Note: This time of year is always very busy for me. Last year, I hadn't really started blogging yet, so I was able to keep myself above the craziness. This year, I am. My blog is slightly inactive due to the holiday craze. Hopefully will return to the regular posting after the new year. :)


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Wide Awake Princess - Review

 The Wide-Awake Princess by E.D. Baker
WARNING: Things highlighted in Black, like so example  are spoilers. You'll have to highlight them(such as if you were going to copy and paste it) to see what they say. This is so that people who dislike spoilers won't have to see them if they don't want to.
  This was a very cute book, but it also had tinges of maturity and action in it. Some parts you had to think about, while others were sweet and lighthearted. I don't remember finding any plot holes, but some parts were sort of...airy.
  I did enjoy reading this book, although at first glance it looked like a book for a nine year old. I suppose it was all the pink on the cover, mixed with the swirly scrawling of the word "Princess." It isn't much anything like I expected it to be. I half expected Annie to be very whiny, the princes to be arrogant,(Which some of them are, but in an entertaining way, I guess.) and the witches and beasts to be thrown into a horrible stereotype and not taken anywhere.
  Annie, however, was not whiny, not in my opinion at least. She had a very pure heart, never thinking of herself as better than anyone else, and was brave. Her main concern was always helping someone else, whether it be her sister or lost children. 
  Not all of the princes were narcissistic, in fact two of them were very nice, and one wasn't too horrible. Another wasn't vain at all, in fact, he was quite self conscious and a little bit dark, but his past was sad and his behavior was reasonable. Two princes in particular, though, got on my nerves a lot. Both were horribly full of themselves, one even going as far to pinch Gwendolyn when he kissed her in hopes it would wake her.
  The love story in this was quite sweet, to the point where I giggled slightly at certain points and did mental "Aw's." 
  Liam was charming and quite protective. I very much liked his character. 
  Overall, I was happy with the ending. Everyone found happiness and the kingdom was at peace.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

To Be Read Tuesday (#1)

Here are a couple of books that I'll be reading in the future.

Radiance by Alyson Noel 

This book is actually a companion novel to the Immortals Series, told by, instead of Ever Bloom, her younger sister Riley. I've actually already have this book, I got it for Christmas. I did enjoy the Immortals Series, from what I've read so far. The books are slightly depressing and hard for me to read. They aren't to hard for me to comprehend, the story is just tiring at times.

Riley, however, I've wanted to hear from for a while, much like Ever. I'm interested in seeing what's happened after she moved on. I did like Riley, although, having a close friend named Riley, I'm slightly biased.


Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Actually, there's a slightly funny story behind this book. I saw Demonglass, which is the sequel to this book, on another another blog I follow. Upon reading a bit about it, I found that it sounded really interesting. I somehow, did not notice it was the second book in the series.
My friend read this book with no clue that I had ever know about the sequel. She loved it, and asked me to read her blog post on it. I saw the cover and was creeped out by how similarly it looked to Demonglass. After reading the review, I investgated, only to find on Amazon that it blatantly said Demonglass (Hex Halls). On Amazon, that usually means this is a book in a series, and not the first book.

Torment by Lauren Kate

 This book, or Fallen, has already been feature on my blog multiple times. I just love the story, it's very rich.
Not only that, but I love the covers so much! I went on and on with a friend about how much we wanted the dress and gloves that the girl was wearing on Fallen. Luce, I'm willing to fight you for the gloves alone, but I know several girls who want that dress a lot, including me.
Every time I see this book, I just want to grab it off the shelf and read it while we're there. Waiting to get it is, well, torment. I practically sat down in the middle of the isle at Walmart and read the second chapter, but I got a lot of weird looks. I kept having to look down at the page number, pretend to be "glancing", and put the book back on the shelf every time someone came into the book isle. After this person left, which occasionally took a while, I'd scoop Torment back up and read quickly until I had to put it back down. What can I say, I'm hooked. (Hint, hint, Dad.)

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I know, I know, I'm way behind on this one! Most of my friends have read this series, saying only good things. I have no clue why I haven't read it yet. The plot sounds fantastic, the characters sound interesting, and the book itself seems to be written well (Walmart browsing again.)
I just really, really want to read this.

The Gift by James Patterson

I read Witch and Wizard and I loved it. I hate not knowing what's going to happen with Whit and Wisty, and I'm going crazy over it!

Once again, Dad, *hint, hint.*

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Ding Dong...Gift?

  As you guys know, it's almost Christmas. I was sitting on the couch, sipping some eggnog, watching TV, when the doorbell rang.
  Walking over the door, I wondered who would be there. It was almost eight O'clock, and I doubted anyone I knew would be there. I was right, in a way. On my doorstep, laying on the concrete, sat a book. I have no clue where it came from, or who put it there, but I picked it up. I, of course, did the cliche thing. I looked on both sides of me. I didn't see anybody there, or anybody driving away.
  The book laying there actually looks pretty good. It's called, The Wide Awake Princess. You can find it here on Amazon.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

My book wishlist!

  1. Hush, Hush – Becca Fitzpatrick
  2. Crescendo – Becca Fitzpatrick 
  3. Fallen – Lauren Kate
  4. Torment – Lauren Kate
  5. Halo – Alexandra Adornetto
  6. Beautiful Creatures – Kami Garcia
  7. Royal Blood - Ellen Schreiber
  8. Love Bites – Ellen Schreiber
  9. Before I fall – Lauren Oliver
  10. If I stay – Gayle Forman
  11. 13 Reasons Why – Jay Asher
  12. Fixing Delilah – Sarah Ockler
  13. The Replacement – Brenna Yovanoff
  14. Incarceron – Catherine Fisher
  15. Demonglass – Rachel Hawkins
  16. Unearthly – Cynthia Hand

Bangs, books, and Christmas?

   I actually got my hair cut today, so for the first time since I was five, I have bangs. The hairdresser cut my hair a bit shorter than I would've like it to be, but it's still nice. I keep having to push them away!
  Christmas is in three days, technically four, and I'm very excited! My parents cheated this year and went ahead and let me have my presents after they got them. The only present I haven't got yet are the ones my cousins got for me and I'm going insane! They got me books(and some other stuff, according to them) and I have no clue what books they got and I want to read them very badly!
  As for books, I have a lot on my wishlist. Maybe I'll get them for my birthday! It's soon, exactly three weeks after Christmas(January Fourteenth!) If you'd like to see my wishlist for books, click here.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Bad Girls Don't Die - review

Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender

  First off, I'd like to recommend this book to you if you like ghost stories. I loved this book so much, and I think it may be in my top five favorite books of all time.

 "I crept down the hall to Kaysey's room. Inside, the only light was a faint slant of yellow spilling in from the hall, illuminating a little display of threadbare rag dolls on the other side of the room. When my eyes had adjusted and the lumps of blackness had taken on furniture shapes, I began searching for her bookbag."  

  Warning: There may be some spoilers in here, but I'll keep it to a minimum. 

  This book is fantastic. I couldn't put it down, not for anything. 
Dinner's ready? Be there in a minute. 
Brielle, come with me to the store? Lemme finish this chapter. 
There's a flaming cat outside my door? That's nice.
   Personally, my favorite chapter was probably everybody's least favorite. It's the chapter where the doll is trying to get Shara to kill herself and and her daughter. Shara pushes Megan out of the door, overpowering the doll and saving her daughter.
     Alexis, the MC is humorous, memorable also. I love her thought process and her obsession with photography. She isn't a girl you'll easily forget, and it isn't just because she has pink hair.
  Kaysey, Lexi's sister, is the perfect mix of creepiness, charming little girl, obsessive freak, and bittersweet sibling. She's your average little sister, except for the fact that she's been possessed by an evil spirt, who's hell-bent on revenge, even if it means murder. Kaysey seems very real, so much that while reading the book, I wanted to save her. I wanted to smack her when I found she did something stupid.
  The only thing I disliked was her relationship with Carter Blume. It does take a very long time to get anywhere. Sorry, hopeless romantic. *Cheesy grin*

 So go out, grab yourself a copy of this book, and curl up on the couch and read it. When you get finished, tell me what you thought of it.

Monday, December 20, 2010

My friend's Bookshelf, what's on it?

I'm over at my friends house. She's quite the bookworm as well. Want a peek at what's on her bookshelf?

I'm going to post as many things as I can see!

Shelf One:

  1. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling(books 1,2)
  2. Stormy Hill by Nancy Clarke
  3. Last Lesson of Summer by Margaret Maron
  4. A Texas Legacy by Diann Mills
  5. Abe Lincoln Grows Up by Carl Sandburg
  6. The Yearling by Marjorn Rinnan Rawlings
  7. Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  8. The Riddles of Epsilon by Christine Morton-Shaw
  9. The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
  10. The Secret if Laurel Oaks by Lois Ruby
  11. Eyes Like Stars by Mantchev
  12. 1864 Addy, Story Collection (American Girl series)
  13. Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli
  14. Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender
  15. The Dead Man in Indian Creek by Mary Downing Hahn
  16. The Haunting of Derek Stone (1-4) by Tony Abbott
  17. The Ghost's Grave by Peg Kehret
  18. Eragon by Christopher Paolini
  19. The House of Night series by P.C. Cast
  20. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
  21. New Moon by Stephanie Meyer

  Shelf Two:
  1. Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
  2. The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins
  3. Mockingjay Suzanne Collins
  4. Catching Fire by SuzanneCollins
  5. Sabotaged by Margaret Peterson
  6. Sent by Margaret Peterson
  7. Immortal by Gillian Shields
  8. Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman
  9. Ghost in The Machine by Patrick Carman
  10. Distant Waves by Suzanne Weyn
  11. The Lost Hero by Rick Riorden
  12. The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riorden (books 1,2, and 4)
  13. Witch & Wizard by James Patterson 
  14. The Gift by James Patterson
  15. Deep, Dark, and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn
  16. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Shelf Three:

  1. The Kidnapped Series by Gordon Korman(books 1, 2, and 3)
  2. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  3. Chestnut Hill series by Lauren Brooke(Book 2 and 3)
  4. Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
  5. Dixie and Blizzard by Gilbert Morris
  6. The Hurricane Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  7. Willow's Underwater World by Kay Woodword
  8. Peanut Butter and Jelly Secrets by Nancy S. Levene
  9. Second Grade Star by Nancy Alberts
  10. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  11. Daughters of The Elf King by Gecko Keck
  12. Goosebumps, Welcome to Dead House by R.L. Stine
  13. A Holiday Memory by Lauren Brooke
  14. American Girls; Secret at Camp Nokomis, A Thief in the Theater, Midnight in Lonesome Hollow
  15. Goosebumps, Say Cheese and Die - Again! by R.L. Stine
  16. The Secret of The Old Clock (Nancy Drew) by Carolyn Keene
  17. The Spiderwick Chronicles (4) by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi
  18. Mystery in The Sand 
  19. A Midnight Clear
  20. The Best School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson
  21. Junie B. Jones and That Mean Jim's Birthday by Barbara Park
  22. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  23. The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
  24. Phantom Stallion by Terri Farley
  25. Ghost in the Tokaido Inn by Dorothy Hoobler
  26. The Vile Village (A series of Unfortunate Events) by Lemony Snicket

Shelf Four:

  1. Elizebeth Gail Series by Hilda Stahl
  2. Hostage
  3. Sounder by William H. Armstrong
  4. Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry
  5. The Last Holiday Concert by Andrew Clements
  6. The Summer of Riley by Eve Bunting
  7. Beacon Street Girls series (books 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)by Annie Bryant
  8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid (1 and 2) by Jeff Kinney

Go check out her blog here. Her name is Riley, but I dare you to call her "Your, Taconess."

What to do?

 I did originally have a schedule here, but I've recently decided I like being a bit more "in the moment" with my posts. I might still do some memes, but I'm having trouble figuring out who started the one's I liked. If I get that straightened out, then I'll do them again.

 I apologize for any inconvenience.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Boys are better in books.

Very true. Here are my top ten book boys. I'll provide links to the Wikipedia pages on all of the books. Beware though, there are usually A LOT of spoilers on these pages.

 10. Cal Blaire from the Sweep Series
   9. Hunter Niall from the Sweep Series
   8. Diego from The Sight (Premonitions & Disappearance)
   7. Harry Potter from Harry Potter
   6. Alexander Sterling from Vampire Kisses
   5.Nico di Angelo from the Percy Jackson Series
   4. Whit Allgood from Witch and Wizard
   3.  Robbie from Angus, thongs, and full-frontal snogging
   2. Percy Jackson from the Percy Jackson Series
   1. Daniel Grigori from Fallen

Hello world!

  I'm Brielle, but you can call me Bri, if you like. Most people do.
  I've started this blog for me to write book reviews, lists(Expect plenty of those. I like them.), and other things book related. 
  If you'd like to read a bit more about me, you can check out my profile here. 

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