Thursday, November 26, 2009
You can read the top 5 by clicking here
Just an addition to the top 5: I just found the trailer of this amazing book I read and reviewed recently, The Indigo Notebook by Laura Resau (I am reading her book What the moon saw now.) The music in this video is just even as awesome as the book..
If you love English historical romance ala Pride and Prejudice, you will certainly love Nicola and the Viscount. I personally think this book is way more understandable than Pride and Prejudice and certainly more fun. This was the second historical romance novel by Meg Cabot that I have read and I think it was one of her best books.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Ginger has an older sister, Geri, who is anxious of turning 50 soon. Geri's young son Riley is cast for a little part in a horror movie wich is filmed at a nearby beach. Ginger has to babysit Riley during the long days on the filmset because Geri is too busy with her job. On the filmset she meets some charming men, and Ginger has to decides if she gets into dating or will she wait for Noah to be her boyfriend.
Life's a beach is a thin story wich misses any form of excitement or interesting story developments. I thought it was just a bot too fluffy. Not my favorite beach read at all.
It had so little interesting facts and just no real story. Overall I like beach reads, mostly they are real fun books. But it seemed that the author just was on the beach herself and made it too easy.
Lots of amazingly fun book events this week!
This saturday the 28th of november, Young Adult author Erik Rashke will read and sign his book The book of Samuel from 3 till 6 pm at the American Book Center Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11, Amsterdam. Eric just has returned from his book tour in the United States, and now the Dutch readers will get the chance to meet him! I will vist this author reading ofcourse and will write about it here!
Later this week, a blog that I wrote will appear on the American Book Center Blog. Just stay tuned there to know what its about..
This week the Boekenfestijn (bookfair) will be hold in the RAI congress center in Amsterdam. (26-29 november)One huge hall filled with millions of books books and...ehm books! I visited the Boekenfestijn two years ago and when I stepped into the hall I just didn't know where to start. Sooo many books..I think I will leave with a full cart..
And then a little personal 'event'. I danced around the room (my neighbours aren't happy with me I guess because it was really late!) when I read this amazing news that I am picked as a winner!Congrats and hurray for Danielle Joseph, because her book Shrinking Violet is In Print again!!
Monday, November 23, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Cat wants to escape her new life in Boston, where she just has moved to from Arizona. Away from her new stepdad and house and her biggest hobby:diving, wich she still unsure of if she will continue doing it.
She is going on a student trip with the SASS (students across the seven seas) program, and that brings her to Oaxaca, Mexico. Her best friend back from Arizona, Sabrina, also goes to the same program. But Cat is surprised that Sabrina brought Brian with her,her boyfriend. Is this the end of the best friend times? The girls stay with host families and Cat's new host sister seems a bit crabby. There are a few other american boys and girls too in the same program in Oaxaca, wich includes building on a new orphanage and volunteer at the turtle beach. One of them is Aidan, and he is very nice to Cat and tries to make friends with her. But Cat is afraid that he wants more then be friends and afraid to trust him. But they go on a non-date, and it seems Aidan is worth trusting.. A fun hardworking time in Oaxaca, learning more about the colorful Mexican culture with friends and making new friends too..
Heart and Salsa is a fun quick and cute read, with a big role for Mexican culture and real (and funny!) friends. I enjoyed every minute of this book. I really liked the characters and how the story was unfolding. It was like a fun vacation in Mexico, I absolutely would like the same kind of friends and circumstances on a same trip like this story. Absolutely worth reading!!
Monday, November 16, 2009
But then, one day, there is a new guy in her class. And that guy is Cameron. He is back in to her life and Jenna wants to know what happened in the past, why he had left her, his best friend without a single note. Bit by bit she learns more about Cameron, his family, and the reason why he was suddenly gone.
Cameron stays a bit of a mysterious guy in Sweethearts, and Jenna finds it hard to accept everything. Sweethearts is a real serious and somewhat tragic story. If you want a book that cheers you up, Sweethearts isn't your book of choice. The story is about the bond of friendship and the marks that certain people that come into your life make. The style of writing makes it a read at a very slow pace.But at the end the author leaves the reader with many questions that stay unanswered in Sweethearts, somehow this book misses the point.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
This week I bought:
Cuba 15 by Nancy Osa, Heart and Salsa by Suzanne Nelson, and What the moon saw by Laura Resau.
Don't forget to enter my contest to win a copy of Explorer X-Alpha, you can enter down below the guest blog here
And be sure to visit the amazing Readergirlz Rave Homecoming Chat! The 30th of November, every author in the Readergirlz Circle of Stars (that means every author who was or is a readergirlz feature) will be there in one big BIG homecoming chat on the Readergirlz blog, now how cool is that!?
Friday, November 13, 2009
I really liked this end of the Mediator series! I think it is one of the better and strongest stories of all the books together. Don't miss this one if you love a real Meg Cabot novel, and love the Mediator series. And the end of this book, well..I don't want to spoil it, but you certainly won't be dissapointed!
TRUSTING IN YOURSELF
Trusting your own gut feelings is one of the best gifts we possess. We all get that little ‘twinge’ when something just isn’t right. When that happens…LISTEN TO IT! Trust yourself or your ‘gut’ some call it. Trust it at all times, it will never steer you wrong.
When I was young I lived in the inner-city. The neighborhood I called home, had gangs, drugs, muggers, killers, and lots of kids and family nearby. However, with all of these things present, I didn’t realize that my gut instincts were strengthening with each day I played outside, walked to school, to the bus, or traveled the city alone.
I never understood why my grandmother, affectionately named NaNa, didn’t want me to leave my block to go to the store alone. Or why, I wasn’t allowed to cut through the alleys to get to my cousin’s house, and the numerous lists of things I was told to watch out for.
My main character in EXPLORER X – Alpha realizes that something isn’t quite right with the immunization he is given. Aadi takes the initiative and asks the Doctor why it is being given to him.. In addition to this finding, Aadi confirms his concerns with others..
Here are some steps to take in trusting yourself in all things;
LISTEN TO THAT ‘TWINGE’ IN YOUR GUT
When you are in a situation with a friend or an adult, and you get that feeling that something isn’t quite right, then you are most likely correct. Learn yourself, and test this ability.
Take this example for instance. Your friend tells you that you should sneak out to go to that great party that so-and-so is going to, but you feel this tickle in your tummy before you hesitate. This is your gut talking to you. It’s telling you … hold on … don’t jump into this.
Listen to it. Find out how your gut talks to you. Think of all those times you got into major trouble, and ponder over what you felt just before you did the deed that got you into that mess. That’s how you learn how your psyche talks to you.
TAKE A STEP BACK, AND ASK QUESTIONS
Never, ever, feel like you don’t have the right to ask a question. Asking a question only gets you in trouble when it hasn’t been asked, or the person of whom you are asking the question doesn’t want to give you an answer.
Don’t think I’m right on this? Test it, and think back to times when the person of whom you asked a question reacted negatively. In most cases, it is because they don’t want to give you an answer.
Asking the question is never, ever wrong. You have the right. So use it when you are in those situations where your gut is telling you that something is just not adding up.
IF IT DOESN’T ADD UP THEN IT DOESN’T ADD UP
When something doesn’t make sense, or the story just sounds down right disjointed, and your gut is telling you that something is off. Then trust your gut, something is off.
This is a saying my Nana used to tell me when I would give her a scenario of what a friend told me, or did to me.
“Honey, if it doesn’t add up, it won’t add up. Something is definitely not right with that story.”
Do you know in each instance she said this, she was absolutely correct.
If you get that feeling something isn’t right take action.
In EXPLORER X – Alpha Aadi and Eirena, his co-pilot investigated their gut feeling that something is off about their camp with their team. They find that terrible things have been done to them.
There are several ways to take action. Here are some;
- Just tuck the knowledge away, and wait for the truth to reveal itself. Believe it or not this happens a lot in life. The truth has a way of coming out. Sometimes it happens quickly, and sometimes it takes a long, long time.
- Ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask questions in order to get the answers you want. You can ask anyone questions, and that may solve the mystery.
- Run away or stay away. If you are in a situation where an adult or a peer appears to be leading you in a direction that you feel is not safe. Run. There is no harm in running away from or staying away from someone.
Realize that you have control of your destiny. No matter what happens to you in your life, you can learn from it all and become a better person. Making the same mistakes will become harder the more you learn to trust your gut instincts, and yourself.
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Monday, November 9, 2009
Remember the fantastic book The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus?
Well, The Nanny Returns in a brand new sequel!
I loved the book Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani. So I was really happy to read (just a few minutes ago) that there is a sequel coming up called Brava Valentine.And the cover is just even as gorgeous as Very Valentine, a book I can totally recommend to everyone!
Cheyenne doesn't like the games the girls of her new fourth grade class are playing. Allie and her friends like to pretend that they are Queens, but Cheyenne likes to chase after boys on the playground to kiss them. Cheyenne has a sleepover party but doesn't invite Allie and her friends. Allie decides to make a new rule about this:If a girl from your glass has a sleepover and doesn't invite you, just make your own sleepover party! (and make it a better one!) And the Cheyenne matches the girls of the class with the boys of the classroom. This much to the dislike of Allie and her friends, and when Allie stands up to this, Cheyenne starts to call her Big Baby Allie. Will Cheyenne's behaviour stop and what can Allie do to stop it?
Best friends and Drama queens, the third book in the Allie Finkle's rules for girls series by Meg Cabot, is a perfect book for young girls from the age of 6 to 9. In a fun way this book handles the issue that most girls discover: a girl in your class who acts mean and thinks she is more mature than the rest. Allie has a great (and way more mature way) to stop the big mouth of Cheyenne. Even as an older reader I really enjoyed this book, because I also had girls like Cheyenne in my class.
Friday, November 6, 2009
They go the the little village shop where she is sold to a woman who brings her to the city. After a few days long journey by foot and bus, she is given to 'Uncle Husband' who brings her into India.There she is brought to the Happines House. Lakshmi has no clue what she has to do for work. She has to take her village clothes of and change into a bright colored long dress and nice shoes. And she gets make up on. She is brought to a little room where she is told she can't escape and she has 20.000 rupee in debt, and she has to work to pay her debt of.
The next night she discovers more about Happines House and the work she has to do. And she is horrified after the next night when she finds out that Happines House is a brothel.Can she escape from out of this horrible place?
The story of Lakshmi is told in short chapters wich last long as one page. In simple words we discover more about her life with simple hints and details. The way the author tells the story is very different and original and it keeps you reading to find out how it ends. It is so horrible that the story of Lakshmi is realistic and that young girls of this age are sold and forced into prostitution by their parents, who think their daughter is working as a maid in the city.Hopefully for all the girls in the world who are living the same kind of life as Lakshmi, they get the same rescue as her at the end of the book. Altough it was a very sad story I enjoyed to read it because I think it's important that there are books about this topic.The author interviewed young women like Lakshmi for this book Recommended read!
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Dika gets a new boyfriend, Mr. Lorenzo, and Sophie becomes friends with his son Angel.
They tried to locate family of Pablo, and they find them. They make a plan to go to Mexico to Pablo's village. Angels has a mysterious box he carries with him, and it keeps things of his passed away mother. Angel and Mr. Lorenzo are from Guatemala, and when Sophie and Dika stays in Mexico with Pablo's family, Angel and Mr. Lorenzo travel to Guatemala to find some things out about his mother. Sophie finds a new way of living and learns more about herself, and she has to make tough choices when she has to travel to Guatemala alone when she finds out Angel has been attacked and his in the hospital..but will she arrive there savely?
Red Glass is an outstanding and amazing Ya novel 'between cultures'' by Laura Resau.
There aren't many books that get to you so much as a reader, because the characters and situations are so amazing realistic. It is also a story of a girl who is plagued by anxiety, and learns more about herself and becomes a though girl during her time in Mexico and Guatemala, where she gets unexpected help from strangers who are the most welcoming people she meets. The author really knows what she writes about as she has lived in Mexico, and the reader learns in a fun way more about the culture.Red Glass takes you on a adventurous travel with the characters crisscross through Central America and it is a book you want to read over again many times!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
The Secret Society is a book that fans of the Gossip Girl series and fans of Another faust certainly will love. You can ask yourself if Secret Society is a new original piece of YA. I personally think it isn't. The story leaps to much from character to character and misses a point that really gets you as a reader. An enjoyable read for if you want more of the Gossip Girl stuff en mysterious societys and whealthy teens, not if you want something new.
Monday, November 2, 2009
The show is just in one word:AMAZING! The music and dances where just excellent! The show really cheers you up! Here a little video impression, it was not all in the show I saw yesterday, but the group, Ballet Folclorico Nacional de Mexico is the same!
I can only say, if this show performs in your region(they are touring in the netherlands now), go for it!