Saturday, April 24, 2010

Review: Cindy Ella by Robin Palmer

Synopsis: Prom fever has infected LA - especially Cindy's two annoying stepsisters, and her overly-Botoxed stepmother. Cindy seems to be the only one immune to it all.
    But her anti-prom letter in the school newspaper does more to turn Cindy into Queen of the Freaks than close the gap between the popular kids and the rest of the students. Everyone thinks she's committed social suicide, except for her two best friends, yoga goddess India and John Hughes-worshipping Malcolm, and shockingly, the most popular senior at Castle Heights High and Cindy's crush, Adam Silver. Suddenly Cindy starts to think that maybe her social life could have a happily ever after. But there's still the rest of the school to deal with.
    With a little bit of help from an unexpected source and a fabulous pair of shoes, Cindy realizes that she still has a chance at a happily ever after.


   This is one of the most predictable books I have ever, ever read. And it's not just the fact that we know it's going to end up like the Cinderella fairytale. I won't spoil the book, but if you are over the age of ten, then you will know exactly what's going to happen, in EVERY SCENE.
    The plot and characters were unrealistic and the tiny part of "romance" near the end of the book was SO RUSHED. It was like, "Hi," and then kiss. Then another kiss. Rush, rush, rush. You don't see the relationship develop. And I don't think Cindy and Adam (I think we already knew that they were gonna get together) knew that much about each other.
    The humor was not very funny, in my opinion. The plot was okay, I guess, but the book was not enjoyable, in my opinion. I guess there were a few good scenes, but all in all, I wouldn't recommend it.
    Now for my character analysis (because I don't want to complain too much):


Cindy: is okay, I guess. I kind of don't like her. She's kind of whiny (like all other female main characters in books nowadays) and over-analyzes everything. She is rather childish, in fact.


Adam: In the summary (which I didn't write. I don't write any of the summaries in my posts), it says that Adam is following Cindy's non-prom agenda. Well, in the book, it's not that obvious that he's following it. He is an unrealistic character.


I'm going to give this book 2 keys.


Love,
Sophia


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Review: Thanks for the Memories by Cecelia Ahern

   
Synopsis: With her marriage already in pieces, Joyce Conway nearly lost everything else. But she survived the terrible accident that left her hospitalized--and now, inexplicably, she can remember faces she has never seen, cobblestone Parisian streets she's never visited. A sudden, overwhelming sense of deja vu has Joyce feeling as if her life is not her own. Justin Hitchcock's decision to donate blood was the first thing to come straight from his heart in a long time. He chased his ex-wife and daughter from Chicago to London--and now, restless and lonely, he lectures to bored students in Dublin. But everything is about to change with the arrival of a basket of muffins with a thank-you not enclosed--the first in a series of anonymous presents that will launch Justin into the heart of a mystery... and alter two lives forever.
    Right when I picked this book up, I knew it was going to be amazing. In the beginning, I didn't like it a lot. It seemed kind of dragging but I kept reading because I had faith. And I'm glad that I had that faith because this book was exquisite. I think Joyce is a very likable character and she's easy to understand. She's rather straight-forward and she's really strong.
    This book is filled with magic, drama, suspense, family, and love. It tells the story of a journey of not only romance, but of friendship and family. It's the diary of a heart. I can't exactly classify it as a romance novel since it's not much of a romance but I was sad when the page numbers were dwindling toward the end. I wanted to keep reading and reading and reading. I, personally, didn't like the way it ended and how Justin came back last minute. But, then again, I never like the endings of books.
    Now for my character anylasis:


Joyce: She's emotionally strong and she's another one of the few main female characters that I like. She's independent and, thank goodness, not whiney!


Justin: I have no idea why, but I don't like him. He seems rather cocky and arrogant (just a bit, but enough for me to notice).




4.5 keys


Love,
Sophia


Thursday, April 8, 2010

Review: FANG by James Patterson

   
Synopsis: FANG WILL BE THE FIRST TO DIE. Maximum Ride is used to living desperately on the run from evil forces sabotaging her quest to save the world--but nothing has ever come as close to destroying her as this horrifying prophetic message. Fang is Max's best friend, her soul mate, her partner in leadership of her flock of winged children.
    BUT THERE WILL BE ANOTHER... When a newly created winged boy, the magnificent Dylan, is introduced into the flock, their world is upended yet again. Raised in a lab like others, Dylan exists for only one reason: he was designed to Max's perfect other half.
    This book from the Maximum Ride series has sent many girls all over the nation swooning for this "hotter-than-Edward-Cullen" bird kid named, of course, Fang. Luckily, I am not one of them. And after reading this book, I am even more anti-Fang.
    With new bird kid Dylan, whose only purpose if to be Max's "perfect other half", I expected a whole lot of drama and jealousy between Dylan and Fang. Like always though, I was disappointed. There was only one scene where a hint of jealousy was shown between the two characters.
    Okay, also, hey, Mr. Patterson? Stick with writing action! Seriously. James Patterson is trying to change Max and Fang into Bella and Edward or something. Honestly, there are events in this book that make me feeling like I'm reading the Twilight Saga all over again (and I've already read that series enough to last a lifetime). But Max and Fang were making out on, like, every other page.
    In this book, I think Max gets a whole lot whinier and loses her temper way too easily. Either that or I never noticed her annoying attitude before.
    Anyway, Dylan's creator is Dr. Gunther-Hagen. Dr. G-H is an evil scientist (aren't they all?) who thinks he has the solution that will help humans survive after the apocalypse. He, of course, wants the flock. Blah, blah, blah, nothing new here.
    Now for my character analysis:


Max: is getting on my nerves. She's too infatuated with Fang. She's a bad leader and she always seems lost. She's rather whiny.


Fang: is not the Fang I once knew. Now he's all touchy-feely and gooey and I don't like it one bit. What happened to his tough face and "don't-mess-with-me" attitude?


Dylan: I like him! There's absolutely nothing wrong with him, in my opinion. In fact, I wouldn't mind if him and Max got together (especially after how the book ended).


Angel: Hate her. Hope she dies. Stupid power-hungry traitor.


    Yeah, so I'm gonna have to five this book 2.5 keys. Harsh? I don't think so. Check the book out for yourself.

Love,
Sophia

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Review: The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

Description: Seventeen year-old Veronica “Ronnie” Miller’s life was turned upside-down when her parents divorced and her father moved from New York City to Wilmington, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains angry and alienated from her parents, especially her father… until her mother decides it would be in everyone’s best interest if she spent the summer in Wilmington with him. Ronnie’s father, a former concert pianist and teacher, is living a quiet life in the beach town, immersed in creating a work of art that will become the centerpiece of a local church. The tale that unfolds is an unforgettable story about love in its myriad forms – first love, the love between parents and children – that demonstrates, as only a Nicholas Sparks novel can, the many ways that deeply felt relationships can break our hearts… and heal them.
    I recently finished The Last Song by my friends's requests. They were like, "Sophia, it's so good!" or, "Once you start reading it, you can't put it down." And so, of course, I had high expectations. And to be honest with you, I was pretty disappointed. Maybe I had too high of expectations or something.
    Don't get me wrong, I liked the book. It just wasn't as good as I thought it'd be. I just don't think Ronnie and Will's relationship was really that strong. I didn't feel that connection between the two of them. Now, I know a bunch of girls are willing to disagree with me, but whatever.
    And now for my character analysis:


Ronnie: Probably one of the very few main female characters that I like. I honestly never like the main girl character, but I like Ronnie. She's tough and yet no one comes sweeter than her. Ronnie has unique spunk.


Will: Uh, where do I start? Will's a nice character, very thoughtful and caring. But there's something off about him; something rotten. And though I can't pinpoint what it is, I know it's there.


Steve: Love him! He's definitely my favorite character. He's so sweet and caring. He's so selfless and I absolutely admire him.


Blaze: She's a good person choosing some not-so-good paths. But I don't think any reader ever lost faith in her. In the end, everyone knew she was going to choose the right choice.


Marcus: I hope he dies.


Yeah, so there you go. I, honestly, thought the book was a little predictable. I give it 4 keys.


Love,
Sophia


Friday, April 2, 2010

Review: The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer

    Yes, I know I'm pretty late with this blog and stuff, but whatever. Better late than never, right? So what do I think of the Twilight Saga?
    I think it's wonderful. I'm not a big, die-hard fan-girl, but I'm not a hater, either. Stephenie Meyer's vocabulary is incredible and the plot is amazing, also. I don't find anything wrong with any part of the book so I don't know why people are hating on the books. I give it 4.5 keys.
    I don't like Bella much. She seems a little whiney and clingy. I mean, well, I guess I put that too harshly. Because I like Bella, I really do. But I don't like her in certain situations. But I can totally relate to her, you know?
    Edward is not one of my favorite characters either. He's overprotective and when I was re-reading Twilight one day, I found that he was rather rude to Bella. And I'm not even talking about the beginning where it's all, "Let's not be friends." I'm talking about while they're actually together.
    New Moon is definitely my favorite (to my friends's disgusts).
    Eclipse is the book where I strongly dislike Bella.
    Breaking Dawn was good, but it didn't meet my expectations. But what're you gonna do? Stephenie Meyer can't please everyone with one book.
    But if you like romance, action, and, of course, vampires, then Twilight away! It's all for you!

Love,
Sophia
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