Monthly Archives: February 2012
It is hard writing a book review for the 14th book in the series. By now, you know the characters (or should) and the hardest part of writing the review, is what to put for each character. Unfortunately for me, this is the first book I have read in this series. I would love to read more in this series and find it fun and easy to read. It is a YA novel, so that alone makes it fun to read.
Lisi Harrison has helped create a few TV series for MTV and I am a HUGE reality TV show fan! I have seen quite of few of the things she has helped create. I think that it made it easier for me to get into this series because of my love of reality shows on MTV! With that, I hope I don’t slaughter these characters in my review and that you give this book a chance. I will be going and reading the series from #1 though!
In A Tale of Two Pretties by Lisi Harrison, Massie Block is the leader of her clique. She has everything everyone wants, money, power, the best wardrobe ever, and an adorable pug. When her father loses his job as a plastic surgeon to the stars, she has to keep it secret so she doesn’t become the gossip she is usually dishing out.
Alicia Rivera is second in command and has finally come to terms with it after many failed attempts to become number one. But her psychic tells her things are about to change, and Alicia can’t wait!
These are just two of the many fun characters in the series and I can’t wait to read the books leading up to this one! I hope you give this series a chance!
You can read an excerpt here.
With a series as extensive as The Clique it is not surprising that it has its own website here.
The Clique Series:
Title: A Tale of Two Pretties
Author: Lisi Harrison
Format: Paperback, eBook
Page Nos.: 224
Release Date: Feb. 15, 2011
Available for purchase: Amazon
Kacey Simon’s life couldn’t be more perfect in the novel How to Rock Braces and Glasses by Meg Haston. Within the course of a week, however, Kacey’s life plummets. It starts with her contacts acting up and an eye infection that puts her in chunky glasses. Next happens after an accident at the skating rink leaves Kasey in braces and headgear. Not to mention the litthsp… Her life is utterly ruined! She gets kicked off the air for her television announcements and her friends ditch her. Then she loses the lead in the school play and no one will talk to her. As Kacey slowly gains her self-confidence back, she has to learn the hard way who her true friends are and more importantly, how to be a true friend herself.
I really liked this book and watching Kacey grow throughout the novel. There were some moments when I just wanted to scream at her for being stupid, but I must admit that it kept me riveted through the entire novel. She started off at the top of the food-chain in school and it less then a week is rocketed to the very bottom. Kacey has to grow a lot during this time as well as learn a lot of truths about life. I really enjoyed this take on high school and thought Meg Haston did a really great job telling this fun story!
Available for Purchase: Amazon
**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any
Did you read the book? Watch the movie? I know this posting is a little late but better late than never. Remember that this month’s Books-to-Movie Challenge is the 2011 version of I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore. I Am Number Four is the first book in the Lorien Legacies.
I felt like the film got off to a bit of a rough start. John Smith’s character was supposed to be nondescript, never drawing attention to himself but the opening sequence of the film made John seem more like the most popular boy in school, not someone who was finally allowing himself to have some friends. That being said, I thought the film redeemed itself after John and Henri headed to Paradise.
I loved Alex Pettyfer as John Smith, after the opening scene he pulled off the slightly awkward teen who didn’t understand what was happening to him. The last two films I have seen with Alex Pettyfer has impressed me with his acting ability. While he is sexy, he doesn’t rely solely on his looks to pull off the character he is portraying.
The character of Sarah Hart I struggled with. I liked her in the novel, she wasn’t whiny, she tried to help John as much as possible and really wanted better things for her life. In the film she came off as weak and almost a useless accessories to John Smith, especially during the alien attack. I don’t know if it was the acting by Dianna Agron or just the way the script was written but I was very disappointed in the film version of Sarah.
One character I unexpectedly ended up liking was Mark James. He went from the typical dumb jock trying to intimidate and bully the new kid his ex-girlfriend liked to doing what he could to assist John to defeat the aliens and save his own life. I felt the film briefly touched upon this but I didn’t think it was fully portrayed in the film. I am sure some of that had to do with the time factor, never enough time in a film to fit in everything from the novel but it was one of my favorite elements in the novel.
The biggest difference between the novel and the film, of course, was the ending. The novel had a lot more Mogadorian warriors and descriptively detailed how they would steal the soul or essence of every living thing, leaving the area ravaged. However, I can understand how this would be difficult to portray in film (without costing a fortune in CGI costs) and felt like I Am Number Four ended on a climactic note.
Final thoughts, I liked both the film and the novel even though they were very different at the end. What did you think? Did you like one more than the other?
Brent Peterson has been in love with Grace Spencer since he was five. In Grace’s Gold by Mary Manners, Grace wasn’t aware of his feelings for her and she fell for Dan Turner. She ran off and eloped with Dan Turner and gave birth to her little boy, Adam. Grace’s heart was broken the day Dan was killed and even though it’s been a year, she isn’t sure if she wants a relationship with anyone.
Brent returns to Mount Ridge, Tennessee after having been gone for so many years, trying to run from his memories of Grace. He comes across her bakery and realizes he’s still in love with her, but he’s not sure if he should let her know or not. Afraid of rejection, Brent just tries to help her with Adam, and hope that maybe she’ll return his feelings.
Mary Manners did a very good job with writing Grace’s Gold. It was a very easy and fun read. I had this book read in less then a day. There isn’t any swearing and it is a very clean book. I would recommend Grace’s Gold to everyone! I can’t wait to read more from this series.
You can read an excerpt here.
Sweet Treats Bakery Reading Order:
Title: Grace’s Gold
Author: Mary Manners
Format: Paperback, eBook
Publisher: Pelican Book Group
Release Date: August 2011
**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.