in Britain, in 1837. Life can get kind of complicated. Especially when Persy's crush comes back after years away at school, right in time for the season when they come out into society. But he seems to be spending a lot of time hanging out with her sister Pen (no wonder he does, Persy's so shy) so in a drunken night she casts a love spell on him and deeply regrets it later. On top of it all the Twins' governess disappears and they take it upon them selves to find her. 
It's a really good read from debut author Marissa Doyle, I recommend it for lovers of romantic historical fiction (such as me) 8.5/10

Now I've been reading two book, How to Ditch your Fairy by something or other, and Downsiders by Neal Shusterman. I'm halfway through the Fairy one and it's rather dumb so I wouldn't count on a review. But Downsiders looks promising. 


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