Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Review - A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons - Cressida Cowell

A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons - Cressida Cowell

A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons (How to Train Your Dragon, #6)Title: A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons 
Author: Cressida Cowell
Genre: Heroes, Vikings, Dragons, Comedy, Adventure
Publication: Hodder's Children's Books. 
             November 1 2007
Pages: Paperback, 256 pages
Age group: 7+ 

It's Hiccup's birthday, but that's not going to keep him from getting into trouble. To save his dragon, Toothless, from being banished, Hiccup must sneak into the Meathead Public Library and steal the Viking's most sacred book. But the Vikings see books as a dangerous influence, and keep them locked up and under heavy guard. To save his friend, Hiccup must brave the Hairy Scary Librarian and his dreadful army of Meathead Warriors and face off against the formidable Driller-Dragons. Will he make it out and live to see his next birthday?

I LOVE the How to Train Your Dragon Series, the books are humorous, the illustrations are awesome and the characters, well who doesn't love an unpredictable hero and an adorable green dragon (Don't tell Toothless I said that!)? Well, I know I do! This is the sixth installment in the series. 

As soon as you open up and you're on the first page, you're engrossed in the story and you can't put it down and as you turn the page, your mind is already imagining what is going to happen next.

The characters, gosh, I adore them! My favourites? Hiccup, Fishlegs, Camcazi and Toothless! Hiccup is brave, although he doesn't really know it, Fishlegs is a good friend and a really worrypot, Camicazi, geez I love this girl, she can burgle anything from right under your nose and Toothless? He is just SO cute

One thing I didn't really like was that, although it was page-turning, the plot was a bit simple, but everything else in the story mostly makes up for it! 

If you're looking for a quick, humorous read, READ THIS! You really won't regret it! 

I give it: 4 CUPCAKES!

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Stacking the Shelves #2

I decided I'm going to participate in Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga at Tynga's Reviews!
So...here is it! :)
I got these from the library today! :)
* Blurbs from Goodreads.


1. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight - Jennifer E. Smith 

The Statistical Probability of Love at First SightToday should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan’s life. She’s stuck at JFK, late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that Hadley’s never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he’s British, and he’s in seat 18C. Hadley’s in 18A.

Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love   finds you when you’re least expecting it

2. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide, #1)Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker's Guide ("A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have") and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox--the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod's girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.

3. L.A. Candy - Lauren Conrad 

L.A. Candy (L.A. Candy, #1)In L.A. CANDY, nineteen-year-old Jane Roberts moves to L.A. and unexpectedly becomes the star of a reality T.V. show. With fame comes wealth, hot clothes and even hotter love interests -- and Jane′s lapping it all up with her eclectic entourage of pals who are always up for a wild night out and the chance to get a piece of her spotlight. But soon Jane realizes everyone wants something from her, and nothing is what it seems to be.
L.A. CANDY is a fast-paced, honest and entertaining fictional account of what it′s like to come of age in Hollywood while starring in a reality TV show, written by a girl who has experienced it all firsthand: Lauren Conrad.
4. Daughter of Smoke and Bone - Laini Taylor 
Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1)Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war. 
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages—not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out.

When one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

5. Juliet Immortal - Stacey Jay

Juliet Immortal (Juliet Immortal, #1)The most tragic love story in history . . .

Juliet Capulet didn’t take her own life. She was murdered by the person she trusted most, her new husband, Romeo Montague, a sacrifice made to ensure his own immortality. But what Romeo didn’t anticipate was that Juliet would be granted eternity, as well, and would become an agent for the Ambassadors of Light. 

For 700 years, she’s fought Romeo for the souls of true lovers, struggling to preserve romantic love and the lives of the innocent. Until the day she meets someone she’s forbidden to love, and Romeo, oh Romeo, will do everything in his power to destroy that love.

“These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
Which as they kiss consume.”
—Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

6. Across the Universe - Beth Revis 

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder. 

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone-one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship-tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

7. Thief Eyes - Janni Lee Simner

Thief EyesThe latest YA fantasy book from Bones of Faerie author Janni Lee Simner!

After her mother mysteriously disappears, sixteen-year-old Haley convinces her father to take her to Iceland, where her mother was last seen. There, amidst the ancient fissures and crevices of that volcanic island, Haley meets gorgeous Ari, a boy with a dangerous side who appoints himself her protector.

When Haley picks up a silver coin that entangles her in a spell cast by her ancestor Hallgerd, she discovers that Hallgerd's spell and her mother's disappearance are connected to a chain of events that could unleash terrifying powers and consume the world. Haley must find a way to contain the growing fires of the spell—and her growing attraction to Ari.

Janni Lee Simner brings the fierce romance and violent passions of Iceland's medieval sagas into this twenty-first-century novel, with spellbinding results.

8.  Faerie Winter - Janni Lee Simner 

Faerie Winter (Faerie, #2)The long-awaited sequel to Janni Lee Simner's breathtaking YA fantasy debut, Bones of Faerie.

Liza is a summoner. She can draw life to herself, even from beyond the grave. And because magic works both ways, she can drive life away. Months ago, she used her powers to banish her dangerous father and to rescue her mother, lost in dreams, from the ruined land of Faerie.

Born in the wake of the war between humanity and Faerie, Liza lived in a world where green things never slept, where trees sought to root in living flesh and bone. But now the forests have fallen silent. Even the evergreens' branches are bare. Winter crops won't grow, and the threat of starvation looms. And deep in the forest a dark, malevolent will is at work. To face it, Liza will have to find within herself something more powerful than magic alone.

Here at last is the sequel to Bones of Faerie, for all those fans of dark fantasy and dystopian adventure who thrilled to Janni Lee Simner's unique vision of a postapocalyptic world infused with magic.

9. Sophie and Carter - Chelsea Fine

Sophie and CarterWhile other high school seniors are dreaming about their futures, Sophie and Carter are just trying to make it through each day. Carter is overwhelmed by issues at home as he struggles to support his mother. Meanwhile, next door neighbor Sophie is left to care for her three younger siblings in place of their absent and troubled mother. All that holds these two best friends together is each other, and knowing that each night they'll sit together on Sophie's front porch swing and escape from their troubles, if just for awhile. But as their relationship reaches a turning point and high school graduation nears, what lies ahead for Sophie and Carter?

10. Hush, Hush - Becca Fitzpatrick 

Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her...until Patch comes along.
With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment, but after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is far more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.

11. Nevermore - Kelly Creagh 

Nevermore (Nevermore, #1)  Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project, which is due—so unfair—on the day of the rival game. Cold and aloof, sardonic and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear he’d rather not have anything to do with her either. But when Isobel discovers strange writing in his journal, she can’t help but give this enigmatic boy with the piercing eyes another look. 

Soon, Isobel finds herself making excuses to be with Varen. Steadily pulled away from her friends and her possessive boyfriend, Isobel ventures deeper and deeper into the dream world Varen has created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life. 

As her world begins to unravel around her, Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined, and that the most frightening realities are those of the mind. Now she must find a way to reach Varen before he is consumed by the shadows of his own nightmares.  

12. Shaken - Susan Hatler 

Shaken   High school junior, Kylie Bates, can suddenly read minds. When she touches people’s hands, she’s able to see their deepest thoughts. As if that’s not freaky enough, her dad sends her to help hottie detective, Sam Williams, track down a missing girl. Way too much pressure, especially for a girl who can’t watch Scream without getting nightmares.

Then, finding the missing girl leads to much more than Kylie’s prepared for. Like discovering that her dad has been lying to her. That she has a family she never knew about. That the girls have powers similar to hers. Oh yeah, and that someone is out to get her.

When the detective’s teenage wanna-be-cop cousin, Trip Williams, approaches Kylie at school insisting she help him solve the case, she discovers Trip might be the only one she can trust, and the only one to help her unravel the secrets behind her mysterious gift. 

13. The Emerald City - J.A. Beard

The Emerald City When her parents die, teenager Gail Dorjee retreats into an angry, sarcastic shell. She hopes it will ease her pain, but all it gets her is a one-way trip from Kansas to a Seattle boarding school, the elite Osland Academy.

As soon as she arrives, Gail clashes with Diana, the leader of the school's most powerful clique. The Winged make Gail's life hell until she find allies: her airhead roommate; a cowardly fellow victim of the Winged; and, bit by bit, Diana's boyfriend--the seemingly heartless Nick.

Gail soon has bigger problems than Diana. One of her teachers hates her. Glasses shatter and fountains erupt around her. She can't swear no matter how hard she tries. An unseen force is keeping her on campus. And worst of all, she uncovers a plot that will give one person a precious gift at the cost of thousands of lives. Now Gail and her friends must stop the plot--not just to save lives, but to win a brain, the nerve, a heart and a home in this modern young adult urban fantasy take on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. 

Paperback/ Hardback

14. Dragon Fire - Charles Ashton 

Dragon Fire (Dragon Fire, #1-3)  Extraordinary events transform the life of Sparrow after an encounter on the mountain with the wizard Puckel, who gives the boy three magical gifts: the ability to fly, to understand the speech of birds and beasts, and to take the shape of any creature or thing. Now Sparrow needs all the magical help he can get, for he and his friends Bull and Goggs, Kittel, Ormand and Lissie find themselves up against many elusive, cunning adversaries - including the Polymorphs - as they seek to free their world from the power of the dragon. 

15. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4
    Sue Townsend 

The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4Teen angst has never been such serious business--or this much fun! In his secret diary, British teen Adrian Mole excruciatingly details every morsel of his turbulent adolescence. Mixed in with daily reports about the zit sprouting on his chin are heartrending passages about his parents' chaotic marriage. Adrian sees all, and he has something to say about everything. Delightfully self-centered, Adrian is the sort of teen who could rule a much better world--if only his crazy relatives and classmates would get out of his way. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole is a riot, and--although written more than 15 years ago--there is something deliciously timeless about Adrian's angst.

16. The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole
    Sue Townsend 

The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole At sixteen, Adrian Mole's life continues to be nothing but a set of tragic circumstances: His tempestuous relationship with an alluring schoolmate tortures him, while his intellectualism continues to be ignored by the British press. Despite it all he remains as agonizingly funny as ever in this, the second of his diaries.

What did you get this week?
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Sunday, 27 May 2012

Review - The Chimney Corner Collection - Enid Blyton

The Chimney Corner Collection - Enid Blyton 

Chimney Corner Collection: 100 Stories in 1 Volume!
Title: The Chimney Corner Collection
Author: Enid Blyton 
Genre: Fantasy, Magical, Children's 
Publication: September 1, 2011 
Pages: Paperback, 564 pages

Amazon:This is a fantastic bumper volume of classic stories from a much-loved author. Curl up round the fire, hang your stocking on the mantlepiece, and plunge into Enid Blyton's magical world of toys that come alive, animals that talk and magical folk who get into all sorts of scrapes. Enid Blyton was the queen of short, quirky stories full of imaginative adventures and unusual characters. Packed full of magic and wonder, these tales will delight children everywhere. This title includes magical tales of excitement and adventure from Enid Blyton.

When I saw this book in my local library I was MEGA excited! Enid Blyton is and always will be one of my most favourite childhood authors EVER! She just has such a magical, quaint way of writing and when I read this book I could just remember when I was eight, sitting on the couch, dying of the heat and reading a...Enid Blyton book of course! I love the way her characters come to life and how she writes such interesting stories with such good morals! 
I REALLY enjoyed this book, so the review isn't as long but all I'm saying is READ THIS BOOK! Yes, it is for younger readers but you will enjoy the stories nevertheless! And if you read her books as a child, you will seriously LOVE this! 

I give it: 5 CUPCAKES! 

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Friday, 25 May 2012

Review - Secrets - Jacqueline Wilson

Secrets - Jacqueline Wilson

Title: Secrets
Author: Jacqueline Wilson
Genre: Secrets, family problems
Publication date: Corgi Yearling, 2003
Pages: Paperback, 220 pages

Goodreads: India lives in a large, luxurious house with a mom she can’t stand and a dad she adores, although he hasn't had much time for her recently. She seeks solace in her journal, which she keeps in sincere imitation of her heroine, Anne Frank.

Treasure lives on the low-income council estate with her loving and capable grandmother. She is devoted to her nan but lives in fear of having to go back to live with her mother and violent stepfather. A chance meeting sparks a great friendship between the girls, and so when Treasure has to run away to avoid her stepfather, India comes up with a hiding place inspired by her favourite author. India doesn’t have a real Secret Annexe but she does have a hidden attic. 

I've read quite a few of Jacqueline Wilson's books and most of them are very good but this one, however, left me a bit disappointed. It was a good idea and it the book had a good plot but it was just written too simply for me. The characters were all right and I thought sometimes they could be a bit weak, but maybe that was just me?  I also found the characters a bit annoying at times, with India always bursting into tears and going on how no one likes her, but Treasure was alright she wasn't a weak character and I like how she stood up for herself.

If you want a quick read then read this, but if you're looking for a meaningful or adventurous book you might want to read another novel.  

I give it: 3 CUPCAKES! 

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Wednesday, 23 May 2012

WWW Wednesday #3

WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly book meme that is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?
My Answers!: 
What I am currently reading?:
I love Cressida Cowell's books so I am sure I will love this one!
I'm really enjoying this one! It has marvellous fine stories in! 
I'm only on page two but I'm enjoying it so far! ;) 
What did you recently finish reading?:
I recently finished reading The Princess and the Pauper by Kate Brian you can click here to read the review! ;)
What do you think you'll read next? 
I think I will read Zoe and Chloe on the Prowl next by Sue Limb! 
Leave a link to your WWW and I will be sure to check it out! :)

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Waiting on Wednesday #3: 23 May 2012

                     Waiting On Wednesday:
       The Heroes of Olympus: The Demigod Diaries
Rick Riordan

Title:The Heroes of Olympus:The Demigod Diaries
Author:Rick Riordan
Publication Date:August 14 2012


The Heroes of Olympus: The Demigod Diaries
What dangers do runaway demigods Luke and Thalia face on their way to Camp Half-Blood? Are Percy and Annabeth up to the task of rescuing stolen goods from a fire-breathing giant who doesn't take kindly to intruders? How exactly are Leo,  Piper, and Jason supposed to find a runaway table, dodge a band of party-loving Maenads" ("who just might be a little psychotic), and stave off a massive explosion...all in one hour or less? 

Looking forward to this! I LOVE the Percy Jackson series! :)

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Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Teaser Tuesday #3

Teaser Tuesday #3 
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly book meme that is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
The Chimney Corner Collection - Enid Blyton
He skipped all the way home - and there sitting on his garden gate, was his friend the thrush. You can guess that Hoppety gave her a fine meal of crumbs and told her all about how frightened and angry the goblin was.
I'm really enjoying this book, it reminds me of when I was smaller and I used to just emerge myself in her books!
page, 421
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Sunday, 20 May 2012

Review - The Princess and the Pauper - Kate Brian

Front CoverThe Princess and the Pauper            
Title: The Princess and the Pauper 
Author: Kate Brian
Genre: Princess, Normal Girl, Swapping lives
Publication Date: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (April 22, 2008)
Pages: Paperback, 265

Carina, a real European princess, is dying to hook up with the sexy American rock star she met online. Too bad about all those bodyguards watching her every move. Then Carina spots her down-and-out near-twin, Julia. For a fast ten grand, Julia grabs the gown and the crown, and the girls swap identities for a day.Before long Princess Carina is trapped on a skeevy bus full of roadies, and pauper Julia is jetting off to...some small foreign country? Only a storybook ending can get these two poseurs back to where they belong.

You know you get books where you're like it was okay, I didn't hate it, but I didn't particularly like it either? Well, this book was like that. It was an average book that I wasn't wowed by but not so terrible that I stopped reading it all together. 

It was your average Princess and the Pauper story. They look alike, they swap places, something goes wrong, they realise it's not that easy being normal/princess and then both find a nice guy and everything is fine. There wasn't really anything original about the story, it was light-hearted, quick read but it didn't have me wanting to pick it up after I'd put it down. I also didn't feel that much emotion for the characters and I think there were a few plot holes. Like when Markus is cross with Julia and then happy with her two seconds later and then where Carina and Julia don't get on and then when it's time for Julia to leave, they're the best of friends.I did like the relationship between Julia and her mother and how she wasn't acting all star struck by Carina and I won't lie,there were a few good moments in the book.

If you want a quick, sweet read, then read this but if you're looking for an amazing book, you might want to consider some other book! :)

I give it: 3 CUPCAKES!

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Thursday, 17 May 2012

Review - The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants - Ann Brashares

The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants - Ann Brashares

Title:The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 
Author: Ann Brashares
Genre: Best Friends, Summer, Family 
Publication Date: march 11, 2003
Pages: Paperback, 299 pages

Goodreads: Carmen got the jeans at a thrift shop. They didn’t look all that great: they were worn, dirty, and speckled with bleach. On the night before she and her friends part for the summer, Carmen decides to toss them. But Tibby says they’re great. She'd love to have them. Lena and Bridget also think they’re fabulous. Lena decides that they should all try them on. Whoever they fit best will get them. Nobody knows why, but the pants fit everyone perfectly. Even Carmen (who never thinks she looks good in anything) thinks she looks good in the pants. Over a few bags of cheese puffs, they decide to form a sisterhood and take the vow of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants . . . the next morning, they say good-bye. And then the journey of the pants — and the most memorable summer of their lives — begins.

One word only can describe this book. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I'm serious. This book is one of those books that when you've finished reading it, you just close your eyes, take a breath and think about what you've just read. 

The author has written this book in a way that you feel what the character's are feeling, you sympathize with them, you empathize with them.  You feel like you're included with them. And they characters? They're brilliant! You can see exactly how their lives are now and how they were previously. They're all best friends but they're all so different which makes the story even more interesting!

There's Carmen, the narrator in the prologue and the epilogue, she is known as the sensitive one, the caring one. There's Bridget, wild, outgoing, energetic and gorgeous. But as you go through the book, you see how she really is inside. Their is Tibby, the skinny rebel of the story. You can see why she is a bit of a rebel and you begin to understand her. And then last, but not least, my favourite...Lena! Lena is nicknamed Aphrodite because she is so beautiful, in this graceful, artistic way. She dresses in clothes that don't attract too much attention to herself as she is very shy and the thing she loves best, is to sit in a peaceful, quiet place and paint. I'm not sure why but I just adored Lena, it's like we clicked, does that make sense? :)

So if you're looking for an enchanting, magical read about four friends that are as close as sisters and a special pair of pants, READ THIS BOOK! You won't regret it! 

I give it: 5 CUPCAKES

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Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Waiting on Wednesday 2# : 16 May 2012

Waiting On Wednesday:
White Dolphin
Gill Lewis

Title:White Dolphin
Author:Gill Lewis
Publication Date:May 3, 2012

From Love reading 4 Kids

Bullied at school for her dyslexia and troubled by her mother's unexplained disappearance, Kara seeks sanctuary sailing the ocean's waves in her father's boat. Meanwhile, Felix resents his well-meaning parents for dragging him to live by the coast and misses his old friends back in London. On their first encounter, Kara and Felix take an immediate dislike to each other. But when they happen to discover a dolphin calf stranded on the beach they know they must work together to save it against all odds. Realising they have more in common than they could ever have guessed, the two friends set out to find the truth behind the disappearance of Kara's marine biologist mother and to protect the delicate reef in the bay of their home town from the destruction of commercial dredging. Their actions set in motion a dramatic chain of events that no one could have foreseen. And soon they must make an impossible choice. Risk their own lives or face losing everything ...

I know it has already been published but I thought that it looked like an unique and uplifting story. What do you think?

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WWW Wednesday 2#

WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly book meme that is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?
My Answers!: 
What I am currently reading:
1. The SisterHood of the Travelling Pants - Ann Brashares. I'm LOVING this book!
2. Guinea Pig in the Garage - Ben M. Baglio
3. The Princess and the Pauper - Kate Brian. 
What did you recently just finish reading?:
The Stone Rose by Jacqueline Rayner. I've been pretty slow with my reading lately, life's been hectic!
What do you think you'll read next?:
Zoe and Chloe on the Prowl by Sue Limb, it looks interesting and funny! 

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Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Teaser Tuesday 2#

Teaser Tuesday 2# 

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly book meme that is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Here are my, ahem, few teasers from The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants - Anne Brashares:

She personally thought that the only reason most girls put up with most boys at all was because they needed reassurance that they were pretty. That was one thing, maybe the only thing, Lena knew about herself without reassurance. Lena’s friends called her Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. The beauty part was more or less on tar­get, but the love part was a joke. Lena was not a romantic. “Lena, this is Kostos,” Grandma said. Lena could tell Grandma was trying to be cool, but she was just about blowing a gasket with excitement. “Kostos, this is my granddaughter Lena,” Grandma said with a flourish, as though she were presenting a game show contestant with his new red car. Lena stuck her hand out stiffly and shook his, heading off any spontaneous Greek cheek-kissing. He studied her face while he shook her hand. She could tell he was trying to hold her eyes for a moment, but she looked down. 
And the second one: 
“Kostos, have you met my sister, Effie, yet?” Effie had been bobbing around nearby the whole time, so it wasn’t hard to find her elbow and pull her over. Kostos smiled. “You look like sisters,” he said, and 
Lena wanted to hug him for it. For some reason, people always paid more attention to their differences than their similarities. Maybe it took a Greek to see it. “Who’s older?” he asked. 
“I’m older, but Effie’s nicer,” Lena said. 
 “Oh, please,” Grandma said, practically snorting. 
“Just a year older,” Effie chimed in. “Fifteen months, 
“I see,” Kostos answered. 
“She’s only fourteen,” Grandma felt the need to point 
out. “Lena will be sixteen at the end of the summer.” 
“Do you have brothers or sisters?” Effie, the eager 
subject-changer, asked. 
Kostos’s face became subtly guarded. “No . . . just 
“Oh,” both girls said. Judging from Kostos’s expres­sion, Lena could tell there was more to the story than 
that, and she silently prayed Effie wouldn’t ask any more about it. She didn't want to get into intimacies 

Last one! :) 
Later, she sat on the single chair outside the front door eating delicious stuffed grape leaves called dol­mades, and olives. As many thousands of times as she’d eaten Greek food back in Maryland, it had never tasted precisely like this. Kostos peered out the door. “There you are,” he said. “You like to sit alone?” She nodded. She’d chosen this spot mostly for its one 
chair. “I see.” He was very, very handsome. His hair was dark and wavy, and his eyes were yellow-green. There was a slight bump on the bridge of his nose. That means you should go away, she urged him silently. 
Kostos walked into the passageway that led past her grandparents’ home and wound up the cliff. He pointed downhill. “That’s my house,” he said, pointing to a similar structure about five doors down. It had a wrought-iron balcony on the second floor painted a vibrant green and holding back an avalanche of flowers. 
“Oh. Long walk,” she said. He smiled. 
She was about to ask whether he lived with his grandparents, but then she realized that would be invit­ing a conversation. He leaned against the whitewashed wall of the passage­way. So much for the notion that Greek men were short. “Would you like to take a walk with me?” he asked. “I want to show you Ammoudi, the little village at the bot­tom of the cliff.” 
“No thanks,” she said. She didn’t even make an excuse. She had learned long ago that boys took excuses 
as further reasons to ask you out. He studied her face a moment, openly disappointed. “Maybe another time,” he said. She wanted him to go back inside and ask Effie to see Ammoudi, but instead he walked slowly down the hill and into his house. I’m sorry you asked me out,  she told him silently. Otherwise maybe I could have liked you. 

Sorry it was so long but I really thought they were good teasers! Lol! They're on pages 72 and 73 in that edition of the book! You must read this book, I'm hooked! :)

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