Thursday, March 27, 2008

Hotlanta, by Denene Millner and Mitzi Miller, tells the story of two sisters. They are the Duke Twins, Sydney and Lauren. They attend the most prestigous private school in Atlanta, and live in the most exlclusive neighborhood. On the outside looking in, things seems perfect. Sydney, is the overachiever, the one destined for greatness and ivy league schools, while self-centered Lauren only looks out for herself, and couldn't care less about anyone else. Their lives are blown apart when their biological father is released from prison, and threatens to challenge everything they have ever known. Lies, murder, and money. Is anything ever as it seems.
This book is a page turner. It started out as many books that could be considered the same genre(Gossip Girl, A-List, etc) did. As I read on though, I found that their lives were more complexed than they seemed. The characters are developed really well, and easy to relate to. It also gives good description, and makes it easy to visualize one of the most urban spots in the U.S. It gives just the right amount of tension, unfolding one thing as another thing is solved. My only regret is that you don't get to find out what's really going to happen by the end. You have to trust the characters, and wait for the next book.

The Year My Sister Got Lucky

The story begins when two sisters, Katie and Michaela Wilder, are moved from fast-paced New York city to rural Fir Lake. Katie is devastated and feels like her and her sisters dreams of being prima ballerina were being shattered. While Katie pushes herself into further reclusion, Michaela shines, turning herself into a social butterfly. With every minute Katie feels herself growing further and further apart from her sister. When this new, secretive girl appears before her, she starts to question whether she ever really knew her at all. Who is this girl who parties all the time, and is suddenly not afraid to talk to boys? Katie wants to stay close to her sister, but after she finds out a shocking secret she starts to question even that.
If you are looking for something light to read this is for you. It's funny and may keep the pages turning, but unfortunately that is really all that there is to it. The big secret was plain almost from the beginning of the story, so I was a little disappointed when it finally came out. For me, the ending was anti-climatic. For those of you who have read it, what did you think? Am I right or wrong?

Things I Can't Wait to Read continued...

EM WATTS IS GONE.Emerson Watts didn't even want to go to the new SoHo Stark Megastore grand opening. But someone needed to look out for her sister, Frida, whose crush, British heartthrob Gabriel Luna, would be singing and signing autographs there-along with the newly appointed Face of Stark, teen supermodel sensation Nikki Howard. How was Em to know that disaster would strike, changing her-and life as she'd known it-forever? One bizarre accident later, and Em Watts, always the tomboy, never the party princess, is no longer herself. Literally.Now getting her best friend, Christopher, to notice that she's actually a girl is the least of Em's problems. But what Em's pretty sure she'll never be able to accept might just turn out to be the one thing that's going to make her dream come true . . . .NIKKI HOWARD IS HERE TO STAY.
With all of the book releases this spring, it seems this one is getting lost in the dust. I'm not hearing too much about it. It seems interesting though. What do you think?

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

A Great and Terrible Beauty

I know everyone has probably already seen all of those videos at the bottom, but I like them none-the-less. Anyone excited for the movie?

Coming Soon: Things I Can't Wait to Read

Lock and Key: "Ruby, where is your mother?" Ruby knows that the game is up. For the past few months, she's been on her own in the yellow house, managing somehow, knowing that her mother will probably never return.That's how she comes to live with Cora, the sister she hasn't seen in ten years, and Cora's husband Jamie, whose down-to-earth demeanor makes it hard for Ruby to believe he founded the most popular networking Web site around. A luxurious house, fancy private school, a new wardrobe, the promise of college and a future—it's a dream come true. So why is Ruby such a reluctant Cinderella, wary and defensive? And why is Nate, the genial boy next door with some secrets of his own, unable to accept the help that Ruby is just learning to give?

When 16 year old Amy vacations with her family on the Jersey Shore, fun is the last thing that comes to her mind. Her best friend bails out at the last minute, while her sister and her friend seem to want to make her life a living nightmare. When Amy stumbles across Mermaid Park, it was like a breath of fresh air. What's more, there is something magical that she just can't put her finger on. Maybe this summer she'll come to grips with the self she never knew she was.
A novel by Beth Mayall

When 16 year old Jordan gets rid of her frizzy hair, and conservative clothes things are finally looking up. But when she tries out for a famous musician's music video and makes it, while her best friend doesn't, things take a turn for the worst. In these trying times Jordan learns what real friendship is. A Kimani Tru novel written by 18 year old Cassandra Carter.