Harmony Book Reviews

Archive for January 2008

Cover ImageThe Clique is a story about five girls: Massie, the ruler of The Clique and the rest of the social scene; Dylan, Massie’s second in command who is always kissing up to Massie or drinking Atkin’s diet shakes; Alicia who’s sneaky and beautiful but seems so “sweet” to adults that they never suspect her; and Kristen who will insult you to tears so easily and has a secret that not even Massie knows; Claire who’s the new girl in GAP overalls that clearly does not fit in with the Clique but happens to be living in Massie’s guesthouse while her parents hunt for a job.

This book describes Claire’s struggles to be friends with Massie, the evilness of Massie and her clique, and how easily the friends will turn on each other. I found this book to be well written but not the best in the world. The characters are stuck-up, snotty, and rich which is something I can’t relate to. However, Claire is someone I can relate to because she’s trying to fit in with the “in” crowd, even though she’s not rich or dressed in the hottest trends. I would suggest this to my friends but only if they wanted a light read. I do plan on reading the rest of the series, if only to find out what happens to Claire and whether or not Massie is overthrown.

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Fifteen year old Haven’s life is changing fast. She’s growing taller every day, her father is getting remarried and her sister, Ashley, is planning a wedding of her own to a guy whom Haven finds extremely boring and unlike any of her sister’s previous lovers. When Haven sees Ashley’s ex-boyfriend while at dinner with her father one night, she feels like some things are normal again. But was Sumner really the victim when Ashley broke up with him? Or was there something more to the story?
To be honest, I found this book to be my least favorite book by Sarah Dessen. However, it’s still an amazing book, especially since it’s her debut novel. In That Summer by Sarah Dessen, Haven is changing rapidly and learning a lot about herself and her family. When her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Sumner, comes back into town, she’s excited. He was the only boyfriend who paid any attention to Haven at all and he had brought excitement to the family when he and Ashley were together. I loved how this book portrays the way girls look up to boys in a non-romance way, only to be let down when they don’t understand the whole story. I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone who’s a fan of Sarah’s work or wants to enjoy a light but meaningful teen book.

Cover ImageBeckon the Sea,

I’ll Come To Thee….

Shed Seven Tears,

Perchance Seven Years

Seven years ago, Gwen Cooke met a strange boy with dark, slightly titled eyes on the beach. He whispered words in her ears and then disappeared. Soon after, Gwen’s family left the beach.

Now seventeen, Gwen is returning since her nana asked her to come. Yet, Gwen knows it’s time to go back for a different reasons: She yearns for the sea. Is it the sea itself calling her? Or is it the memory of the boy and his haunting words drawing her back? Either way, it’s time for Gwen to find out the truth.

Seven Tears into the Sea by Terri Farley is an enchanting book. It’s full of haunting drama, romance, and suspense. The characters fit in easily together and the feelings Gwen has are ones that most girls can relate to, though probably for different reasons. This book is definitely one you’ll never want to put down and when you do finish it, you’ll want to read it all over again.

I’ve been a fan of Terri’s writing ever since I recieved the first book in her Phantom Stallion series for Christmas a few years back. When she took a break from her horse books to write this celtic fantasy, I wasn’t sure I’d like it. It was, after all, very different from what I was used to reading. After reading many good things about it, I finally broke down and bought the book. It definitely did not disappoint. I’d recommend this book to anyone who enjoys celtic fantasy, romance, suspense, or is just ready to read a great book.

First off, I’ve been searching around and found some book challenges I want to enter.

The first is the Royalty Rules contest found at The Magic of Ink. I really haven’t decided what books to read for this since I usually don’t read books about royalty (expect the Princess Diaries). Any suggestions on that would be great.

The second is the 1st in a Series contest at Thoughts of Joy…. I have a few ideas for series I’d like to start, such as Principles of Love by Emily Franklin and Gossip Girl) but I’m still open to ideas. I love starting new series!

I just ordered a bunch of books from powells.com tonight.  There’s a few I’ve been wanting to read forever and a few I just picked out because they were semi-cheap and looked good.  The books I bought tonight:

Heartland #13+14 by Lauren Brooke
The Principles of Love by Emily Franklin
Gossip Girl by Cecily Von Ziegesar
Perfect by Natasha Friend
Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn
I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder
Pool Boys by Erin Haft

The first book I want to read is I Heart You, You Haunt Me. It looks so good and it seems pretty original.

I have a few reviews that I’ll be posting soon.

-Harmony

The Truth About Forever

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Sixteen-year-old Macy Queen expects to spend her summer working at the library while her boyfriend, Jason, goes away to Brain Cramp. During her free time, she’s either studying for her SATs or grieving over the recent death of her father.
But when Macy is forced to help out in the kitchen at one of her mother’s open house events, she meets the crazy Wish Catering crew. They’re everything Macy isn’t – they live by the moment and though there’s usually chaos in the middle, everything is okay in the end. Before long, she’s hired to help them and ditches her job at the library. She spends all of her time with the Wish crew – quiet Monica; fashion obsessed Kristy; big hearted Delia; and best of all; artistic and understanding Wes. How is it that she can plan her life out in front of her and change her life to fit Jason’s, when there’s a whole different world of people out there?

The Truth About Forever was the first book by Sarah I ever read. I’d heard so much about it that I couldn’t help picking it up at the local K-mart. I had high expectations what I read this book and I wasn’t disapointed.

Sarah Dessen pulls off a worn plot with grace and adds an unexpected twist. The characters are easy to relate to, three dimensional and romance doesn’t rule the plot. There were definitely moments my stomach was aching and other moments I was cheering Macy on. The meaning is great and it had me thinking about what forever really is.

I’d definitely recommend The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen to anyone who enjoys books with three dimensional characters, a touch of romance, and a great plot.

Welcome to my blog. I’m a teen girl and avid book reader. I’ll be posting book reviews soon and I hope to be able to post a few a week. I read everything from Terri Farley to J.K. Rowling to Stephenie Meyer to Sarah Dessen to Meg Cabot and beyond. I have favorite authors and favorite books but I’m always on the look-out for new authors and new books that I’ll enjoy.

If you are an author (or publisher/agent/etc) and have a book you’d like me to review, please email me and I’ll give you my address. If I end up not reading the book because I can’t stand it (which hardly ever happens), I won’t review it. If I do finish it, I guarantee that I’ll review it. I do NOT read e-books but if you an e-book, you can most definitely print it out and send it to me. Also, I don’t care if you self-published your book or used a major publishing company – I read and review based on content.

I’m going to be adding a list of my favorite books along with a list of books I want so be sure to check them out.

Oh, and if you have a book review blog or site and would like to be linked to my blog, just let me know.

-Harmony


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