My favorite quotes!

"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." - C.S. Lewis

Monday, October 31, 2011

Books that I am thankful for!

Giveaway on Beth Revis blog!

I have always been a reader, ever since I was little.  The first book that I can remember reading over and over again and still read at least once a year is Alanna: The First Adventure and all of the books in the series. 

Alanna proves that girls can be knights and can do whatever they set their mind on.  She is a great character and I wanted everything to go right for her.  It has romance, fighting, intrigue and it's all something that I would let my 12 year old daughter read. 

Another book that I am thankful for is Heaven by V.C. Andrews.  I remember reading this in middle school and I have read it quite a few times since.  Not sure if I would let my middle school read it or not though!  These books may have been for pure entertainment, but they kept me reading and wanting to read more.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Quick Review: Jenny Pox

Title:  Jenny Pox
Author:  J.L. Bryan
Publisher:  CreateSpace
Publication Date:  July 24, 2009

Goodreads Description:
Jenny has a secret. Her touch spreads a supernatural plague.  She devotes her life to avoiding contact with people, until her senior year of high school, when she meets the one boy she can touch, and she falls in love.  But there's a problem--he's under the spell of his devious girlfriend Ashleigh, who secretly wields the most dangerous power of all.Now Jenny must learn to use the deadly "Jenny pox" she's fought her entire life to hide, or be destroyed by Ashleigh's ruthless plans.

Not recommended for readers under sixteen due to mature content.

Quick Thoughts:
I felt so sorry for Jenny not being able to touch anyone or have any real physical contact even with her father.  She must work very hard to keep her poisonous skin from contacting anyone else, but she manages and even attends school.  I couldn't imagine not being able to hug my daughter like Jenny's father.  He must cover himself from head to toe so that he doesn't come in contact with her skin.  When Seth came along and Jenny realizes she can touch him and not hurt him, her life changes.  She can feel a real touch and have real kisses.  Of course there has to be some evil mean person and that is Seth's girlfriend, Ashley.  She has always had it in for Jenny and things get worse when Jenny and Seth want to be together.

I really liked this book.  I was glad to see the last line of the synopsis from goodreads said "Not recommended for readers under sixteen due to mature content."  There were some VERY descriptive scenes in Jenny Pox.  I will read Tommy Nightmare and Alexander Death.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Quick Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Title:  The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Author:  Carrie Ryan
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Published: March 10, 2009

From Goodreads:
In Mary's world there are simple truths.

The Sisterhood always knows best.
The Guardians will protect and serve.
The Unconsecrated will never relent.

And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth.

But, slowly, Mary's truths are failing her. She's learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future-between the one she loves and the one who loves her.

And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?

*May contain spoilers!!!*
I received this book from Goodreads bookswap on Tuesday.  Today after my Biology practical I needed something other than school to think about.  I started reading The Forest of Hands and Teeth and couldn't put it down.  I have been looking forward to reading it, but never wanted to buy it.  Now I wish I had gotten it sooner.  It was a great story about Unconsecrated (Zombies!!!).  Mary is a young woman dealing with the loss of her mother and her father.  Her brother has turned her away and the one she loves is promised to another.  The fence is supposed to keep the Unconsecrated out, but something happens.  Now Mary and a group are looking for another safe place and she dreams of the ocean.  This is a fast paced story and I can't wait to start on The Dead-Tossed Waves.