Saturday, November 30, 2013

This is a is a meme by Tynga's Reviews. It's all about sharing the books added to your shelves, either physical or virtual.

The Dollhouse Asylum by Mary Gray
How to Love by Katie Cotugno
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
Horde by Ann Aguirre
The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

For review:
The Warrior and the Flower by Camille Picott

ResilientResilient by Patricia Vanasse (e-copy)


Flawless by Jennifer McGill-Sadera (e-copy)

What books did you get this week? Leave me some links (:

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Goodreads Summary
It's 1996, and Josh and Emma have been neighbors their whole lives. They've been best friends almost as long - at least, up until last November, when Josh did something that changed everything. Things have been weird between them ever since, but when Josh's family gets a free AOL CD in the mail,his mom makes him bring it over so that Emma can install it on her new computer. When they sign on, they're automatically logged onto their Facebook pages. But Facebook hasn't been invented yet. And they're looking at themselves fifteen years in the future.

By refreshing their pages, they learn that making different decisions now will affect the outcome of their lives later. And as they grapple with the ups and downs of what their futures hold, they're forced to confront what they're doing right - and wrong - in the present.


So I think I avoided this book for a while before I finally decided to pick it up at the library. I had read 13 Reasons Why a while ago and I guess because I don't remember too much of it, I assumed the same would happen with this book. Regardless, I picked it up and I'm glad I did.

I really liked Josh from the beginning. Emma? It took me a while to get used to her. But eventually she grew on me, too. Both of them annoyed me at times. But if I were in the same position... I can't say I blame them.
Josh, for example. He ends up married to some rich, apparently hot girl. It's sweet of him to realize that she's a real person. But it was so annoying to see how long that took. He was so focused on being married to her and having kids and being "successful". Can I understand? Sure, I guess. Who wouldn't want an attractive spouse and a big house and beautiful twins? It was just hard to reconcile that future with what was going on in the present.
Emma was more annoying, though. She denied a very obvious fact. Right from the beginning. And then she was upset about her future. I get that a woman shouldn't have to give up her happiness for a guy. Example: in one future, she becomes a marine biologist but has to move far from the ocean because of her husband. I can see why that's upsetting. She's not happy in the future. But what did she expect? In the present she's shunning her best friend and has a crush on some jerk.
Like I said, it's understandable. I still love them, because they're real. These are real issues, you know?

It started off slow, what with the plot and character building. I was lost for a few pages, because I was trying to figure what the heck had happened to Emma and Josh. But then it was revealed and my annoyance subsided and I realize it wasn't so bad. It was a good little mystery.
The whole concept was intriguing. Especially with all the twists and turns. The futures Josh and Emma "originally" had (I use this word loosely because everyone who's read about time travel knows how complicated it can get) were pretty crazy. Josh is totally excited for his, but Emma is totally not. So she does everything she can to change it and...
Well I won't give the plot away, but I thought it was pretty believable. If you're not happy with your future, you're going to try to change it. If you're not happy, you're going to do whatever you can to not change anything.
That being said, it was a really great book. I enjoyed it very much.

Side note:
This book made me think a lot about the future. What do I want? How far would I go to change it?
It also made me think about the present. What am I doing now that could negatively affect my future? What should I do, or not do, to positively affect my future?
Now, some of these are obvious. Don't do drugs, stay in school, all that good stuff. But I mean other than that. Who are my real friends? Who's friend's kids will call me their aunt? You know?
What kind of person do I want to marry? Do I already know that person? Should I have to make sacrifices to be with that person?
Good questions for later.

Rating: 4 stars

Why: Really enjoyable. It made me think a bit. I didn't absolutely fall in love with it, but I do like it a lot.

Recommendation: Contemporary readers. Sci-fi readers. Mainly people who like time travel and romance.

Favorite quotes:

“"I don't know exactly what it is, but it looks like interconnected websites where people show their photos and write about everything going on in their lives, like whether they found a parking spot or what they ate for breakfast."
"But why?" Josh asks.”  

“Why does it say she has three hundred and twenty friends?" Josh asks. "Who has that many friends?”  

“What the hell happened to Pluto?!”  

“How can you call it love when it hurt you so badly?"
"It was love because it was worth it.”  

“I've always protected myself when it comes to love. And maybe that's the problem. By not letting myself get hurt now, it ripples into much bigger pain later.”

“If I had a chance with him, I missed it. No, I didn't miss it. I threw it away.”

“People grow apart, and sometimes, there nothing anyone can do about it.”  

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

So today is Thanksgiving. In honor of my favorite holiday, I will do this post about all the things I am thankful for.

First off, I'm thankful for this holiday. I rarely see them anymore and this is one of the few times I actually do get to see them. In the past, we've gone to my aunt's house. All my cousins and aunts and uncles go and we eat a lot. We talk, watch movies, play Loteria... The past few times, we looked up videos on YouTube, took tons of pictures, and posted some of them on Instagram. Times have changed.
I'm one of the youngest cousins and it's weird for me. I can't even imagine how weird it is for my sister, who's five years younger. The closest cousin to my age is actually my second cousin. And now she's a freshman in college. Shocking stuff.
I'm glad I have the memories though. Thanksgiving will always be special to me.

Of course, I'm thankful for my family. Like I mentioned already, I rarely see them. But they've done a lot for me over the years. One of my aunts used to babysit me and me sister. She took care of us for 6 years. Those are times I absolutely loved.
Another one of my aunts (my great-aunt, actually) took care of me before that. Her daughter is my best friend in the whole entire world, so that was cool, of course. Emily and I used to play with Barbies and baby dolls. We'd dress similarly and go swimming in the little inflatable pool in the backyard. We're more grown up now, so instead of doing all that, we watch movies on Netflix, talk about life, and eat way too much junk food. Last summer we went to Six Flags. I haven't seen her much since then. School and life gets in the way, sometimes.

Which brings me to friends.
I tend to be a bit paranoid and pessimistic. I have a hard time truly believing that people genuinely care about me. I'm trying to get over that. More on that later.
But I am very thankful for the friends I have. Whether they get my bookish obsessions or not is irrelevant. They accept me for who I am and would never abandon me.
As for my best friend, he's an entirely different discussion. I'm beyond thankful for him. I was in a rough spot when we first started talking and I still can't believe he stuck around. He owed me nothing, he barely knew me. Now for all you romantic freaks out there, it's not because he magically fell in love with me (sometimes I wish that was the case though). The truth is, he was getting over a breakup. And when he got over her, instead of falling for the girl that helped him out, he fell for some other girl. Am I bitter about that? I think so. I try not to be, but it does suck. She's so annoying and it's insulting that he liked her but not me. And it didn't even last long. So I had to help him through yet another breakup. I digress. The point is we've been through a lot. I feel like he really gets me. I love that so much.

As for school, I am not thankful for all the homework and stress. I am thankful for some of the teachers though. My English teacher last year was absolutely phenomenal. I will always be thankful for her. She opened my eyes to a new way of thinking and introduced me to knew poetry and I was surprised by how much I liked the stuff we read. I did not know anybody in that class, nor did I try. (I'm not exactly a social person.) But I loved that class. Just because of her.
I also love my history teachers. I really like learning history and hearing them talk about stuff that happened hundreds of years ago and relate it to today... It's amazing. I love it.

Then there's things like a roof over my head, food on the table, clothes on my back. Those everyday things you don't think about unless you don't have them. I have to share a room, but honestly I don't mind. Because what's the alternative? Granted, I don't know what the alternative is. Sharing a room with a sibling is not always ideal. But there isn't anywhere else I can sleep, so I don't complain.
I've moved quite a few times during my life. I just moved to this house a year and a half ago. I really like this house. Sure, I had my own room in the last house. And my own book shelf. But here, we have a den. And I love our den.
We won't be living here much longer. My family will move regardless of where I go to college. Whether I move with them, or away from them, totally depends.

I'm not sure how to word this, but I'm thankful that I'm going to college. That my parents are going to help out as much as they can. It means a lot that I don't have to worry about that. Other people aren't so lucky. Maybe when I get out of college, I won't have thousands of dollars in debt. That's what my parents hope, anyways.

I'm thankful for all the family vacations I've been on with my parents and my sister. I have yet to go out of the country, but I have been to several other states. Traveling is definitely something I enjoy. I'm glad I get to do that with my family.

I feel like I'm forgetting a lot, but I realize that I'm really fortunate. I have a family, a house, good health. I really should take care of myself better. Better diet and regular exercise and all that. But I'm young, and who thinks about that when they're young?

I'm thankful for everyone I've ever met. Because in some way or another, they've made a difference in my life. I'm not saying they're all huge, earth-shattering differences. But little things here and there. I'm trying to be a better person. I know what my flaws are. I just wish I was better at fixing them.
I'm thankful for all of those that have been helping me along the way.

I'm thankful for my uncle, Arlee Bird. That may be a familiar name to some of you. It's because of him that I started blogging. I disappeared for a while. And honestly, it's been a while since I've seen him in person, too. But I'm glad that he introduced me to this world.
I'm glad that I came back. I started writing again, reading again. I stumbled across so many awesome blogs. I've got new books, and more to look forward to. I know I'm terrible at visiting. Life is so overwhelming at times. There's so much to do. But there are several bloggers that I would love to know better. I won't list them here because I think that's weird. But you get the idea.

So I feel like this is a super long post. I'm not sure if anybody will actually read this. But if you've made it this far, thanks for reading. Sorry if it seemed like a rant at times.

Happy Thanksgiving everybody.
God bless.

aka Joanna
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

This is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine where bloggers from all over spotlight an upcoming release they're waiting on(:

This week I can't wait to read:

The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine
The Promise of Amazing
Goodreads Summary:
Wren Caswell is average. Ranked in the middle of her class at Sacred Heart, she’s not popular, but not a social misfit. Wren is the quiet, “good” girl who's always done what she's supposed to—only now in her junior year, this passive strategy is backfiring. She wants to change, but doesn’t know how.

Grayson Barrett was the king of St. Gabe’s. Star of the lacrosse team, top of his class, on a fast track to a brilliant future—until he was expelled for being a “term paper pimp.” Now Gray is in a downward spiral and needs to change, but doesn’t know how.

One fateful night their paths cross when Wren, working at her family’s Arthurian-themed catering hall, performs the Heimlich on Gray as he chokes on a cocktail weenie, saving his life literally and figuratively. What follows is the complicated, awkward, hilarious, and tender tale of two teens shedding their pasts, figuring out who they are—and falling in love.

Expected publication:
December 31, 2013 by Balzer + Bray

Why I can't wait:
Something about it just catches my attention. It's a mix of the cover and synopsis. An awkward beginning to a maybe relationship? Yes, I love it already. I'm honestly considering preordering it or something. Am I crazy? Possibly. I never do that.
I'll most likely wait for a few more reviews to pop up. Goodreads has some mixed ones, but none of them seem too bad... Keeping my expectations low, but I still can't wait to read it for myself.
What are you waiting for? Leave me links in the comments!(:

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!
This is a feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week there's a new theme and bloggers from all over choose their top ten.
This week's theme is...

Top Ten Things I Am Thankful For

I am going to mix this up, my top ten will include books and people!

1. My family
This one is pretty obvious for me. I don't know what I'd be without them. My parents are really supportive. I do get my pessimism from them, but that's besides the point. They believe in me and I'm thankful for that. I hope to make them proud one day.
I also have some pretty great cousins. I don't see them too often, but we always have a good time when we finally get together. Some of my favorite memories were with them. Fro, glow sticks to good food, movies to water gun fights... Most of my cousins are adults, but we all act like kids.

2. My sister
She doesn't think so, but I really do love her. I'm just not great at showing it. Love is not an emotion I communicate well. (Reason I don't want to have kids. But anyways.) Most of the time, she truly believes that I hate her. Which sucks a lot, but I'm not sure how to change it. I do yell at her a bit. To pick up her toys, clean up her half of the room, put her clothes away, take a shower, do this, do that.
But I am honestly just trying to protect her from my parents, who get mad more easily than I do.
She takes it personally either way, but at least I don't make her cry.
Not that she sees it that way. She is only ten.
But would you rather be yelled at by a sibling who's looking out for you, or your parents?
I'm so much more lenient. And I hate seeing her cry.
I babysit her a lot (it seems like it, anyways). We usually watch TV or movies. Eat in the living room. Stay up late. Not much talking about important stuff, I suppose. It's awkward and I don't know how to go there. But I'm glad I have her. She means everything to me. All I want to do is protect her....

3. My cousin/best friend
Her name is Emily, and I've known her my whole life. She's exactly nineteen days older than me. She's weird and funny and we've been through everything together. We don't really text much. I really think it's weird texting her, because my whole life, I've been going over to her house and talking to her in person. It's so much easier. We can talk about pretty much anything. Not a lot of book talks, because I'm way more into them than she is. But she did recommend The Outsiders to me. And we both read My Sister's Keeper. And we watched the movie together.
Usually we watch movies and TV shows off of Netflix. We tend to make fun of them, because that's just fun.
We talk about school, drama, guys, drama, family, drama. I could never ask for a better friend. She's amazing and she means so much to me.

4. My best guy friend
Yeah, he's my boyfriend. But he was my friend first. I won't get into the whole story here. But he means a helluva lot to me. I'm not exactly a social person IRL. He's one of the few people who can talk to me everyday and not get tired of me. Sadly, I mostly talk to him through text. I don't need to explain why that's sad, right? I wish I could see him more in person. Sure, I see him at school, but it's no more than 30 minutes, and it's scattered through the day. Which sucks a lot.
I wish we could hang out more. Watch movies at my place, lay in the grass in my backyard and talk. I love spending time with him. He's weird and funny and sweet and caring... Is he immature? Sure, aren't all teenagers? But he's no more so than I am. It seems like we really understand each other. He gives me a new perspective, and I will always be thankful for that.

5. My friends
I know this is about as general as my family. But such is life.
I don't have too many people that I'd consider my friends. But I do have a few. I love them all for different reasons. I have the one I see every day. We're in yearbook together. It's nice to know that I always have her to hang out with. We're always laughing and making jokes that nobody but us understands.
I have the one who is always happy. Which is a nice contrast because I am rarely that enthusiastic about life. She acts childish but not in a bad way at all. She always reminds me of those better, simpler times. I'm not exactly old, but she keeps me young.
I have my fellow book lover. Yesterday, she was on the verge of buying me Divergent and I didn't even know. Until I told her I already had it and she was like, good thing you told me, I was about to buy you a copy! Seriously, she's great. I'm always recommending books to her (because I'm a lot more involved in book news and book reviews.) And we obsess over the same guys (in books.) And it's great having someone to fangirl with.
Do I have others? Yeah, I have my fellow weirdo that I've known since second grade. I don't see her much anymore, because we're both pretty busy. But she still tells me everything. When I go over on Fridays, we tend to talk and watch Cold Case and eat food and/or candy. I love those Fridays. We both also love Avatar. As in, The Last Airbender. And the Legend of Korra. It's great stuff and I love watching it with her.

Marley & Me Illustrated Edition: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog6. Marley and Me by John Grogan
This was the book that ultimately led to my love of books. I read this in fourth grade. Yes, it's an adult book. At the time, I didn't even know some of the references it made.
Ever since that first time, I've been constantly in a state of rereading it. When I finish it, I immediately start over again. That being said, I don't read it all the time. I've been on the same page since about this time last year. But I've read it at least five times. In what? 6 years? I honestly love this book. It says an awful lot about life, and what's really important. It's my inspiration in so many ways. I've always loved dogs and one day I hope to have one of my own.

The Art of Racing in the Rain
7. The Art of Racing in the Rain
Yet another book about a dog. This one told from a dog's POV. I read this for the first time a couple years ago. I had had my eye on it for a while. I've read this one about two or three times. I haven't started rereading it again because I just don't have time. Plus, it's one that takes a while to digest. It's not really long, but it has a lot of stuff going on. The plot is fast-paced. There's great symbolism and philosophy. It's truly amazing and after a long debate became my favorite book ever. Adult? I think it is. But I read it out of my love of deeper thinking. And a long history in YA, which I still love.


8. Morganville Vampires
YA series by Rachel Caine. I read the first ones in my early days of YA reading. I was in middle school and these books seemed interesting enough, as well as short. At the time, there were maybe 6 books? 8? I had no idea it would extend itself into 15 books. Or that it'd be so damn amazing.
This series is what made me realize everything I love in a YA:
action, adventure, romance, plot twists, interesting characters, and the perfect mix of humor and seriousness.
I think this series is wonderfully written and it inspires my writing style. Do I write like Rachel Caine? Of course not. But her elements and techniques intrigue me and I hope to convey a little bit of that. I feel like it's good YA writing.

9. Richelle Mead
I read Vampire Academy shortly after reading Twilight. It made me hate Twilight. I'm not even kidding. I felt like I had been so ripped off by Stephenie Meyer because here was Richelle Mead, writing about vampires, in a VERY AWESOME way. Nothing like Twilight stuff. There was real action, real danger, real characters that I could connect with. Realistic situations. You know, as realistic as vampire situations can be. And the love? While I eventually grew to dislike Dimitri, I'll admit it's way better than Edward and Bella. I will never admit anything good about Dimitri again.
My true love here is Adrian and while I wouldn't go for guys like him in real life, I found my type of book boyfriends. Lost souls, like Adrian.


10. Sarah Dessen
The first book I ever read by her was The Truth About Forever. I was really impressed. It really got me into contemporary. Her books always seemed to relate to issues I had, in some way or another. Like trying to be perfect, or afraid to tell the truth, or afraid to fall in love, or unsure about whether or not I should go to college far from home. It touches me and gives me a new perspective for all of these issues. That's not to say I'll do exactly what her characters to. But I have some thought process to refer to.
And it really helps. I will always be thankful to Sarah Dessen for that.

What's your top ten? Link me up(:

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Monday, November 25, 2013

POWEREDRelease date: November 28th 2013
Published: 336Love

Goodreads Summary:
Maci Might's sixteenth birthday is supposed to be the day she's awarded Hero status. But thanks to a tiny anger problem and a questionable family tree, King City's elders think it's best if she doesn't join the Hero ranks. Determined to change their minds, Maci will break whatever rule it takes to prove she's Hero material. As her hair darkens and her anger grows, everyone turns against her except Evan; a childhood friend turned scientist who may be able to unlock the secrets hidden in her DNA.

When a villain attacks King City and her dad is held prisoner, Maci discovers a truth she refuses to believe. She may not be a Hero after all—but this time the Heroes of King City need her more than she needs them. And she won't let them down.

I feel like this superhero genre (maybe subgenre?) is a really cool thing. It seems to be emerging, is it just me? Maybe it's because I've never read a superhero novel before and I've read two in a row? Who knows? But I was excited when I finally got my hands on this one (figuratively speaking, because it was an e-book). And holy cow, if I had had the time to read it all at once I would have. This was amazing.

So this book is told all the way through from Maci's POV. I swear, I fell in love with her in exactly two pages. She starts off strong, her character is great. Does it have flaws? Duh! But that's what makes her interesting. Especially because she probably is evil, but she tries so had to be good. I love books that make me think, and Maci sure did make me think. (More on that later.)
Evan starts off as a minor character but I guess correctly at his role later. Literally, the second he showed up. I knew. But he was pretty great regardless. He's all smart and dorky and he's so fun! I would love to hang out with him. Book boyfriend? Almost. But saying why would spoil everything, so I'll talk about that later(:
Crimson is Maci's best friend. Apparently she's pretty hot. Not that I would know at all. But she is pretty cool. Doesn't play that big of a role. She starts big but the plot drowns her out pretty fast.
There's also Maci's dad and her brother. They're mostly talked about but not around for most of it. Still, they make it interesting.
Other than that, there aren't too many characters. Most are minor, but I suspect they'll be major characters later. There's Pepper, the costume designer. He reminds me of Cinna, but that is all I will say.
 A character named Aurora shows up, as well as a hooded figure who I will not reveal. So I'm definitely excited to learn more about them.

I thought this book was great. The characters were interesting, I was emotionally involved. There were omigod-I-can't-believe-that-just-freakin-happened moments all over the places. VERY EXCITING. I was able to guess a few things. Example: I knew exactly who that hooded figure was. Mostly because that's exactly what I would've done. So even though it was predictable, I appreciated it a lot.
I will warn you though. It starts off right away, with the action and excitement. And then the middle is a lot of filler pages. Where nothing really happened.
Here's the deal. I see what Cheyanne Young did and why. However it slowed down the pacing a lot. Did I like it? Yeah. It got the the essential YA love part over with. And then it was over and went back to the fast pace.
Yes, it seemed at odds with Maci's character. Because she's determined and she pretty much does what she wants. So I was surprised that she let herself be holed up for so long. But at the same time, that lull brought a lot of information to the table.
So, yes, it's exciting. But watch out for that middle part. And know that the action returns and the ending is CRAZY. I cannot stress enough that I loved it. I am so looking forward to that next book.
For the record, that ending was totally Maci.

Side note:
I just want to point of the thoughts this book provoked. I'll discuss them fully later, but I want to bring them up now. Just in case there are fellow deep thinkers out there.
This book raises the question of good vs evil a lot. Everyone thinks Maci is evil. She's determined to prove that she deserves Hero status. I admire that so much. But it makes me wonder: what makes someone evil? A gene in your DNA, like Evan was trying to locate? Or something greater? Can you choose?
Can you really overcome your own nature?
There's the question of what's right and wrong. Do people deserve to die if they've killed? Do we have the right to decide that?
I will leave you with those thoughts.

Rating: 4.5 stars

Why: it was amazing. I loved it so much I'm willing to overlook the slow-paced middle. The beginning and ending made up for it. Maci herself made up for it. Great stuff

Sci-fi lovers. Anyone who thinks they might like the superhero genre (or subgenre or whatever it is). Also anyone who likes action and amazing plot twists


About the Author
Cheyanne is a native Texan with a fear of cold weather and a coffee addiction that probably needs an intervention. She loves books, sarcasm, nail polish and paid holidays. She lives near the beach with her daughter, one spoiled rotten puppy and a cat who is most likely plotting to take over the world.

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

I wasn't going to do one (again), but then I realized I got a few review copies, so yay!

This is a is a meme by Tynga's Reviews. It's all about sharing the books added to your shelves, either physical or virtual.

For review:
Branded (Sinners, #1)Branded

Mounting the WhaleMounting the Whale

Both Sides NowBoth Sides Now

Class of '98Class of '98

Auracle by Gina Rosati (signed!)
Thank you, lovely people from Fantasy Book Addict!

It by Stephen King
The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkau

What books did you get this week? Leave me links :D

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Friday, November 22, 2013

The Lonely Hearts Club (The Lonely Hearts Club, #1)Goodreads Summary:
Love is all you need... or is it? Penny's about to find out in this wonderful debut.

Penny is sick of boys and sick of dating. So she vows: no more. It's a personal choice. . .and, of course, soon everyone wants to know about it. And a few other girls are inspired. A movement is born: The Lonely Hearts Club (named after the band from Sgt. Pepper). Penny is suddenly known for her nondating ways . . . which is too bad, because there's this certain boy she can't help but like. . . .

A long, long time ago, I got this book from the library. Sometime around the time it first came out. I never got the chance to read it because of school and other books that I probably deemed more important. After I returned it, I never thought about it again. And then a couple months ago, I was looking through my to-read list on Goodreads and I was looking specifically for books that I never had the chance to read. So, older books. And I stumbled across this one. And I got it from the library. It was such a fun read! I read it in a weekend and it was so great!

So I felt like I really had a lot in common with Penny. I was really surprised that I still liked her. She was funny and rather mature, although still naïve. Was she confused at times? Of course. Who isn't?
Was she maybe overreacting? Maybe, but it wasn't really a bad thing at all. The very idea is admirable. What are boys anyways? Annoying, immature liars. Oh, except maybe-
But I won't ruin that, in case you haven't read it!
I will say that I liked him from the beginning and :D
He's really sweet. And I liked how Penny handled the situation. In the end, I feel she made the right choice. But I won't say more, I promise.
Some other interesting characters would be Diana and Tracy. I'll admit I sometimes read a little too fast, so they got a bit mixed up in my head. As far as, who's talking now? Because Diana was a former friend of Penny's. And Tracy is Penny's new best friend. And they really are pretty different. It was when they actually agreed that I was rereading to see who said what. But I wouldn't consider that a flaw on the book's part. That's all me there. My brain is naturally scattered.

The plot was rather simple. It's a realistic fiction, with quite a few Beatles references, starting with the title. Did you notice? Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band? It's the source of many humorous moments.
I don't know if I'd say this book is *original*, but it certainly is entertaining. I always love a new perspective and I felt like I got that. It was funny when it needed to be, serious when it needed to be. Overall, I feel it was well-written for such a simple plot. There are a couple twists that I didn't really expect. Not like- holy cow someone died! But certainly changes in perspective.

Rating: 3.5 stars

Why: great weekend read, with the right amount of depth (which I love in any book)

Recommendation: people into YA contemporary, as well as people looking for a light read or a good laugh

Favorite Quotes:
“I wondered if it would've been too subtle to wear a T-shirt that said thank you for your interest, but I am no longer dating.
I knew Todd, wasn't a huge fan of reading, but he did like to stare at my shirts.”

“I tried to remember what Rita had said about being a bigger person. I could either calmly tell him that he was mistaken or let him have it. I could be the bigger person or I could be like any normal sixteen-year-old.
Like there really was a choice.
"First off, you ever call me a babe again and no medical team on earth will be able to tell that you were once a guy."
I was only sixteen after all.”

“There was only one thing I could do to ease the pain. I turned to the only four guys who'd never let me down. The only four guys who'd never broken my heart, who'd never disappointed me.
John, Paul, George, and Ringo.
Anybody who has ever clung to a song like a musical life raft will understand. Or put on a song to bring out an emotion or a memory. Or had a soundtrack playing in their head to drown out a conversation or a scene.”

“He was a guy. A guy guy. As far as I was concerned, he probably had the dead bodies of small children and puppies hidden in his locker.”

“And I did deserve everything I wanted -- somebody who would appreciate me, someone I could trust, someone who liked me for me.”  

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

This is a feature created by Jessi over at Novel Heartbeat. Each week there will be a non-book-related topic that we can discuss. This is to give us a chance to get to know each other better(:
This week's topic is

Favorite Bands 

Which is great, because I am a total music lover :D
Jack's Mannequin
I was first introduced to their music in middle school. Back then I only knew Dark Blue and Rescued. In the summer between middle school and high school (I'd like to think, anyways. I don't remember too well.) I made a Pandora. And I'm not sure what station I was listening to, but an amazing song came on and it was awesome enough to make me look at the title and artist. OH MY GOD. That song was Kill the Messenger. It caught my attention. When it finished I was really sad because I was so astonished that I didn't bookmark it or even click the thumbs up. I was so sad. And then a couple songs later, I hear a familiar voice again. I don't remember which one that one was. I believe it was Bruised. That was when I looked up Jack's Mannequin on iTunes and I listened to the previews of every single song on Everything in Transit. Best thing I ever did. I fell in love with his music and his words and honestly, I don't know what I'd do without that inspiration. 
Favorite album:
Everything in Transit

Favorite song:
Dark Blue
 Some Bands I Feel I Grew Up With
Linkin Park
In the End was the first song I remember hearing by them. It's certainly the first one I learned. It wasn't until a few years ago that I actually went back to my dad's Hybrid Theory CD and listened to every song and now I've got quite a few lyrics down. I've only heard their albums up to A Thousand Suns. I'm more a fan of their older stuff.
Favorite album:
Hybrid Theory
Favorite song:
In the End
The Killers
The first song I knew by The Killers was Somebody Told Me. Of course, I never quite knew what it was saying until like, middle school. But anyways! I've always had a soft spot for their songs, although I'm not sure if any of them would hold a spot in, say, my top ten songs ever. (Which I will never do, too many to choose from!)
Favorite album: Hot Fuss
Favorite song:
between Mr. Brightside and Somebody Told Me
Bands I Just Plain Love

The All-American Rejects
Favorite album:
Move Along
Favorite song:
Kiss Yourself Goodbye


My Chemical Romance
Favorite album:
The Black Parade
Favorite song:
House of Wolves
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Favorite album:
By the Way
Favorite song:
between The Zephyr Song and Can't Stop


Panic! at the Disco
Favorite album:
Pretty. Odd.
Favorite song:
That Green Gentleman
Matchbox 20
Favorite album:
Exile on Mainstream
Favorite song:
If You're Gone

Rise Against
Favorite album:
Appeal to Reason
Favorite song:
between Swing Life Away and Savior
The Cab
Favorite album:
Whisper War
Favorite song:
Take My Hand

Relient K
Favorite album:
Forgive and Not Slow Down
Favorite song:
Honorable Mentions
(can't choose a favorite so they go here!)

Three Days Grace


Maroon 5
Fall Out Boy
Do I love a lot more than that?
But those are the bands that mean the most to me(:
So what do you think? Anything in common with me? Are we music enemies? Let me know :D
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Remembering Joy by Jenni Moen
Release Date: 12/13/13

Book Summary from Goodreads:
Love is patient. 

It can happen when you least expect it,
where you least expect it,
with whom you least expect it.

Love is kind.

But love may not grow out of kindness. 

It can happen with the person who hates you most

because love knows no bounds. 

And it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love doesn’t hold a grudge.
Love forgives.
Love forgets.

But when the healing of your heart 
breaks the hearts of the ones you love …
it may seem impossible to

Find joy.

Book One:
(linked to Goodreads)
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About the Author
Jenni Moen lives in Oklahoma with her husband and three crazy, exuberant kids that have the potential to burn the house down at any moment. 
When she’s not chauffeuring kids around town, performing her mom duties as a short order cook and maid, or vacuuming for her fastidious husband, she hammers away at her keyboard at her big girl job as a patent attorney. While vodka and exercise have provided some relief from the daily grind, it is reading … and now writing … that are her true escapes.
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