I started reading Anne of Green Gables because of High School Entrance Exam. I thought Anne of Green Gables was going to be a dreadfully boring book that talks in confusing Old English. I was wrong. Anne of Green Gables is a wonderful series that I now enjoy reading. Anne is highly amusing to read about. Anne is the stereotype redhead though. She has a temper to match with her hair, but she’s also very imaginative and comes from a interesting background. She’s a orphan ever since she was a baby when both of her parents die. She was raising by a neighbor with three sets of twins and two more children. Anne in return was forced to help raise and take care of these children. Mrs. Thomas can’t take care of her anymore so she is sent to an aslyum, which is an orphanage in the old days. Anne finally accidentally lands in the loving hands of Marilla and Matthew. The Anne series is about Anne growing up, meeting kindred souls, and falling in love. This is a great book and so great that there are television shows about the series and movies.

My rating: ***** out of 5
Comments: Most enjoyable old book I’ve read yet.

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Die For Me (Revenants, #1) by Amy Plum

Hardcover, 341 pages
Published May 10th 2011 by HarperTeen
In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity. When Kate Mercier’s parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life–and memories–behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate’s guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he’s a revenant–an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again.In this incandescent debut, newcomer Amy Plum has created a powerful paranormal mythology with immortal revenants. The Paris setting comes enchantingly alive as a relentless struggle between good and evil takes place in its streets. Rich with romance, atmosphere, and thrills, Die for Me will leave readers breathlessly awaiting its sequel. – Goodreads
My Opinion: this was an interesting read. I really liked the different ways that Vincent’s supernaturalness is described and it was just different. However something that bugged me a little was that it was a little similar to Twilight. For example the way the relationship started out, about how Kate became obsessive about Vincent reminded me of Bella and Edward. But other than that I think that the story was unique.
 
I really enjoyed the ending. It just worked really well I think. I can’t wait to see what the next one in the series is going to be like. I also really enjoyed the setting. I wonder if the locations in the book are there in Paris. Like the out door market that Vincent showed Kate.
Plus the cover is GORGEOUS! I really like the dress. I think its supposed to be like the one that she gets from Vincent.
 
Overall I think the story was cute and sweet and a great read.
 
Overall: 4 out of 5
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The Vampire Stalker by Allison van Diepen

Hardcover, 272 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Point
What if the characters in a vampire novel left their world–and came into yours?
Amy is in love with someone who doesn’t exist: Alexander Banks, the dashing hero in a popular series of vampire novels. Then one night, Amy meets a boy who bears an eerie resemblance to Alexander. In fact, he IS Alexander, who has escaped from the pages of the book and is in hot pursuit of a wicked vampire named Vigo. Together, Amy and Alexander set out to track Vigo and learn how and why Alexander crossed over. But when she and Alexander begin to fall for each other, Amy wonders if she even wants him to ever return to the realm of fiction. – Goodreads
My Opinion: this was definitely a unique read. There were lots of great things but i have to say that this is the first book where I have read that does the whole relationship with a character from a book. It was just interesting to keep reading to see what Vigo would do and how Alexander would react and if finally Amy and Alexander would go anywhere with their relationship.

My favorite character was Katie. Not just because she has my name, but also because she is tiny and can do A LOT of damage, physically. But we also share some similar qualities and she seems like a great friend to have in a time of crisis.

I also really enjoyed that I was on my toes the whole entire time wanting to know when Vigo’s next victim would come and who they would be especially when he started threatening Amy and her family and friends. It was interesting watching the development between all the characters. I really also enjoyed how the police reacted to the “vampire murders” and how they were willing to accept the impossible. I don’t think that would happen in real life. But I also really enjoyed that they were willing to work with Amy on how to defeat him.

The ending was interesting as well. I don’t want to spoil it but I really hope that there will a second or third book to this novel. But I haven’t heard anything about it. Plus the cover is really interesting.

Overall: 4.75 out of 5

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Wrapped by Jennifer Bradbury

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by Atheneum
Agnes Wilkins is standing in front of an Egyptian mummy, about to make the first cut into the wrappings, about to unlock ancient (and not-so-ancient) history.Maybe you think this girl is wearing a pith helmet with antique dust swirling around her.Maybe you think she is a young Egyptologist who has arrived in Cairo on camelback. Maybe she would like to think that too. Agnes Wilkins dreams of adventures that reach beyond the garden walls, but reality for a seventeen-year-old debutante in 1815 London does not allow for camels—or dust, even. No, Agnes can only see a mummy when she is wearing a new silk gown and standing on the verdant lawns of Lord Showalter’s estate, with chaperones fussing about and strolling sitar players straining to create an exotic “atmosphere” for the first party of the season. An unwrapping.
This is the start of it all, Agnes’s debut season, the pretty girl parade that offers only ever-shrinking options: home, husband, and high society. It’s also the start of something else, because the mummy Agnes unwraps isn’t just a mummy. It’s a host for a secret that could unravel a new destiny—unleashing mystery, an international intrigue, and possibly a curse in the bargain.
Get wrapped up in the adventure . . . but keep your wits about you, dear Agnes. – Goodreads
My Opinion: This was a fun read. It was an interesting mystery and I liked the historical aspect. It was fun to see the mix of Egyptian history put in with the British/French war. It was fun to see how Napoleon was viewed by the British at that time period. I really liked the whole espionage aspect as well. It was interesting to see how Agnes and her partner would try to lose the person who is following them to see who the actual double agent is.
Agnes was also a really interesting character because of how restricted her life would have been had she actually wanted to follow the norms for women at the time. I love that she spoke so many languages and had all of these dreams and hopes to see the world. The setting was also pretty interesting because what she had to do for the time, all the sneaking around and the fun I think she was having with that.
Overall, I really hope that this will be a series because the ending was amazing and left an opening for a series in my opinion that could lead to a popular series.
Overall: 4.75 out of 5
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How would I describe this book? Probably as “a satirical social critique disguised as a John Greenesque high school sex comedy.” With a narrative voice straight out of a Woody Allen film, Ned Vizzini tells the story of a typical neurotic teenaged schmuck named Jeremy Heere, who inhabits a very atypical plot. He, wanting to be more cool, swallows a pill called a “squip” which is a supercomputer in pill form that begins to inhabit his brain and control his life. This makes him cool, but at the same time takes a toll on his personal life. Did I like Be More Chill? That’s a hard question. Often the tone of the book was too arch-snobbish for me, and the wannabe-Byron protagonist often grated, but the little complexities (e.g. the implied fact that the book is set in an alternate reality) and the dry, sarcastic sense of humor that the squip (who speaks with Jeremy throughout the entire book) itself has pushes past those small disputes I had before. Over all, Be More Chill is a flawed, but entertaining book.

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Enclave (Razorland, #1) by Ann Aguirre

Hardcover, 259 pages
Published April 12th 2011 by Feiwel & Friends
WELCOME TO THE APOCALYPSE In Deuce’s world, people earn the right to a name only if they survive their first fifteen years. By that point, each unnamed ‘brat’ has trained into one of three groups–Breeders, Builders, or Hunters, identifiable by the number of scars they bear on their arms. Deuce has wanted to be a Huntress for as long as she can remember.
As a Huntress, her purpose is clear—to brave the dangerous tunnels outside the enclave and bring back meat to feed the group while evading ferocious monsters known as Freaks. She’s worked toward this goal her whole life, and nothing’s going to stop her, not even a beautiful, brooding Hunter named Fade. When the mysterious boy becomes her partner, Deuce’s troubles are just beginning.
Down below, deviation from the rules is punished swiftly and harshly, and Fade doesn’t like following orders. At first she thinks he’s crazy, but as death stalks their sanctuary, and it becomes clear the elders don’t always know best, Deuce wonders if Fade might be telling the truth. Her partner confuses her; she’s never known a boy like him before, as prone to touching her gently as using his knives with feral grace.
As Deuce’s perception shifts, so does the balance in the constant battle for survival. The mindless Freaks, once considered a threat only due to their sheer numbers, show signs of cunning and strategy… but the elders refuse to heed any warnings. Despite imminent disaster, the enclave puts their faith in strictures and sacrifice instead. No matter how she tries, Deuce cannot stem the dark tide that carries her far from the only world she’s ever known. – Goodreads
My Opinion: I really really really liked this. It reminded me of Aftertime by Sophie Littlefield and also of Resident Evil. It has a lot of action and the characters are fantastic. Duece is awesome and so is Fade. They have a really amazing partnership and I’m surprised that they didn’t get together. Stalker and Tegan were also interesting characters but I think that Fade was my favorite just from the little history that is kept a history. My second favorite was a tie between Duece and Silk. Silk is supposed to be a leader for the Hunters but she can also tell when the leaders of the Enclave are doing something and she doesn’t speak up because she knows that if she does… they will exile her and she wont be able to protect them anymore.
 
Something that really confused me was that after they meet with the Gangs and are in the city they find out that the Enclaves underground are called colleges and they stop calling it the Enclave and it becomes known as the College. That confused me a little, and then I got a little mad because Enclave sounded so much cooler than College, but whatever that was just my little rant. Anyways, the world was similar to the world of Aftertime. There are both these mutant Freak people a.k.a Zombies that have been made that way after a “disease”(or is it?) hit sometime ago. I’m not exactly sure as to where the book’s setting actually is but my guess would be somewhere in or near New York.
 
The plot was pretty cool as well. Duece changes a lot. She learns to not follow blindly and to protect better and learn more about her partner. Overall it was a fun and easy read that was quite enjoyable and action packed. You wont want to put it down!
 
Overall: 5 out of 5
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Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls, #1) by C.C. Hunter

Paperback, 416 pages

Published March 29th 2011 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Don’t miss this spectacular new series that will steal your heart and haunt your dreams,  Welcome to Shadow Falls camp, nestled deep in the woods of a town called Fallen…
One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever.  Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls—a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just “troubled.”  Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapshifters, witches and fairies train side by side—learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world.
Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either.  Or does she?  They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason.  As if life wasn’t complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas.  Derek’s a half-fae who’s determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin’ hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past.  Both Derek and Lucas couldn’t be more different, but they both have a powerful hold on her heart.
Even though Kylie feels deeply uncertain about everything, one thing is becoming painfully clear—Shadow Falls is exactly where she belongs… – Goodreads

My Opinion: This had some downs… mostly in the beginning of the book were I felt like nothing was happening and that I was becoming a little bored. I wanted a little more action and more mystery maybe. Kylie seems like a good girl gone a little crazy but that is understandable because her whole life practically is falling apart right in front of her and she can’t do anything about it. I really liked the mixture of supernatural creatures/monsters that were thrown into the mix of this book and I really liked the idea of the camp.
Something that I REALLY liked that was that we didn’t find out what she is. So that just keeps the mystery going. I can’t wait for the next book in the series. I seriously hope that we find out then because I don’t think that I can wait that long to find out what she is. I have a couple of ideas but maybe I”m wrong.  Anyways the characters were pretty interesting and entertaining. The setting awesome… what more could you ask for?
Overall: 4 out of 5

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I love this series. This is the second book in the Dark Divine Series. I finished it about last week. It’s a fabulous book just like it’s predecessor. This book goes more into the history behind the book. I can’t wait for the third book. I would tell you about it but then there would be spoilers. So summary of first book below:

(P.S A MUST READ for werewolf lover and Jacob Fans like myself.)

The first one:
This is the beginning of Grace Divine. Wonder why she has such a pure name, and not a regular name? She the daughter of a pastor. She lives in a small town outside of city.  She’s the perfect student,  pastor’s daughter, and the role model for all of the girls in the town. Everything changes when Daniel comes back, a childhood neighbor friend that was so close to the Divine family that they called him family comes back to Grace’s art class, school, and heart. Incindentally he’s still as hot as ever but when she brings him home, the family freaks. Troubling events happen like when her baby brother James disappears, but Daniel comes to save the day. Grace is completely frighted when he started sniffing to find James and  has supernatural speed to catch James before he falls. Daniel tries to convince her that she’s tired and sleepy from trying to find Baby James all night. Do you believe him?

Don’t you just love the covers? The author is trying to get nail polish to come out in these colors.

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Desires of the Dead (The Body Finder, #2) by Kimberly Derting
Hardcover, 368 pages

Published February 15th 2011 by HarperTeen
Violet can sense the echoes of those who’ve been murdered—and the matching imprint that clings to their killers. Only those closest to her know what she is capable of, but when she discovers the body of a young boy she also draws the attention of the FBI, threatening her entire way of life.As Violet works to keep her morbid ability a secret, she unwittingly becomes the object of a dangerous obsession. Normally she’d turn to her best friend, Jay, except now that they are officially a couple, the rules of their relationship seem to have changed. And with Jay spending more and more time with his new friend Mike, Violet is left with too much time on her hands as she wonders where things went wrong. But when she fills the void by digging into Mike’s tragic family history, she stumbles upon a dark truth that could put everyone in danger. – Goodreads
My Opinion: This was a good continuation. Violet and Jay are together but are a little rocky and that surprised me because in the first book they were all lovey-dovy in the end of the book.  My favorite characters in this one though was Rafe. He was just quiet and observant and I think there will be a love triangle happening in the next book between Rafe, Violet and Jay.
 
The plot was pretty cool too, although it sort of reminded me a little too much of the first because of the scenes not to be spoilorish was that Violet feels like someone is watching her in the woods while she is running. I also thought that Megan was a little similar to someone else in the previous book.
 
Overall: 3.5 out of 5
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