Monday, June 30, 2008

Review: Jet Set by Carrie Karasyov and Jill Kargman

Living the fabulous life in a not so fabulous story!

Jet Set is about an American girl named Lucy Peterson who earns herself a scholarship to Switzerland’s most elite Van Pelt Academy. With Van Pelt’s caviar at every meal, white-tie affairs and royals everywhere, hopefully she can stay focus on her academics and tennis goals. Sadly for Lucy, Van Pelt has distractions around every corner, she has no clue what she has gotten herself into.

This books plot was truly a great idea but I feel it was poorly delivered. The story was all over the place, as soon as I would get into something it would jump to something else and it would be a while before it got back to what I had gotten interested in. I wish the characters weren’t so dull and that the author’s were more descriptive of the characters. Jet Set was a big disappointment to me, all the glitz and glam surrounding this story couldn’t save this jet from it’s nose-dive. So if you want you can check out Jet Set when it is released in August from Harperteen.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Review: Gossip Girl: The Carlyles by Cecily von Ziegesar

Gossip Girl is back with a new cast to gossip about!

The Carlyles is about sixteen year old triplets, moving from Nantucket, Massachusetts to the Upper East Side. They are not just moving anywhere in the Upper East Side but are moving in the Waldorf’s old apartment. The triplets consists of Owen, Avery and Baby. Owen wants that perfect girl, Avery wants to fit in and Baby wants to go back to Nantucket until she meets J.P. With all of this going on, you know the Gossip Girl will have a lot to gossip about.

At first it was hard for me to get use to the idea of a new cast because I really loved the old gang, (Serena, Blair, etc) but the Carlyles really bring a fresh flare to the series and still gives you what you love about Gossip Girl books, scandals, enemies and all the gossip you could want. I must say I enjoyed the book and will continue reading the series. I do hope that the Gossip Girl series will go back to Serena and the others in future books. I would love to know what happens to them in college and I am sure Gossip Girl is curious too.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Review: Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty by Jody Gehrman

This Betty’s tell all, has it all!

Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty is told through the journal entries of a skater girl named Geena Sloane. Geena had her summer all planned out, work at Triple Shot Betty and bond with her fellow Betty’s, newly arrived cousin Hero and outspoken friend Amber. As soon as Hero arrives, Amber’s claws come out. The situation worsens when John Jamieson, Amber’s ex, falls for Hero. Hero is not interested in John, her eyes are set on Claudio, a guy from Italy who is interning at her father’s winery. With all of these summer events, the Betty’s find out they have a lot more brewing than just coffee.

Triple Shot Betty is truly a triple shot, it hits you with humor, romance and the real smell of coffee, thanks to the cool scratch-n-sniff cover. I love the fact that it is written in journal form, it gives the story a more personal feel. The main characters are very relatable, anyone could be a Betty and the coffee shop guests are great, you always wonder who’s going to show up next and what’s going to happen next. This book has all the right ingredients and makes it fun to wake up and smell the coffee!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Review: In Your Room by Jordanna Fraiberg

Can perfect strangers be perfect soul mates?

In Your Room is a story of a summer house swap between two families. This swap had the greatest effect on two teenagers.

One being, Molly Hill from LA, who’s mother re-marries and wants her to come along for the honeymoon in Boulder, Colorado. And the other is Charlie Richards from Colorado, who is surprised to hear that his two mothers have them moving to LA for the summer.

Both not being thrilled about their summer plans, Charlie loving mountain trails more than city streets and Molly feeling that Boulder is lacking what she needs to be creative and create designs. They both go in thinking this is going to be a long boring summer and come out thinking something totally different.

In Your Room truly takes you along for Molly and Charlie’s summer swap. Through e-mails, IM’s, adventures and events, you can’t help but find this story cute and delightful. Molly and Charlie are characters that are both relatable and likeable. This book has the perfect twists in its plot to avoid predictability and proves that you can always make the impossible possible.

Be sure to pick you up a copy of In Your Room when it is released in October!

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