Monday, 24 February 2014

Don't Even Think About It

Don't Even Think About It

Expected publication: March 11th 2014 by Random House Children's Books
Contemporary teen fiction with romance, secrets, scandals, and ESP from the author of Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have).

We weren't always like this. We used to be average New York City high school sophomores. Until our homeroom went for flu shots. We were prepared for some side effects. Maybe a headache. Maybe a sore arm. We definitely didn't expect to get telepathic powers. But suddenly we could hear what everyone was thinking. Our friends. Our parents. Our crushes. Now we all know that Tess is in love with her best friend, Teddy. That Mackenzie cheated on Cooper. That, um, Nurse Carmichael used to be a stripper.

Since we've kept our freakish skill a secret, we can sit next to the class brainiac and ace our tests. We can dump our boyfriends right before they dump us. We know what our friends really think of our jeans, our breath, our new bangs. We always know what's coming. Some of us will thrive. Some of us will crack. None of us will ever be the same.
So stop obsessing about your ex. We're always listening.
Review (5 out of 5)
    Speechless. Okay, not completely speechless. I don't know where to start. Don't Even Think About it was funny, unpredictable, and a whole lot of other things my small vocabulary is unable to describe.
    Let's start with funny: If you've read the summary, you'll have noticed this, "Nurse Carmichael used to be a stripper." OMG. Now I'll be wondering if the same thing is true with my school nurse--and if the vaccine I got a while ago was contaminated too. If it was, I hope I get telekinesis. Or wings. Or sparkly skin--which brings me to one of the characters; Edward. This Edward wants to become a vampire and bite girls' necks and, well, sparkle.
    Unpredictable: The unpredictable parts are also the hilarious ones. I don't want to give much away but what they heard in there parents mind was definitely unpredictable, and funny, and just a little creepy. Okay, not really that creepy--It's just because now I'll be wondering what goes on in my parent's mind all the time. I sure hope their thoughts are not the same as the parents in this book.
SPOILER: Mackenzie read her parents mind while they were, um, having...coitus. She didn't mean to, and tried to block out their thoughts the whole night. And it worked...a tad bit too late.
    The characters: I loved them all. The mean ones, snotty ones, bratty ones, perverted one, nice ones and the clueless ones. Even Pi, whose real name, Polly, means bitter. "Squawk! Polly want a cracker." Chomp. Ok, maybe I don't like her all that much, but you can't really blame her, considering, from what I heard, her relationship with her mother is not a happy one--which drove her to want to be Number 1.
    And Olivia--not Alivia, Olivia--is the shy one. In a classic way, she stood up to the bully, and everything turned out right in the end. No one even and there was a bully--goes to show how sneaky one can be when properly motivated.
    I laughed so much throughout the book...and I knew a certain two was going to end up together in the end--I KNEW IT!
Have a laugh
Anyone know where I can read the full review of this?:
“Finally, someone understands that if you develop powers as a teenager, it’s not the government you have to watch out for—it’s your best friends. Funny, realistic, heartfelt, satiric, and unpredictable.” —Ned Vizzini, New York Times bestselling author of It’s Kind of a Funny Story
A HUGE thank you to NetGalley for letting me view the advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, 17 February 2014



By Sierra Dean
Published June 12th 2013 by Createspace (first published June 11th 2013)
Cooper Reynolds's life is going to the dogs... literally.

As if being a high school senior in a small Texas town wasn't hard enough, Cooper has bigger things to worry about than who he'll take to prom and whether or not the Poisonfoot Padres will win homecoming. He has less than a year before his eighteenth birthday, when a curse placed on his family will doom him to live in coyote form forever.

The last thing he needs to complicate his already messed-up life is a girl, but fate has other plans in mind for him when it brings Eloise "Lou" Whittaker to Poisonfoot. She's grouchy, sarcastic and has no love for her new Texas home, but she might be exactly the right person to help Cooper break the curse.

The clock is ticking, and Cooper will have to decide if he's willing to let Lou in on his dirty little secret before it's too late.

REVIEW(3.7 stars)
    I gotta say that I was disappointed. Don't get me wrong, I liked it--it met most of my expectations. From the very first page I had set my expectations modestly low. Besides the fact that this book ended way too early, I enjoyed it. The plot was good, characters were great, the Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How were more than fabulous. The conflict was not ridiculous. The romance was adorable--and ended way too early. The only flaw I saw was the big drop from the cliff to the forest below and wondering how I'll be able to hang on to the cliff long enough to read the rest of the series--okay, that's not the only flaw, but it was the most obvious to me and the only one that bothered me. When I had finished reading  half an hour ago, I was thinking, WHY?WHY?WHY?!?! "this sucks", and "Oh, no she didn't".
    This was what book was about: Eloise "Lou" Whittaker and her mom moved to Poisonfoot to live with her grandmother after her father died of cancer. The entire town of Poisonfoot had some kind of strange dislike (vendetta) toward the Reynolds. Lou was warned by everyone she conversed with to stay away from Cooper. Lou did not heed their warnings, some kissing in between a party, a coyote, and a ghost. THEN! at the library, nearing the cliffhanger, a quarrel involving magic arose, a chapter later, the book end.
    With a cliffhanger.
    I hate it when authors do that, but what Dean did was down right cruel. Good thing I've long ago mastered the art of patience when it come to waiting for the publication date to arrive--not! At least I'd have lots of crochet projects and other books (whithout any cliffhangers) to keep me busy 'till I've got my hands on the other three books of the series.
    I only gave it a 3.7 because: just because the first book was good does not mean the rest will be just as wonderful.
    I would recommend to anyone who enjoys Romance and Paranormal. Though you should wait 'till August of 2014, when the entire series would be published, to commence reading--and make sure that you have all four books at hand.

Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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Tuesday, 11 February 2014

World War II--the children

World war two, such a woeful time
Thousands suffered, thousands did die
Soldiers were forced to kill because
Teens, children! they were, forced to sign
When war broke out, to escape bombs
To farms, British children were sent
There, they were somewhat safe, and so
To farms, those British children went
Mean while, in Germany--oh, no!
Those poor, poor children; that, they were
They were compelled to join the Youth
Jewish child were starving or dead
To be continued...

Friday, 7 February 2014

Tribute Ballad to Streaks of Blue

Nicole, whose last name I cannot sound
Was a poet through and through
An angel asked her for her help
And she, brave and good, stayed true
Adam Upton and Thomas Harvey
Were thinking of massacre
They hated like life and were not loved
A massacre will occur
Nikki, dear, was warned by an angel
So she made good use of that
She befriended the boy, Adam
And soon learned a strange, strange fact
Thomas Harvey, Gods, save the poor lad
The opposite of hardy
For though his name was Thomas James
He called himself "Lee" Harvey
Nikki and her BFF, Candace
Took Adam with them hiking
They met a man and his dog
Nikki's dubbed Dead Girl Walking
Her former friends call her trailer-trash
LSD went not so well
Harvey loathed her with a vengeance
Little Upton pulled the bell
Nikki heard the news while in New York
On the date, 9/11
Nikki needs to take action soon
Or death will meet the children
Oh, what will she do? What can she do?
Things seemed dreary and sad
Death is coming for Adam's dad
Lee, that lad, is going mad.
This is a tribute to Streaks of Blue by Jack Chaucer. Click on this link to read my review.
From now on, every Tuesday will be Tribute Tuesday.
Thank you, Mr. Chaucer for the inspiring tale of how the angles of Newton inspired one girl to save her school--and how reaching out can make a difference...a BIG difference.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Streaks of Blue

                                         Streaks of Blue

                                                                  By: Jack Chaucer
                                            Published September 27th 2013 by CreateSpace


Adam Upton and Thomas "Lee" Harvey are plotting the next big school massacre at their New Hampshire high school. Nicole Janicek, who knew Adam in elementary school, tries to reconnect with the damaged teen at the start of their senior year. But will Nicole’s attempt to befriend the would-be killer disrupt the plot and turn Adam’s life around before the clock strikes 12:14?


    This book was not that long, but I would probably remember it for the rest of my life.
    This book read like a dream, and I loved the characters and multi-POV. Nikki, our brave protagonist has a streak of blue in her hair, and is now one of my favorite characters. I also loved what the author did with each individuals' history. Some authors do write about a character's past, but only because they need to in order to create a conflict, Chaucer didn't have to. He made them real by giving them emotions and a family situation. Meaning he didn't give them happy, happy lives and 24/7 harmony between family member--which made it all the more realistic. Have you ever got into a fight with your siblings? got angry at your parents for something? Of course you have, everybody does, no matter who you are or how loving and doting your family is.
    I also loved the message this book was sent out about reaching out and making a difference. A BIG difference.
    This was a book about how the angels of Newtown inspired one girl to save her school, so you'd think that that is all that it is about. Right? And you'd probably thought that Nikki and Adam would fall in love, right? Well, let me enlighten you on a little fact; with Chaucer here, it's quality over quantity.
    Thought, if you did not enjoy Streaks of Blue, I'll give you a 'money back 'guarantee'' I won't 'cause I'm too broke at the moment.
    Streaks of Blue is one of those book that will make you think about life.


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    Thank you to NetGalley for the digital copy of this book.