On vacation and still reading!

I’m officially off work for 3 weeks and out & about visiting family this week.  But still have my books with me 🙂  Just started reading Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel and it’s looking like another great read!  I’ll have some time in the next couple of days to read by the lake – so looking forward to it!


It All Started with a Dare by Lindsay Faith Rech

A refreshing and funny book!  Oh the situations CG got herself into right from her first day in Beaubridge!  She was SO determined to BE someone in her new high school that she created a whole new person, complete with lies upon lies upon lies.  I have to admit that there were several parts where I found myself shaking my head and laughing at how desperate we can be at times – especially during those formative teenage high school years.  We want SOOOoooo  much to fit in and be a part of the in-group that at times we’ll do just about anything – and that about sums up CG’s motivation behind her new persona.

CG was lucky and became one of the Four Tops (the popular girl group) shortly after arriving at her new school.  When asked to play Truth & Dare at her first sleepover she develops a new twist to the game and starts her way down a path to discovering the new CG.  CG somehow finds herself involved in a love triangle, claiming she’s an alcoholic, and has her friends and her school believing she’s a rebel.  Heck they even start a new fashion fad and attribute it to CG!

I really enjoyed this book – as I noted above it was refreshing and funny yet very true!  I especially enjoyed the language – yes sometimes a little harsh but very frank and to the point – just as I would expect these teens to talk!  This is one of those books I wish all young ladies would take the time to read – I think they could really learn a lot!

Highly recommended

Ages: 14 and up

Favourite quote(s):

“For as cute as he is, for as charming and witty as he appears in print, Bill has got to be the most boring nimrod I’ve ever met in my entire life.”

“No matter how much I might screw up, I never thought either of you would question my character.  I always took for granted that you two would be able to see past my mistakes straight through to the real me, that you’d both always know exactly who I was – even when I wasn’t so sure.”

Note: since this is a digital galley I will not publish page numbers until I can confirm location in the published novel.

Rech, Lindsay Faith.  (2010).  It All Started with a Dare.  Digital galley obtained from NetGalley. Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Author website:  http://www.lindsayfaithrech.com/

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

The second book in Maggie Stiefvater’s trilogy about the wolves of Mercy Falls.  I really enjoy books in a trilogy or a series that pick up where the last one left off and this was one of these great books.  For anyone who has NOT read Shiver beware this review may be a plot spoiler!  I absolutely LOVE how the book started – it’s very first line:  “This is a story of a boy who used to be a wolf and a girl who was becoming one.” It set the stage very nicely but as I read through the book I had to wonder whether it was true or not!  What do I mean?  Well, yes Sam stayed a boy and we experienced all his struggles, his insecurities and his questions – but it took like FOREVER, to see and understand that Grace was indeed moving toward becoming a wolf.

I think for me the length of time it took to get to that part made the story a bit long and drawn out for me.  Mind you about 3/4 of the way through that’s when I couldn’t put the book down!  I really enjoyed the romance and love story part of the first book, Shiver, and I really didn’t get that from this book.  However, now that we know a bit more about these wolves from Cole, I CANNOT wait to see what happens in the third and final installment of this trilogy, Forever.  Of course with a title like that – makes me wonder – forever as wolves or forever as humans????  2011 – really?  ugh a long time to wait.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it.

Ages:  14 and up

Here’s the book trailer for Linger – beautiful music and artwork!!!

To view my thoughts on Shiver

Favourite quote(s):

“… Life’s pain.  You just have to get over as much of it as you can.”        p. 242

“There was a lot of hushed talking back and forth, with enough technical jargon to gag a maggot……”            p. 340

Stiefvater, Maggie. (2010).  Linger.  New York, NY: Scholastic Press.

Author’s Wolves of Mercy Falls website:  http://www.maggiestiefvater.com/shiver/index.php

Summertime Blogging

Eeekkkk…  looks like I’m suffering from summer blog blues?  If there’s such a thing.  Actually I don’t think I can really call it the blues – but rather a case of being so busy with life that I haven’t made too much time for my blog lately.

But don’t you fret – I’ve been reading still 🙂  I’ve also picked up my knitting habit again – so there seems to be a trade-off day by day – knitting vs. reading.  So my reading has been pushed back to bath-time and bedtime.  I did finish Linger by Maggie Stiefvater last week – but haven’t gotten around to writing my review yet.  Up until now I’ve been very good about writing my reviews – I finish the book I write the review – but I tell you this summer thing has really got me!

I will catch up – no worries…  I will update my current readings though – as I’m almost through It Started with a Dare by Lindsay Faith Rech, halfway through Pure by Terra Elan McVoy and I just bought Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel tonight (and of course I started that one too…).

So despite my blogging silence I continue to read, read, read….