Monday, November 30, 2009

Daily Dose (2)

This meme is new and is hosted by Holly from Good Golly Miss Holly. I personally think it's a great idea. For one, it spreads the idea of photography, which inspires others to do the same. And the goal of this meme is to get you through the week by posting inspirational images. I've collected tons of these so it's only right if I share the ones I saved with you. :)

Friday, November 27, 2009

Friday Fill-Ins (4)

Friday Fill-Ins is a weekly meme hosted by Janet at Friday Fill-Ins.

1. Wait! Wait, don't forget to finish reading Along for the Ride and Macbeth!

2. The end of the song was followed at once by hysteric shrieks among the crowd.

3. The trouble is he's the president. (No, I'm not talking about Obama).

4. As I am writing this, someone is turning to ice many miles away.

5. With a faint pop, the gum covered her face, showing only her inflamed cheeks.

6. Yesterday was shadowy and ominous. It was raining as well...

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to sleep, actually, tomorrow my plans include going to the dentist and watch a movie and Sunday, I want to finish all my homework!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Justine's Thoughts: The Breakup Bible by Melissa Kantor

The Breakup Bible
By Melissa Kantor



Book Description:

High school junior Jennifer Lewis has it all: amazing friends, a coveted editorial position on the school newspaper, and the perfect relationship with senior Max Brown, her editor in chief and the boy of her dreams. Then, out of nowhere, Max casually tells Jennifer that maybe “it would be better if we were just friends,” and the world comes to a screeching halt.

Shocked, Jen can’t imagine how she’s supposed to get out of bed every morning much less face Max across a conference table at meetings for The Hillsdale High Spectator. And when her grandmother gives her The Breakup Bible, a self-help book that claims its “commandments” can make her “the happiest dumpee on the block,” Jen is convinced that the humiliation of heartbreak might actually be fatal. In fact, she’s sure there’s been a mistake -- she and Max aren’t really . . . over.

But as spring semester rolls around, and Jen finds herself on the trail of a controversial feature story, she starts to see Max -- and herself -- in a whole new light. And Jennifer discovers there just might be life after heartbreak.

A quote:

Is there a Web site called If so, this moment deserved to be the home page.

Any thoughts:

Well, I thought this book was really good. For one, Jennifer is a great heroine. The way she narrates the story can hold your attention because she’s funny, real, smart and deep. She can also be relatable for those girls who ever felt like they can never let go of the ones who dumped them. Jennifer clings to Max for what seems like forever and that’s what it actually feels like for her. She claims that it takes such a long time to go from “heartache to happiness”.

I also liked how Melissa Kantor inserted the controversial issue of race in high school and how she tackled it dead on in the end. This is what makes this read a little less on the fluffy side and more on the serious side, which is more of a reason why it’s a must read.

There’s drama, of course. What novel, which is based on breakups, does not have drama? None that I can think of. But I like it the way it’s used - realistic and reasonable.

Overall, this novel is the perspective of a girl, who is trying to go through a breakup while using The Breakup Bible that claims to have everything you need to follow to get over it. Along the way, she’ll stumble upon an idea for an article, play matchmaker for her one of her friends, and possibly even go on a blind date. What more could you ask for? I say you read this soon.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

New layout!

I thought I might as well change the layout to get into the spirit of, here it is! A layout featuring...snow!

The photo in the header was taken by Alison at Deviantart. Isn't it pretty?

And also, I chose the background at the very last minute. I had the header prepared before I had a background. Bad idea. So I had my planned background first and then uploaded the header...but it looked horrible! It didn't match whatsoever. Then I stuck to this one because it matched the header the most. I couldn't find anything else so I hope it looks fine. Or does it look like there's too much going on?

Oh, I don't know. I guess I'll just leave it and come back to it in mid December...for a Christmas-themed layout! :)

Here is the previous header & background:


This post may be a tiny bit late...but at least it's here now! I received a few awards over the past month and I just want to say thank you to those who gave me one.

This was given by Enna at Squeaky Books! Thank you so much!

Here are the rules of the "One Lovely Blog Award": Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link. Pass the award to 10 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

Okaaaay, here are the 10 blogs I've newly discovered:

  1. Sea of Pages
  2. The Book Cellar
  3. Bookfan
  4. Queen of Happy Endings
  5. Romance Book Wyrm
  6. Katie's Bookshelf
  7. Miss Remmers' Review
  8. Books I Done Read
  9. Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf
  10. The Book Obsession

Alright, now the next award was given to me by 2 people: Miss Cindy at Simple Life and Reading and Brittany at Reading Nook!

The rules are simple:
  • Post the award.
  • Pass it on to other bloggers
  • List 10 truths about yourself
The blogs I pass this award onto are....

Congrats! :) Now for the 10 truths...
  1. I loooove photography. I think it's precious.
  2. Snow helps me get in the Christmas spirit...but unfortunately for me there won't be much this winter.
  3. To me, it feels like Christmas Eve is more special. On Christmas Day, it just doesn't feel like Christmas. I don't know why.
  4. I make wishes at 11:11 (in the evening, mostly).
  5. I actually kind of like sad songs.
  6. I want a British accent. Or an Australian accent. They are so wicked.
  7. I've always wanted to go to California.
  8. I like to save memories...Hmm, I remember reading a book in which a girl closed her eyes and tried to savor the moment, which her mother taught her if she wanted to save a memory. I don't remember the title of the book. Shame on me D:
  9. I love listening to the sounds of nature. Especially rain.
  10. I want to lie down outside at night and just stare at the stars. How peaceful that would be.
Yup, that is all. A review is coming up soon...I haven't posted one up in a while. Eek. Ooh, as well as a new Winter layout :)

Waiting on Wednesday (7)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine.

The Mosts
by Melissa Senate

Release Date:
June 8, 2010


Madeline finished freshman year at Freeport Academy just as invisible as when she started. But after a summer in Italy with her sophisticated aunt, she returned as a sophomore with cool clothes, European attitude, and a hot new boyfriend, Thom.

Maddie's part of the in crowd . . . the Mosts. Her best friend, Caro? Most Beautiful. Her other friends, Fergie, Annie, and Selena? Most Stylish, Most Hilarious, and Most Hot, respectively. And Madeline? Most Popular. Her life is great.

While it lasted.

Now Thom's moved to California-so Maddie's no longer the girlfriend of a popular guy. The guy Caro likes only has eyes for Madeline-can you say social suicide? And a group of misfits at school are begging Madeline to help make them over.

Madeline knows there's a fine line between being a Most . . . and being a Not. She doesn't want her status to change . . . but what if she doesn't have a choice?

Monday, November 23, 2009

Daily Dose (1)

This new meme is hosted by Holly from Good Golly Miss Holly. I personally think it's a great idea. For one, it spreads the idea of photography, which inspires others to do the same. And the goal of this meme is to get you through the week by posting inspirational images. I've collected tons of these so it's only right if I share the ones I saved with you. :)

And a Twilight one...just because of New Moon's recent release :)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Justine's Thoughts: The Twilight Saga - New Moon

It may contain a few spoilers, but if you read it, you'll be safe. Not much is revealed.

Yeah, yeah, here goes another New Moon review. I'm doing this not because everyone else is writing reviews about it, but because I want to look back at my thoughts later in the future, to see what my opinion was when I saw it....just in case I forget. :D

So I just saw it today with my mom, two days after the movie was released. I was not surprised to see many people in the theatre. In fact, the one we were supposed to go to was sold out. Luckily the one after that was only 30 minutes away, so all we had to do was wait. The theatre was full of people of different ages and the ones sitting near us were young children. The girls on the right side of me were in their teen years, which was just great because they reacted how I expected them to react, although it was less worse (thank goodness). The downside was that this one girl sitting nearest to me would often snort (at Edward! I know, right?) and place her legs on the empty seat beside me so it would make this noise that would bug the jitters out of me. Other than that, the rest of the people were actually quiet. O, happy day!

Anyway, onto the movie.

It had me at hello, to say the least. The beginning captured me with the effects so I was already amazed when it started. The landscapes -- fields, Italy, mountains, cliff, etc -- were really breathtaking. I loved the way it was filmed.

One thing I adored the most is that they stayed really true to the book. I was pointing out to myself the parts they got from the book and I found myself cheering! It made me happy, haha. Oh and there were some laugh-out-loud parts, which I thought were fantastic. Charlie continues to make me laugh.

The actors were indeed much better. Even though we get less Edward and more Jacob, I was fine with it. I think I found a new respect for Jacob; I felt really sorry for him at some parts. Taylor Lautner is a growing actor and he is the best Jacob ever. I loved his stunts! And Bella -- wow. You could literally feel the pain she was going through. I think the breathing sounds that she was making helped. You could tell she was hyperventilating and you could feel the emotion. Kristen Stewart is awesome, in my honest opinion. I love her as Bella. And finally, we come to Edward. Sometimes I couldn't comprehend what he was saying (same goes with Bella). All I heard were mumbles (which is why when the DVD is out, I'm going to get it, pronto!). But anyway, the sparkles have improved! And the Volturi scene? Jaw-dropping. There sure is more action in this movie and it was very intense.

Speaking of the Volturi, Dakota Fanning proved me wrong. When I first heard the news that she was going to be Jane, I doubted she could do it. But boy, Dakota Fanning was astonishing! She was fierce and that is just how I imagined Jane would act.

There were also a few scenes in which Victoria appeared. It still is sad to think that Rachelle Lefevre won't be in the next one. That is one of the things I feared most -- character switches in the middle of the movie series. But I hope Bryce Dallas Howard does a good job. I've never seen her act, so I'm not sure what to think yet.

I thought the wolves were pretty cool. Their roars, as they vibrated through the whole theatre, felt real, like you're actually watching them right in front of you. Remember seeing Jacob transform into a wolf in the trailer? Seeing it in the theatre is so much better!

Lastly, the ending. It's a cliffhanger! I saw it coming but I still had my hand up to my mouth in shock. Still, I had mixed feelings about it. I understand why they would do that because it's a movie series and all...but where is the ____ I was looking for?!? Now I'm wondering how Eclipse is going to start off...

Oh curiosity, why dost thou torture me?!

Overall, I enjoyed it fifty times more than Twilight. It really is worth the wait and the money.

The 2010 Support Your Local Library Reading Challenge

This is my second challenge I'm participating in for the upcoming year! It is hosted by J.Kaye at her book blog. To find more about the details on how you can join, click here.

Since most of the books I read are from the library, I decided to give this challenge a try. It lasts throughout the whole year from January 2010 to December 2010. Right now I'm aiming for the Just My Size level - 50 books. If I reach more than that, that would be awesome, but I'll be taking it step by step. No pressure :)

(Thanks to Molly for helping me with the scroll!!)
1. Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella
2. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
3. Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
4. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
5. The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks
6. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
7. Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult
8. The Book Thief by Mark Zusak
9. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
10. Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert
11. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
12. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
13. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
14. One Lonely Degree by C.K. Kelly Martin
15. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
16. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
17. Wake by Lisa McMann
18. Fake Boyfriend by Kate Brian
19. Taken by Storm by Angela Morrison
20. Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers
21. The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
22. Cruel Summer by Alyson Noel
23. Sharing Sam by Katherine Applegate
24. North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley
25. Beastly by Alex Flinn
26. The Ex Games by Jennifer Echols
27. Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz
28. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
29. Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott
30. Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess
31. Willow by Julia Hoban
32. Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott
33. Summer Boys by Hailey Abbott
34. Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder
35. Kisses and Lies by Lauren Henderson
36. Fade by Lisa McMann
37. Masquerade by Melissa de la Cruz
38. Frostbite by Richelle Mead
39. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
40. Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
41. Ttyl by Lauren Myracle
42. Next Summer by Hailey Abbott
43. Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella
44. Blood Promise by Richelle Mead
45. After Summer by Hailey Abbott
46. Wings by Aprilynn Pike
47. Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
48. Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder
49. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
50. Revelations by Melissa de la Cruz


51. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
52. Van Alen Legacy by Melissa de la Cruz
53. The Vinyl Princess by Yvonne Prinz
54. Possessed by Kate Cann
55. Take Me There by Carolee Dean
56. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
57. Sea Glass by Maria V. Snyder
58. Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols
59. Flawless by Sara Shepard
60. The Heist Society by Ally Carter
61. Love You Hate You Miss You by Elizabeth Scott
62. Runaway by Meg Cabot

100+ Reading Challenge in 2010

When I was younger, I began to keep track of the books I read. Halfway through the year, I stopped for some reason. Then this year (2009) I was going to do it again...but the thought of that was too late. And now I'm curious because I want to know how many books I've read in a year! Thanks to this challenge, my curiosity will soon be satisfied.

It is hosted by J. Kaye at her book blog. To read about the details of this challenge and if you are interested in participating, click here.

Justine's list of books will be listed in this post.

(Thanks to Molly for helping me with the scroll!!)
1. Fallen by Lauren Kate
2. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
3. Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella
4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
5. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
6. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
7. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
8. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
9. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
10. Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
11. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
12. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
13. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
14. The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks
15. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
16. Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult
17. The Book Thief by Mark Zusak
18. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
19. Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials by Rosalind Wiseman
20. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
21. The Girl with the Mermaid Hair by Delia Ephron
22. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
23. Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
24. Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert (the start of summer)
25. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
26. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
27. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
28. Hamlet by William Shakespeare (after Wuthering Heights)
29. One Lonely Degree by C.K. Kelly Martin
30. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
31. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
32. Wake by Lisa McMann
33. Fake Boyfriend by Kate Brian
34. Taken by Storm by Angela Morrison
35. Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers
36.The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
37. Cruel Summer by Alyson Noel
38. Sharing Sam by Katherine Applegate
39. North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley
40. Beastly by Alex Flinn
41. The Ex Games by Jennifer Echols
42. Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz
43. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
44. Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott
45. Chicken Soup for the Girl's Soul by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hanson, Patty Hanson, and Irene Dunlap
46. Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess
47. Willow by Julia Hoban
48. Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott
49. Summer Boys by Hailey Abbott
50. Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder
51. Kisses and Lies by Lauren Henderson
52. Fade by Lisa McMann
53. Masquerade by Melissa de la Cruz
54. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (re-read)
55. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (re-read)
56. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
57. Frostbite by Richelle Mead
58. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
59. Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
60. Ttyl by Lauren Myracle
61. Next Summer by Hailey Abbott
62. Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella
63. Blood Promise by Richelle Mead
64. After Summer by Hailey Abbott
65. Wings by Aprilynn Pike
66. Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
67. Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder
68. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
69. Revelations by Melissa de la Cruz
70. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
71. Wish by Alexandra Bullen
72. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
73. Van Alen Legacy by Melissa de la Cruz
74. Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder
75. The Seven Rays by Jessica Bendinger
76. The Vinyl Princess by Yvonne Prinz
77. Possessed by Kate Cann
78. Todd the Dreamer by Bonnie Rozanski
79. Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
80. Take Me There by Carolee Dean
81. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
82. Sea Glass by Maria V. Snyder
83. Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols
84. Flawless by Sara Shepard
85. The Heist Society by Ally Carter
86. Love You Hate You Miss You by Elizabeth Scott
87. Here Lies Bridget by Paige Harbison
88. Runaway by Meg Cabot

Saturday, November 21, 2009

In My Mailbox (3)

In My Mailbox is held weekly by Kristi at The Story Siren. Click here for details on how to participate.

The first 3 books are from the library and the very last one is what I won from the Spooktacular Contest at The Page Turners! :D


Along for the Ride
by Sarah Dessen

It’s been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents’ divorce—or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live.

A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she’s been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend.


The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney
by Suzanne Harper

In high school, the last thing you want is for people to think you talk to ghosts.

When Sparrow begins tenth grade at a huge new school full of strangers, she thinks her dreams of anonymity and a fresh start are finally coming true. No more following in her six older sisters' footsteps. No more going to class with kids who've seen her grandma doing jujitsu in the front yard next to the headstones of her four dead husbands. And no more worrying about keeping her deep, dark secret hidden.

Sparrow makes a new best friend and has her eye on an irritatingly appealing guy in her history class. She feels like she's well on her way to a normal life. But it's another boy—a dead one—who wants Sparrow's attention, and he won't let her be till she's helped him Move On.

You see, Sparrow Delaney's secret is that she's a psychic. And there's one very persistent ghost who won't let her forget it.


If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince?
by Melissa Kantor

Mrs. McBloom, clean up your room!"For nearly fifty years, that's been the refrain of janitors, principals, and students who enter the chaos of Room Five. Now the beloved Mrs. McBloom-who has taught nearly everyone in the town of Up Yonder, even Principal Pumpernickel-is about to retire. Finally, she must clean up her classroom.But where to begin? Years of science experiments have left all kinds of critters hoppin' and cluckin' and flyin' around. Giant sunflowers droop over desks; vines with fat green beans climb the walls; and a full-grown apple tree grows smack-dab in the middle of the floor. There are more books stacked in Room Five than in the Up Yonder Library. And who knows what else lurks in the piles of papers or the lost-and-found box?


The Vampire is Just Not That Into You
by Vlad Mezrich

Are you in love with a vampire? Are you worried that you might not be his (blood) type? Do you wonder whether that cold stare means he isn’t interested . . . or if it’s because he’s been dead for three centuries (nothing personal)? Have you tried to coax him out of his crypt with a flash of your neck or a near-death situation that requires him to save you at the very last possible moment? Have you ever considered what it will be like to introduce him to your mother?

Even though your vampire’s skin is transfixingly translucent, he can still be very hard to read. Sometimes he’s simply holding back his true feelings, resisting the urge to bite you in the chance that one day you will truly love him. And other times . . . well, he’s just not that into you.

How can you tell? Undead dating specialist Vlad Mezrich has all the answers, utilizing quizzes, Top Ten lists, language analysis, real-life (and real-death) testimonials, and fancy charts to show you what you need to do in order to get your vampire and keep him forever. Once you go vamp, you never decamp – so let this eternally rewarding book show you the way to the vampire of your dreams.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Friday Fill-Ins (3)

Friday Fill-Ins is a weekly meme hosted by Janet at Friday Fill-Ins.

1. We need to go on an adventure.

2. I thought of working at Chapters (a bookstore) and it made me smile.

3. If you want to be interesting, be interested. (This is a quote...but I forgot who said it.)

4. Today's an AWESOME day because there's no school. :D

5. Massachusetts has a proposed 5% sales tax on elective cosmetic surgery; I think this does not affect me since (a) I will never have my face redone and (b) I don't live in the US.

6. Snow makes for a happy holiday. (I can't wait for it, to be honest)

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to build a vehicle from scratch for a Physics project (sigh), tomorrow my plans include watching New Moon (early in the morning) and relaxing (or doing homework) and Sunday, I want to read & write!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday (6)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine.

The Beautiful Between
by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

Release Date:
May 11, 2010


If high school were a fairy-tale kingdom, Connelly Sternin would be Rapunzel, locked not in a tower by a wicked witch but in a high-rise apartment building by the SATs and college applications—and by the secrets she keeps. Connelly's few friends think that her parents are divorced—but they're not. Connelly's father died when she was two, and she doesn't know how.

If Connelly is the Rapunzel of her school, Jeremy Cole is the crown prince, son of a great and rich New York City family. So when he sits down next to her at lunch one day, Connelly couldn't be more surprised. But Jeremy has a tragic secret of his own, and Connelly is the only one he can turn to for help. Together they form a council of two, helping each other with their homework and sharing secrets. As the pair's friendship grows, Connelly learns that it's the truth, not the secrets, that one must guard and protect. And that between friends, the truth, however harsh, is also beautiful.

This lovely and memorable debut by Alyssa B. Sheinmel contains many of the hallmark themes found in young adult literature—friendship, coming of age, finding a place to belong, and overcoming the death of a loved one. Emotionally moving from start to finish, The Beautiful Between introduces a strong new voice to the genre, a voice with a long future ahead of it.


Wow, this sounds deep. I'm so looking forward for its release! And the's just beautiful :)

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Justine's Thoughts: The Midnight Twins by Jacquelyn Mitchard

The Midnight Twins
By Jacquelyn Mitchard



Book Description:

Merry tried to stop herself from looking at Mallory, fearful of what she would see twisting in her twin’s eyes. But she could feel Mally’s thoughts hammering at her mind like fists.


One twin has the power to see into the future, one to see deep into the past. Only they can put a stop to the threat that looms over their small town. That is, if their powers don’t tear them apart first.

A quote:

“...the heart knows when things are right that seem wrong to everyone else.”

Any thoughts:

I must say that I liked it, however, it took me a while to get into it. After that, it was the suspense that kept me turning the pages non-stop, curious to read about what would happen next.

The twins discover their gifts in this book, and use them to prevent something from happening. I could tell that isn’t the end of the twins’ story, that there will be another book following this one. So I’ll definitely keep an eye out for it. And I just found out that it’s only the beginning of the series, which means...there’ll be more.

Anywya, you’d think some twins are similar, but the Brynn twins are very different. Judging from their personalities, it isn’t hard to tell them apart. Merideth Brynn is the outgoing twin and the social cheerleader while Mallory Brynn is the athletic twin, the one who doesn’t socialize as much as Merideth. Also, what I found interesting was the twins’ language they used ever since they were little. Such words they mentioned were: “Laybite” and “Siow”.

I like the intriguing plot. That’s one of the things that made me continue because I’ve never read a novel about twins before. I’m enjoying it thus far. And it’s well-written, I noticed. It’s in third person omniscient so we get to read about other characters’ thoughts, which is pretty cool.

The cover looks really interesting to me and it matches a plot that involves twins. There’s a mirror of the picture of a girl, the moon, and the darkness...I like it.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday Fill-Ins (2)

Friday Fill-Ins is a weekly meme hosted by Janet at Friday Fill-Ins.

1. The last band I saw live was a band called High Decibals. They aren't famous...yet.

2. What I look forward to most on Christmas is the togetherness. And who could forget the cup of hot cocoa? Or egg yolk?

3. My Christmas shopping is done right before Christmas.

4. Thoughts of plots for ideal stories fill my head. And I want to write so very badly!

5. I wish I could wear some creative outfits I had pictured in my mind. I'm feeling so creative lately.

6. Bagpipes make me think of empty bags with nothing but air.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to rest, tomorrow my plans include watching PACMAN! (I hope he wins :D) and Sunday, I want to read, write...and sleep!

Friday Finds (4)

Friday Finds is held weekly by MizB at Should Be Reading.


Karma for Beginners
by Jessica Blank

Peace, Love and Baby Ducks
by Lauren Myracle

The One
by Ed Decter

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday (5)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine.

The Snowball Effect
by Holly Nicole Hoxter

Release Date:
March 23, 2010


18-year-old Lainey Pike can tell you everything you need to know about the people in her family just by telling you how they died. Her reckless stepfather drove his motorcycle off the highway and caused the biggest traffic jam in years. Her long-suffering grandmother lived through cancer and a heart attack before finally succumbing to a stroke. And Lainey's mother, still devastated over her husband's death, hung herself in the basement just days after Lainey's high school graduation. Now Lainey's five-year-old brother is an orphan and her estranged older sister moves back home to act as his guardian. Dealing with her brother has always been a struggle, but sharing the responsibility with her sister is proving to be just as challenging.

Lainey knows that this is all her mother's fault, but she also knows that she eventually has to move out of the "anger" phase of the grieving process. What she can't figure out, though, is how to make peace with a dead woman.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Justine's Thoughts: Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt

Two Way Street
By Lauren Barnholdt



Book Description:

This is Jordan and Courtney, totally in love. Sure, they were an unlikely high school couple. But they clicked; it worked. They’re even going to the same college, and driving cross-country together for orientation.

Then Jordan dumps Courtney -- for a girl he met on the Internet.

It’s too late to change plans, so the road trip is on. Courtney’s heartbroken, but she figures she can tough it out for a few days. La la la -- this is Courtney pretending not to care.

But in a strange twist, Jordan cares. A lot.

Turns out, he’s got a secret or two that he’s not telling Courtney. And it has everything to do with why they broke up, why they can’t get back together and how, in spite of it all, this couple is destined for each other.

A quote:

He takes the last bite of his burger and licks his lips again. Can he STOP DOING THAT? Really, how much can one person lick his lips?

Any thoughts:

  • This novel, I swear to you, got me smiling from beginning to end, laughing and giggling over the silliest things, crying during the sad parts and rooting for Courtney and Jordan. It’s one of a kind, this novel. And I truly loved it!
  • First off, it’s written in Courtney and Jordan’s points of views. In addition to that, it goes back to the past every other chapter so you get to read about how they met and understand the secret Jordan’s been hiding. They’re very different characters, but I love them together.
  • There’s a lot of swearing, just to warn you. It most often comes from a character named B.J., Jordan’s best friend, but the way he talks always makes me laugh. I think he’s got to be my favourite character in the novel. He’s the comedic relief.
  • The plot is very original. I haven’t heard of a story like this one so it got me intrigued the moment I read the description.
  • I noticed that a lot of the characters do a lot of analyzing. For example, Jocelyn (Courtney’s best friend) would tell Courtney why it’s a bad thing to be dating Jordan, and also Courtney, for thinking about what she should act like so that Jordan wouldn’t think she’s mad at him for breaking up with her. You know, those kinds of things. It’s not bad; I just think it’s interesting because I do the same thing. Haha.
  • Needless to say that I read this book in a few hours - 4 hours and a half, to be exact - this book was honestly hard to put down. I just didn’t know when to stop! I did once, actually, but that didn’t work out. After ten minutes, I picked it up again and continued from there. I’m telling you, it was hard.
  • Oh, and the cover! I love it - the colour, the setting, the car and everything! From the picture, you can only see the girl, but the back of the book shows the front half of the car with its hood up, and a guy trying to fix something. It’s pretty neat and I really like it. I’d give it 5 stars, the cover I mean. ;)
  • I don’t know what else to say...other than I enjoyed it a lot and that I’m looking forward to read other novels by Lauren Barnholdt.

In My Mailbox (2)

In My Mailbox is held weekly by Kristi at The Story Siren. Click here for the details on how to participate.

This week, I've only got two books! I'm trying to cut down the number as I've been having difficulty trying to read in a short period of time. It's not summer, anymore and I can't read for the whole day! How I wish I could, though.


Being Nikki (2nd book in the Airhead series)
by Meg Cabot

Emerson Watts was pretty sure there couldn't be anything worse than being a straight A student whose brain had been transplanted into the body of a teenage supermodel.

But it turned out she was wrong.

Because that supermodel could turn out to have a mother who's mysteriously gone missing, a brother who's shown up on her doorstep demanding answers, ex-boyfriends crawling out of the woodwork who want more than just a photo op, and a British heartthrob who's written a song about her that's topping the charts.

How can Em balance all that with school, lingerie runway shows, and weekend jaunts to St. John—especially when she's got final exams; a sister who is headed to the high school cheerleading championships; a former best friend, Christopher, who's intent on destroying Stark Enterprises to avenge the death of his lost love; and a company she represents that seems to be turning to the dark side...

But then, nobody said it was going to be easy, being Nikki.

*This one is STILL in the library....waiting for me to pick it up in the requested shelf.*


Defining Twilight
by Brian Leaf

Can you resist the allure of Edward’s myriad charms—his ochre eyes and tousled hair, the cadence of his speech, his chiseled alabaster skin, and his gratuitous charm? Will you hunt surreptitiously and tolerate the ceaseless deluge in Forks to evade the sun and uphold the facade? Join Edward and Bella as you learn more than 600 vocabulary words to improve your score on the *SAT, ACT®, GED®, and SSAT® exams!

Use this workbook side-by-side with your own copy of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight!

• Each chapter of the workbook gives you eight words taken from Twilight, with page references for you to read the words in the context of your favorite novel
• Define the words on your own before turning back to the workbook for their actual definitions
• At the end of each section you’ll take SAT, ACT, GED, and SSAT drills and quizzes to review and integrate what you’ve learned
• Plus, you’ll learn synonyms, Latin word parts, and memorization tools throughout the workbook

*And this one came today in the mailbox. I won it at Crystal Reviews! YAY!*

Friday, November 6, 2009

Friday Fill-Ins (1)

Friday Fill-Ins is a weekly meme hosted by Janet at Friday Fill-Ins.

1. Plans and schedules help me get organized. I do this quite a lot in my head.

2. I'm happy when things turn out alright.

3. The last thing I drank was water. I heard it's good for you.

4. One of the most valuable things in my life is my family.

5. I like mushrooms & pineapple on my pizza.

6. Dear November, couldn't you have come quicker? But I'm so glad you're here.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to sleeping and reading, tomorrow my plans include working on projects (bleh) and Sunday, I want to jam with friends!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Justine's Thoughts: The Last Days by Scott Westerfeld

The Last Days
By Scott Westerfeld



A quote:

When the last days come, they will come quickly.

Any thoughts:

  • I searched for this book in Scott Westerfeld’s website...but I can’t find it anywhere! I mean, it’s a sequel to Peeps, so it would only make sense if The Last Days was on that same page. I don’t know, I just don’t get it.
  • Now, I understand. This is taken from Scott Westerfeld’s site: “Just to remind you, The Last Days is my not-really-a-sequel to Peeps. It’s set in the same parasite-afflicted New York City, but instead of the Night Watch, it follows a bunch of kids trying to start a band and get famous.” Anyway, I won’t give the rest away because it may spoil some things.
  • There is some “fact goodness” before each chapter in the novel, which had sparked my interest as always. I love me some pieces of information.
  • One more thing I love is how it’s written in different points of view. Five, to be exact. They’re all in first-person. And the thing is: each character has a different style, so you instantly recognize who is narrating. It’s the same in Peeps: Luce always says “dude” a lot, and she’s fierce, in my opinion. In The Last Days, a new character - Zahler - says “fawesome” and “fool” instead of “cool”, Pearl says “nine/all kinds of...”, and etc. You get the point. It’s just really interesting how Scott Westerfeld gives each character a signature.
  • Music in The Last Days is described so beautifully, that I found myself rereading the same paragraph more than twice. Of course, it helps too that one of the characters hallucinates sometimes. Still, it’s like you can picture the music notes floating in the air, reaching out and affecting the audience. Music really is a big part of the story, but I can’t say why since that’s a spoiler.
  • One thing I was excited to read about was the characters from Peeps coming back! That’s right; two characters appear in the novel towards the end and I was trying to read slowly to...capture that moment, haha. I just love them, that’s all.
  • Overall, I really enjoyed Peeps and The Last Days. They don’t really seem like the typical vampire books you read about these days. But that’s okay, originality is a good thing. Plus, you can learn a lot about parasites and evolution.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday (4)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine.

Of All the Stupid Things
by Alexandra Diaz

Release Date:
December 22, 2009


It really was a stupid thing that Brent Staple did – doing it (so the rumour goes) with Chris Sanchez, one of the guy cheerleaders. Who’d have thought that Brent, the school’s hottest jock, could be gay? But the doubt about Brent doesn’t just hurt Tara – it’s the beginning of the end for an inseparable trio of friends. Tara’s training for the marathon, but also running from her father and her fear of ever being abandoned again. Beautiful Whitney Blaire’s got everything and nothing, because her parents have never had time for her. And Pinkie has a compulsive need to mother everyone to make up for the mom she never stops missing. The girls couldn’t be more different, but doesn’t that just prove the strength of their friendship?

Then new-girl Riley arrives in school, wafting her long black hair and a scent of lilacs. Suddenly, Tara starts to feel things she’s never felt before for a girl - and to reassess her feelings about Brent and what he may/may not have done. Is Tara gay – or does she just love Riley? And can the map of her deepest friendships ever be redrawn in a post-Riley world?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Teaser Tuesday (4)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading.

The rules are:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
My teaser:

Outside the snow drifted down just as soundlessly, blanketing the world in muffling stillness. Elena stared at it with unseeing eyes, scarcely noticing the tears than ran down her cheeks.

~pg. 114 "The Vampire Diaries - The Fury & Dark Reunion"
by L.J. Smith

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Justine's Thoughts: Peeps by Scott Westerfeld


By Scott Westerfeld



Book Description:

Okay let’s clear up some myths about vampires. First of all, you won’t see me using the V-word much. In the night watch, we prefer the term parasite positives, or peeps for short.

The main thing to remember is that there’s no magic involved. No flying. No transforming into bats or rats either. We’re talking about a disease.


After a chance encounter with a mysterious woman one night, Cal Thompson’s life is changed forever. He’s been infected with an insidious parasite. The good news: he’s only a carrier -- still sane, without the worst of the symptoms. The bad news: he’s infected all his former girlfriends -- and now they’ve turned into what Cal calls peeps. The rest of us call them vampires. And it’s Cal’s job to hunt hem down before they create even more of their kind. . . .

A quote:

Welcome to the wonderful world of parasites.
This is where I live.

Any thoughts:

  • A wonderful novel. It reminds me of Uglies, Scott Westerfeld’s series of novels, which I’ve read ages ago and now I don’t remember anything about it other than it was a Sci-Fi novel. So is Peeps. But it’s written differently. Every other chapter it goes on to explain a few facts and it is quite interesting to know all about parasites, really. I cringed at least once because I don’t know anything about parasites and reading about how they function, where they’re found, what they do, the effects they cause...well, let’s just say that I’ve never thought about that.
  • I love the plot of this story even though the end will make you feel like it is unfinished. That’s why a sequel to Peeps was created. It begins with how Peeps was it makes sense, but it’s focused on other people.
  • While reading the novel, I realized how much I missed the action. There’s action in this story, which I really love, and it’s just been so long since I started reading novels with action in it. It’s awesome, just to let you know. Scott Westerfeld knows how to brilliantly describe super cool moves.
  • And the characters. They’re great. Cal is the one telling the story and also the one to explain the cool facts about parasites and evolution. The others - Lace, Dr. Rat, Manny, Sarah, Morgan (and there’s a bit more you get to read about) - are interesting, but I just wish the novel was longer so I got to know them better. I felt that the time sped by (in the novel) when he talked to the characters. But anyway, all in all, the characters are amazing. I love Lace ;)
  • That’s about it. Coming up next is The Last Days, the sequel. Oooh. I’m on it.