Sunday, June 27, 2010
Synopsis (From Goodreads):
When having money is all that matters, what happens when you lose it all?
Perfect, picturesque Orchard Hill. It was the last thing Ally Ryan saw in the rear-view mirror as her mother drove them out of town and away from the shame of the scandal her father caused when his hedge fund went south and practically bankrupted all their friends -- friends that liked having trust funds and new cars, and that didn't like constant reminders that they had been swindled. So it was adios, Orchard Hill. Thanks for nothing.
Now, two years later, Ally's mother has landed a job back at the site of their downfall. So instead of Ally's new low-key, happy life, it'll be back into the snake pit with the likes of Shannen Moore and Hammond Ross.
But then there's Jake Graydon. Handsome, wealthy, bored Jake Graydon. He moved to town after Ally left and knows nothing of her scandal, but does know that he likes her. And she likes him. So off into the sunset they can go, right? Too bad Jake's friends have a problem with his new crush since it would make Ally happy. And if anyone deserves to be unhappy, it's Ally Ryan.
Ally was hoping to have left all the drama in the past, but some things just can't be forgotten. Isn't there more to life than money?
Publishers: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Pub. Date: May 25, 2010
Kieran Scott does it again with another big hit! I love She's So Dead to Us. It's about this girl, Ally Ryan, who loses everything. She had to move away from her hometown because her dad loses a lot of money. Not only their money but the parents of Ally's friends money as well. So its goodbye rich lifestyle for Ally.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Fourteen-year-old Max Murphy, video-gamer extraordinaire, is furious when his archaeologist parents cancel the family vacation to go on a dig in Central America. But things go from bad to worse when Max is summoned to join them, only to discover that his parents have vanished. With the help of Lola, a fast-talking, quick-thinking Maya girl, Max embarks on a quest to find out just what’s going on. Soon Max and Lola are running for their lives in the perilous rainforest, as they unlock ancient secrets, meet mysterious strangers, and begin to understand that, in San Xavier, nothing is ever as it seems.
Fate has delivered a challenge of epic proportions to Max Murphy. But can a teen whose biggest talent is for video games rescue his parents from the Maya Underworld and save himself from the villainous Lords of Death?
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Following a terrible tragedy that leaves her once-perfect family shattered, Katherine Patterson moves to a new city, starts at a new school, and looks forward to a new life of quiet anonymity.
But when Katherine meets the gregarious and beautiful Alice Parrie her resolution to live a solitary life becomes difficult. Katherine is unable resist the flattering attention that Alice pays her and is so charmed by Alice’s contagious enthusiasm that the two girls soon become firm friends. Alice’s joie de vivre is transformative; it helps Katherine forget her painful past and slowly, tentatively, Katherine allows herself to start enjoying life again.
But being friends with Alice is complicated – and as Katherine gets to know her better she discovers that although Alice can be charming and generous she can also be selfish and egocentric. Sometimes, even, Alice is cruel.
And when Katherine starts to wonder if Alice is really the kind of person she wants as a friend, she discovers something else about Alice - she doesn’t like being cast off.
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Friday, June 11, 2010
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1200 years later, in Boston, Massachusetts, 14-old Max Murphy is looking forward to a family vacation. But his parents, both archaeologists and Maya experts, announce a change in plan. They must leave immediately for a dig in San Xavier, the tiny Central American country where his father grew up. Max will go to summer camp. Max is furious. He's always suspected that his parents cared more about the Ancient May than about him and this proves it. When he's mysteriously summoned to San Xavier, he thinks they've had a change of heart. But he's met at the airport by one of their colleagues, who explains that his parents have gone missing at the remote Maya temple of Ix Chel. He also tells Max the legend of The Jaguar Stones, the five sacred stones of Middleworld (the Maya name for the world of men) which enabled Ancient May kings to wield the powers of living gods.
And so begins Max Murphy's wild adventure in the tropical rainforests of San Xavier. During his journey, he will unlock ancient secrets and meet strangers who are connected to him in ways he could never have imagined. For fate has delivered a challenge of epic proportions to this papered teenager. Can Max rescue his parents from the Maya Underworld and save the world from the Lords of Death, who now control the power of the Jaguar Stones in their villainous hands? The scene is set for a roller-coaster ride of suspense and terror, as the good guys and the bad guys faceoff against a background of haunted temples, zombie armies and human sacrifice.
Friday, June 4, 2010
I still have not found my usb cord for my camera so I'm really sorry I don't have pictures to show what the bookmarks and tattoos look like. Well, all the more mystery to want to know what they look like. :)
Thursday, June 3, 2010
I hugged my sisters and they fit against my sides like two jigsaw pieces that would never fit anywhere else. I couldn't imagine ever letting them go again, like releasing them would be to surrender the best parts of myself.
Three sisters share a magical, unshakeable bond in this witty high-concept novel from the critically acclaimed author of Audrey, Wait! Around the time of their parents' divorce, sisters April, May, and June recover special powers from childhood—powers that come in handy navigating the hell that is high school. Powers that help them cope with the hardest year of their lives. But could they have a greater purpose?
April, the oldest and a bit of a worrier, can see the future. Middle-child May can literally disappear. And baby June reads minds—everyone's but her own. When April gets a vision of disaster, the girls come together to save the day and reconcile their strained family. They realize that no matter what happens, powers or no powers, they'll always have each other.
Because there's one thing stronger than magic: sisterhood.
Publish date: August 3, 2010
To start off I read this book back in May. I've been struggling to find the right way to review this book, it deserves a great review. This book is in my top 5 favorite books of 2010.
The novel is by Robin Benway and this is her second book. After reading The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June I'm a huge fan of her writing. The characters are the most real and funny people you will ever read about.
April, the oldest, can see the future. She feels the need to protect her sisters, and is the almost perfect girl (No one can be perfect).
May, the middle-child, can become invisible. May is a loner, but has a witty sense of humor.
June, the youngest of the three, can read people's minds. June is just a young girl who wants to fit in and be popular.
I loved all three girls, they are so easy to relate to. I saw myself and my own sister in each of the girls. I'm like April and May, and my sister is most like June.
Here is a little secret of my own: When I read a book I take notes on my cell phone. I like keeping track of the mistakes in books and my favorite parts. So later on I can come back and read again. With Benway's latest book I couldn't just write each page as my favorite. Instead I basically put EVERY chapter as my favorite part of the book.
I was drawn in from page one. This book is not easy to put down. You'll want to keep reading until you finish, because it is indeed extraordinary. The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June is a great book to read for fun, when you need cheering up, rainy days, or a beach read.
The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June has a good blend of romance, the bond between sisters, humor, and the struggles of just being a teenager. Including twists and surprises you don't see coming. Towards the end everything fits together like a puzzle and I loved how it was planned.