Thursday, October 17, 2013

Currently Reading

Hello everyone, it's Nicole Henderson here, and I hope all of you(Canadians) had a great Thanksgiving, and had a good time with your families. October has been a really busy month for me so far, and I haven't been able to find the time to read. But somehow, I ended up finishing Blue Bloods, and have started to read more of I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga; which is the book I'm reading at the moment. Since I'm halfway done reading it, I thought this would be the perfect time for me to post this, and do a quick summary on what this book is about.
Summary: Jazz Dent is the son of Billy Dent, who was the small town's serial killer. Jazz has learned lots from his dad, and has seen many of the crimes before. So, now when bodies are being discovered, Jazz realizes that a new serial killer is in town and "secretly" works with the police to figure out who it is.

Thoughts: First off, I think this book is really good, and I know it's going to get even greater as the book progresses more. At first I found it really hard to get into, and was quite slow pacing. But after the first 10 chapters, everything started to pick up, and it is now on a faster pace.
  Secondly, there's so much suspense, and a lot of mystery, it's really hard to put down this book.
 Thirdly, it's a little confusing, because this book is written in a third person perspective so I keep reading "I" instead of "He." I'm just so used to reading books in the first person, it's hard for me to adapt into reading in third person.
 And lastly, this genre of mystery, thriller, and horror is new for me. It's really cool to be reading something different, and unique. This book goes completly out of my comfort zone, which makes me realize that I do need to read things that I'm not really used to, and to expand my "reading" horizons.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Review: Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz

Genre(s): young-adult, paranormal(vampires), fantasy, romance

Published: April 1st, 2007(paperback)

Pages: 302

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Schuyler Van Alen has never fit in at Duchense, her prestigious New York City private school. She prefers baggy, vintage clothes to the Prada and pearls worn by her classmates. But when she turns fifteen, Schuyler's life changes dramatically. The death of a popular classmate haunts her in unexpected ways. And strangest of all, Jack Force, the most popular boy in school, is showing a sudden interest in her.
 Once an outcast, Schuyler is thrust into Manhattan's most exclusive social circle. Its members are the powerful, the wealthy,and-as Schuyler soon discovers-the unhuman. They are Blue Bloods, an ancient group of vampires and for centuries they've been invincible. Now something is preying on his elite group, and Schuyler wants to find out the truth. But is she the most vulnerable of them all?



I wanted to start off the beginning of this month with a paranormal-scary type of read, so I decided to pick up this one up. And it was a great book to start off the month of Halloween. I am officially in the mood to read another supernatural book. 

Blue Bloods is the beginning if a 7 book series.  And it is set in present day New York City, at a very sophisticated private school. I really liked the concept in that sense, and then to put a twist onto the concept, was that some of the students were vampires(called Blue Bloods, that's the reason why the series is called whats it's called). And Schuyler, was one of them, which made me love the concept even more. 

When I started reading it, I was a bit confused of which perspective it was in, which I finally figured that it was in the perspectives, of Schuyler, Mimi, Bliss, and even a little bit of all the characters. That is what made me think that it was little misleading, in case you were wondering, or maybe i explained it differently I DON"T KNOW! Anyways, once I understood what was happening with that situation, I LOVED it. I was pulled into the story from page 1,and I never wanted to put the book down.

Schuyler,was an easy, likable character. She wasn't that annoying, even though at times I wanted to slap her in the face and say:"it's so obvious!" She seemed like a very normal character, who reacted realistically when she found out she was a Blue Blood herself. I liked that she was different from all of her other female classmates, which made her stand out. she was also very curious to find out about everything and to find out the truth about what was going on(I would want to find out too). I really love Schuyler, and wanted to be her friend, I definitely want to read more about Schuyler.

I enjoyed this book from the very beginning and can't wait to read the next book in the series: Masquerade. To end off the review,  I want to wish all of you Canadians(since they celebrate it this month) a Happy Thanksgiving!




Sunday, October 6, 2013

Currently Reading

Summary:Fifteen year old Schuyler Van Alen goes to Duchesne, the prestigious private school in New York City. She has never seemed to fit in anywhere within the school, until she finds out that a popular classmate has passed away and is exposed to The Committee, who are a group of vampires called Blue Bloods.

Thoughts:Since I have the paperback version, the synopsis gives me a completely different one then the original hardcover(which still has the same sort of concept), so I thought the actual synopsis itself to be very misleading. I visioned this book to be very different from what I've read so far. I am really enjoying this book, and since this is the first one in the series, I want to read the second one.  However, I still don't entirely understand what's going on, but since I am halfway done, I will have lots of time to figure it out. I haven't made the final decision as for a actual rating, but I definitely know, it's going to be a high rate for sure.   

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Review: Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler

Genre: young-adult, contemporary, romance, realistic-fiction

Published: May 21st 2013

Pages: 352

Publisher: Simon Pulse


               Synopsis(from the book)

Jude has learned a lot from her older sisters, but the most important thing is: The Varags brothers are notorious heartbreakers. She's seen the tears and disasters dating a Vargas boy can cause, and she swore an oath--with candles, contracts,and everything to never have anything to do with one.
 Now Jude is the only sister still living at the house,and she's spending the summer helping her ailing father restore his vintage motorcycle. No one wants to end up with a toaster on wheels, so they hire a mechanic to help out. Was it Jude's fault he happens to be cute? And surprisingly sweet? And a Vargas?
 Jude tells herself it's strictly bike business with Emilio. Her sisters will never find out, and Jude can spot those flirty little Varags tricks a mile away--no way would she fall for them. But old warnings fade fast, because Emilio turns out to be the first guy in forever she likes. Really likes. Jude's defenses are crumbling,and if history is destined to repeat itself, she's speeding toward some serious heartbreak...
 But what if her sisters were wrong?
 Jude may have taken an oath, but she's beginning to think that when it comes down to love, some promises might be worth breaking.


From what I read in the synopsis above, I knew this book would be amazing. I figured this book would be fantastic, because of all of Sarah's other books being great. 

I loved the plot, it was so original and different from all of her other books. I loved the characters as well,like: Jude, Emilio, Mari--even the father! I loved the father, he was so funny when he wasn't having one of his memory losses(hint, hint, wink, wink). He literally made laugh aloud at some parts.

Jude was actually a very likeable character for me. I managed to put up with her, and not get annoyed by her all the time. I loved her badass attitude. If I related to her feelings about her family circumstances, I would've been able to understand her a lot more, then I did while reading it. But aside from that, she was a really great character to read about, and one of the most realistic characters I've read in a long time.

Emilio turned out to be a really sweet guy in the end. Although in the beginning he was being a bit too cocky for me, he was still able to change his ways, and be this great guy that every girl loves. He was not judge worthy at all towards Jude and her family, with the circumstances that were there and, he was perfectly supportive of them. You know? I seriously want a boyfriend who is good with bikes to teach me a thing or two about them, and how to fix one up...and stuff. LOL. *jumps up and down, and giggles like a little girl* He really cared for and loved a lot. IT WAS SO CUTE! <3 yeah that's it, i got nothing left say about that....awkward.

Overall, I enjoyed this book very much. It is truthfully one of my favourite books of all time, and I hope I will re-read this book again soon. Plus, Sarah Ockler is one of my favourite authors of all time. I love her writing style so much,because it is very relatable to what teens are actually thinking and feeling. It was all emotional and happy all at the same time. It is (again) one of those books where you learn a very valuable life lesson. This time, the lesson was: Don't focus on the past all the time. And live life with NO regrets. There's probably more lessons but that 's all I got right now(sorry). This is a great book, so i strongly recommend it to all of you! :)