Friday, January 21, 2011

Book Review

Lust by Robin Wasserman

Alpha girl Harper is used to getting what she wants, 
and that means Adam, 
Beth’s all-American boytoy.
Blonde, boring Beth, who Kane,
the charming playah, secretly wants too.
Miranda thinks Kane is out of her league,
but she wants him all the same.
And then there’s the new girl,
Kaia, who only wants trouble,
and he’s definitely on his way.
Like the book Private, I randomly picked this book up as well. When I first saw it, I  thought of the movie Seven, with Brad Pitt, and I just brought it to the library counter without even reading the back. This book is basically a young adult soap opera staring high school seniors who live in a small boring town out in the middle of nowhere. The whole book is about who loves who and who has sex with who, it almost reminds me of Beverly Hills 90210 just in book form.
The first sentence of the book made me gasp, then laugh completely out loud, people stared (it’s not the first time though, I tend to laugh a lot in public while reading books). So just a taste of this book for y’all...”‘And it was the best sex I ever had.‘ Harper finished off  the story with her favorite line and a lascivious grin.” And as sad as it might be, I was kinda hooked. I wanted to know about all the drama that these small town kids were going through. Little did I know it really was all about sex and love and loving someone who doesn’t love you back and the thrill of the chase and blah blah blah. However, it was interesting enough to finish. 
I feel like the plot of the story could have been a little bit better with more to it, I wasn’t really expecting much when I picked it up off of my nightstand so I don’t really know (unfortunately.) I think the characters were basic young adult characters that I have seen in other books, like Gossip Girl. The boys were gorgeous, one being an All-American, very athletic, great to his girlfriend, and the other being a complete player. The girls were all pretty in different ways, except possibly one, which she ended up being my favorite character. I mean she had FLAWS, she had body image issues and it was great to read about. One girl was from a big city and acted all that, the other was all that in her small town. It was almost like you have seen it before. The ending actually made me want to see what was going to happen in the next book, it left me with a cliff hanger and I just want to know if it works out, so I will be reading book 2 titled Envy.
Cover: 9/10
Beginning: 4/5
Ending: 4/5
Plot:  7/10
Characters: 8/10
Satisfaction: 8/10
Grade: 80%= B-

Monday, January 17, 2011

Book Review

Private by Kate Brian
Tradition, Honor, Excellence...and secrets so dark they’re almost invisible.
Fifteen-year old Reed Brennan wins a scholarship to Easton Academy- the golden ticket away from her pill-popping mother and run-of-the-mill suburban life. But when she arrives on the beautiful, tradition-steeped campus of Easton, everyone is just a bit more sophisticated, a bit more gorgeous, and a lot wealthier than she ever though possible. Reed realizes that even though she has been accepted to Easton, Easton has not accepted her. She Feels like she’s on the Outside, looking in.
Until she meets the Billings girls.
They are the most beautiful, intelligent, and intensely confident girls on campus. And they know it. They hold all the power in a world where power is fleeting but means everything. Reed vows to do whatever it takes to be accepted into their inner circle.
I randomly picked this book up from the library in December, and finally began reading at the beginning of this month. The first thing I saw was the title, which intrigued me slightly. When I read the synopsis, and knowing in the back of my mind reading challenges I wanted to participate in this year, I decided to try it out. The cover isn’t that amazing, I feel like it could have been done better, like maybe if the 3 girls on the front were in some sort of conversation and then the girl that you don’t see on the back is actually on the front cover, so you get the whole picture. Just maybe, I am not creative in that way, my sister is the artist, i am the musician, so I don’t know amazing ways to make it better looking. 
So the beginning of the book was ok, just simply ok. It wasn’t so amazing that I couldn’t put it down because I wanted to know more, and it wasn’t so terribly bad that I had to put it down because just the thought of finishing it made me go crazy. The book seemed to get better during the middle and the end, making me want to know more about the Billings Girls and Reed’s crush, Thomas. At some points during the book, I got really angry at the main character, Reed. She knew that the Billings girls were using him, yet she still wanted to be one of them, still thought that they were so much better than the girls on her floor. (BTW I really hope I am not saying too much) 
As for the characters themselves, I thought Kate Brian did a pretty good job describing them, at least as much as she could in the first book. I really want to know more about the Billings girls, but I know that I need to keep reading the series to find out all I can about them. Especially since the ending definitely through me for a loop concerning these girls. I gave this book an 8 for satisfaction while reading. It was an easy read, and it was enjoyable for the most part, and I really enjoy Kate Brian’s work, at least I really enjoyed a book that she wrote using her real name, Kieran Scott. I do think I will read the rest of the series in hopes to learn more about what is going on at the school. 
Cover: 7/10
Beginning: 3/5
Ending:     5/5
Plot: 8/10
Characters: 10/10
Satisfaction: 8/10
Grade:         82%= B-