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Monday, December 15, 2008

Grace By: Richard Paul Evans

Title: Grace
Author: Richard Paul Evans
HARDBACK
Amount of Pages: 307
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Geared Towards: Teens
Extra Info: Based off the Little Match Girl


"She was my first kiss. My first love. She was the little match girl who could see the future in the flame of a candle. She was a runaway who taught me more about life than anyone has before or since. And when she was gone my innocence left with her."



Summary: In 1962, Eric is just an ordinary nerdy boy, who a bad haircut and acne. That was until he met Grace, a popular and beautiful girl that was the total opposite of Eric. Grace had runaway from home, from the abusings of her stepfather which during those times were unheard of. Eric is mystified by her, and falls in love with her, and she with him. Eric hids her in his and his brother's club house, there the story unfolds.

Wdebo's Review: The front flap's summary (a letter from Richard Paul Evans) made it, as my friend said, "Sound boring." It was kind of vague and yeah, boring. But the story was far from that. The reader is taken from this old man's life into his life as a teenager and the love of his life that stumbles in through the dumpster. It was a phenominal book and one of the few books that actually made me cry.

Pro: Amazing imagry and a wonderful narrator. Richard Paul Evans really gave this character a lot of depth. Eric is just like any other nerd that walks the hall in school, awkward in his own skin and not knowing what he should do about anything. The weight of having to care for Grace weighs down on him too. I also enjoy how in the beginning of the chapter there was a snippit of Grace's diary, she just sounds so philosiphical. lol

Con: This omment has absolutely nothing to do with the writing but I got the kind where the pages are yellow and the are all uneven so some pages were sticking out which the others weren't that was just annoying, I hate it when books are like that. Otherswise, all I have to complain about is, Eric might have been a little too awkward, but that just goes into character for him, and I guess that was what Evans was reaching for.

All in all, I believe everyone should just turn off their computer RIGHT NOW and get this book, it is amazing and makes me want to read his other book, The Christmas Box (And it's almost christmas anyways so why not?! OMG 10 more days!!!)

Grade: A

Wdebo :)

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Pearl Pink By: Meca Tanaka (Manga)

Title: Pearl Pink
Author: Meca Tanaka
PAPERBACK
Amount of Pages: ?? (Diff amount per book)
Geared Towards: Teen (13+)
Extra Info: I'm pretty sure there are four books in this series








Summary (From my old manga spotlight): Tamako Momono has been dreaming about being Kanji Inui's wife since she was three and he was seven, when he promised her that he would marry her when she became strong and brave and not a cry-baby (because her mom had to leave her). Now ten years later, her mom is a famous pop star with a super famous show called "Idol P.I." and must keep her child, Tamako, a secret because her image is based on purness- while she had little Tamako when she was a teenager. Now, Kanji must remember that promise he gave to her and find out just how love can blossom.

Wdebo's Review: I LOVE LOVE this manga! (Currently waiting on the 4th/last book :( Why does it have to end??!!) Like I say for some of my other book reviews, there is something about books that guys write, they just don't have this line that they are not allowed to cross, books written by guys are just more uninhibited then girl books.

Pro: Funny! That's what this manga is based around love and comedy, my two favorite things to read about. The characters are well developed and have their own personalities. (My fav is Hisame, even though he doesn't talk and all he does is eat.)

Characters:
Tamako Momono (Pictured): The eigth grade heronie, she is living with the Inui family, she is in love with Kanji and is doing whatever she can to become his "Perfect woman." She is an quick and limber as a monkey.
Kanji Inui (Pictured): The eleventh grader that is the object of our heronie's affections. His family owns the Dog Run agency Scout. He is a whiz at finding fresh faces and has an unhealthy obsession over make-up.

Kanta (Pictured): Tamako's cute monkey sidekick.

Raizo Hishikawa: A member of the boy band Rain, which Kanji helped get him into. Raizo has pledged his life to pleasing Raizo (not as weird as it sounds)

Shinju Momono: Tamako's mom and the star of "Idol P.I."

Kinichi Inui: Kanji's perverted yet hillarious father. He is the owner of Dog Run and though he is weird and can be kinda creepy is is a really nice, middle-aged guy.

Grade: A

Wdebo :)



Friday, December 12, 2008

Book to Movie: Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog

Ok, so this is my first "Book to Movie" so I am not sure if I should review it or what? Oh well, here goes...
Title: Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog
Author: John Grogan
HARDBACK
Amount of Pages: 289
Copyright year: 2005
Geared towards: Adults or teens
Extra Info: Pics on Back and front of the book insides, sooo cute!!
Movie Info: Comes out on December 25th, perfect christmas gift *hint,hint*, the official site is HERE. An all star cast of: Jennifer Anniston and Owen Wilson!!
"Was it possible for a dog-any dog, but especially a nutty, wildly uncontrollable one like ours-to point humans to the things that relly mattered in life?"
Summary (Credits to front flap of book): John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with a perfect little house and not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wiggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same.
Marley quickly grew into a barreling, ninety-seven-pound steamroller of a Labrador retriever, a dog like no other. He crashed through screen doors, gouged through drywall, flung drool on guests, stole women's undergarments, and ate nearly everything he could get his mouth around, including couches and fine jewelry. Obedience school did no good-Marley was expelled. Neither did the tranquiliers the veterinarian prescribed for him with the admonishment, "Don't hesitate to use these."
And yet Marley's heart was pure. Just as he joyfully refused any limits on his behavior, his love and loyalty were boundless, too. Marley shared the couple's joy at their first pregnancy and their heartbreak over the miscarriage. He was there when babies finally arrived and when the screams of a seventeen-year-old stabbing victim pierced the night, Marley shut down a public beach and managed to land a role in a feature-length movie, always winning hearts as he made a mess of things. Through it all, he remained steadfast, a model of devotion, even when his family was at its wit's end. Unconditioanl love, they would learn, comes in many forms.
Wdebo's Review: I read this book a while ago, so I don't remember the finer details. (But don't worry, I am reading it again to get ready for the MOVIE! But I do remember that I was IN LOVE with this book when I read it.
Pro: So cute and good. John Grogan is an amazing author. He uses wonderful imagry that really captures the beauty of Marley. He takes you on a ride of his life, through the ups and downs of pregnency and owning of a dog. Trust me I know, my dog is an Australian Shepherd, she has WAY too much energy for her own good. I also love the pictures, they are soooo cute! <3
Con: I can't think of any, doesn't mean there aren't any.
All in all, if you haven't read this book before I reccomend you do so RIGHT NOW before the movie comes out...So excited!! For those who have RE READ IT!!!
Grade: A+++++++
Wdebo :)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Jester By: James Patterson & Andrew Gross

Title: The Jester
Author(s): James Patterson & Andrew Gross
HARDBACK
Amount of pages: 452
Geared towards: Adults or at the very least mature teens
Extra Info: Visit James Patterson's offical site HERE



" 'In my experience, such things are better left the stuff of lengends and myths."


Summary: Hugh De Luc is a poor innkeeper who's only desire for survival as he fights through the First crusades is of his beloved wife Sophie. Sophie was his love since he was 10, the daughter of an innkeeper, who's inn he went to every year since he was...10. They later got married and tried to have a baby, though they can't.


When Hugh almost crawls back home after two years of war, he comes home to an empty inn. His wife was captured by a duke in search of an ancient relic that leads all the way back to christ. He also finds out Sophie had a son a year back who was killed by that ruthless duke. Angered, battered, and completly crazed, Hugh throws down everything (literally) and runs towards Treille.


He makes a "pit stop" at another town and the story unfolds from there as he meets the beautiful Emilie who saves him and makes him into a jester so he can infultrate into Treille. And Hugh is very surprised what he finds there.


Wdebo's Review: Wow, everytime I read books like these (Which includes Pillars of the Earth), I am appalled but yet intreged. I wonder how these dukes, who are "protectors" of their people can just do this and GET AWAY WITH IT!!! It just sucked you in and I felt like I couldn't put it down until I finished it.


Pro: It just sucked me into it. I loved it. It was an amazing book with such vivid details and imagry. It made me cheer for Hugh, Sophie and Emilie and made me dispise and boo the dukes. Anyone can write a story about history, dukes, jesters and the daily lives of castles, but very few people can make it INTERSTING like James Patterson and Andrew Gross did in The Jester. I am very glad there was not a huge emphasis on sex, like Pillars of the Earth had.



Con: Sometimes, there is just TOO much imagry, I know it is to make you understand it, but just kind of gross, but I'm saying "take out all these at once!" I am just stating what I feel, but it does give the story depth. But in my opinion there was very very few cons, the beginning was a wee bit boring, but then again, its quite rare to read a GREAT beginning.


All in all, I would reccomend anyone (who can handle these types of books) to read this phenominal book and also to check out Pillars of the Earth!

Grade: A


Wdebo :)

Yeah! New layout!

A long overdue thing I have been meaning to get to which is getting my new layout!! I would like to thank The Cutest Blog on the Blog, bunches for their excellent and cute blog layouts!! Keep it up.

Wdebo :)

P.S. I have decided to stop using my signature, that way its not so bulky :)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Jenny Green's Killer Junior Year By: Amy Belasen & Jacob Osborn

Title: Jenny Green's Killer Junior Year

Author(s): Amy Belasen & Jacob Osborn

PAPERBACK

Amount of Pages: 284

Geared towards: Older teens (14 +)

Summary: Jenny Green's, spoiled teen "princess" and a loyal member of the JAPS (Jewish American Princess), sophmore year has been utterly horrible. Not only does her crush, Mark Leibowitz, ditch his request to ask her to the prom, but instead he took out Veronica Cohen, a fellow junior and her ex-BFF. At the end of the year, all Jenny can say is "Good-bye Long Island, HELLO Canda!"

When she becomes the newest junior at Montreal's Molson Academy, Jenny is surprised to find that she has to sleep with a bunch of hippies, who are, how do we say this, a WHOLE lot different then she is. But, Jenny doesn't care, well she does a little, because she is more interested in what kinds of guys she can find. Jenny is very beautiful, charming, and sharp-witted, and has no trouble getting lots of BFs.

However, when she finds out how horrible the male 49% of the world can be, Jenny is FED UP! She hates the lying, cheating and disrespect and decides to make them pay-with their lives.

Wdebo's Review (I'm deciding to do it a little different, say some general comments about it and then break it up into cons and pros. Also have a letter grade for it-Thank you Lauren for that idea!): First things first, the picture on the cover is pretty awkward, so the whole time I was reading it, I never wanted to lets my parents see it. Come on, she's holding a BUTCHER knife, oh well, it does make a point about the story. The story line was interesting, but it does get into pretty awkward stuff.

Pro: Intersting topic, though I find somethings that the male population does I would not go arouond killing them, that is what jails are for. Jenny was a very cleaver narrator she was very sharp-witted and quick-minded. I can see exactly why she was angry at the men that came into her lives, her story jumped out at me pretty quickly.

Con: Um, cover for one thing, but its not that bad, I just couldn't read it at school, or everyone will be looking at me weird and stuff, I would look at someone weird if they were reading a book like that. There was A LOT of sex in it, I personally don't think that they should have a lot of that in books. It annoyed me a lot when the JAPS came that she didn't tell them to get their behinds out of their house and stop being such idiots to everyone in the house, I thought Jenny was stronger then that!

All and all, I thought it wasn't the best read, but it wasn't the worst read either. Read this as a quck read and PLEASE don't take it too seriously..

Grade: B-

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Calling all Ella Enchanted fans!


Title: Ever

Author: Gail Carson Levine

HARDBACK

Amount of Pages: 244

Copyright Year: 2008

Difficulty: Super easy

Reccomended for Ages: 9 and up

Extra Info: The Compulsive Reader also reviewed it!


Summary:

Olus loves Kezi, Kezi loves Olus...

Olus is the Akkan god of the winds. While Kezi is a beautiful mortal of dance and rug making. Falling in love for both of them is easy, but the circumstances are, how should we say this? A little difficult. Kezi is scheduled to be sacraficed to the god Admat is a month's time. Through this month Olus and Kezi discover love and what it really means to be a hero, and how strong love can be.

Wdebo' Review: I like anybook by Gail Carson Levine, she is a really talented author. Though I have to say Ella Enchanted is by far the best. The story of Kezi and Olus is very simple, and I agree with TCR the love is rushed a bit. First they see each other and all of a sudden they're head over heels in love? Eeh? Is life really like that? Anyways, I did enjoy this book a lot, it is geared towards younger readers, but it was still a good find, like all of her books. If you adored Ella Enchanted I would recommend that you read this book, sure the plot and people and lands are different, but all in all it still has Ella's and Gail's spunk and amazing voice in it. 8/10!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Queen of Babble Gets Hitched By: Meg Cabot


Hi, everyone! In remembrence of how I reviewed Queen of Babble (My first ever blog post-and it is like exactly 3 months since that post), I have decided to review the conclusion to this amazing trilogy, Queen of Babble Gets Hitched, in that same form!
Book:

*Spoiler Alert for those who haven't read other books!*

Lizzie Nicholas is baack (wow, saying it like that makes her sound like a serial killer, in all the scary movie they're all like "I'm baack"), for the conclusion to this amazing trilogy.

After Meg Cabot left us with that huge cliffhanger in Queen of Babble in the Big City, with her and Chaz together and Luke proposing to her, we were very angry at her after we turned the cover over hoping to see the secret pages then feeling like we should chuck the book at the wall and write an angry letter to the editor demanding why they let her just end at such a humongo cliffhanger (Well, I felt that). But, I couldn't do any of those things, because it was a library book. So, when Queen of Babble Gets Hitched finally came out I felt like I could feel better.

The story begins after Luke proposes to her and she goes and tells Chaz then it goes way downhill from there. After going back to Luke, all she seems to be able to think about is Chaz. Luke wants a wedding in his parent's chateu, while Lizzie's parents just want it in their backyard. Lizzie's confussion grows more when Luke goes to Paris for the whole Summer, and all she can think about is Chaz, Chaz, Chaz. Will she finally have the perfect wedding to the "perfect" man? Or will there be another man's arm that she'll fall into?

First off, I am a HUGE Meg Cabot fans, I adore her wittiness, which is why I read the Queen of Babble Trilogy in the first place. The story was ok, compared to the other two, but I have to say, it is still a really good book. Still has her charm and stuff.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Free Meg Cabot books and Weekend Pick for November 23

*News Update!* I have now scheduled some extra book reviews, so this way I have more reviews over the week! This way I seem more commited then I actually am! :P Hope you like it, also have a great 3 day school week (eek I'm so excited!)

Also Meg Cabot is giving out a free set of the Princess Diaries Book HERE! Or if that site doesn't work, go to Meg Cabot's site and look at Saturday, November 22

Book: The Wedding Planner's Daughter By: Coleen Mrutagh Paratore ( I kno its a really easy book, but I was overly obsessed with it when I was like eleven)

Author (New Feature!): Meg Cabot, no duh, her names on the Title and I heart her wittiness and how true her characters are.

Movie: Harry Potter 1 (They were so cute!)

Song: All American Girl By: Carrie Underwood, it gives you this happy vibe!

Television Show: Keroro Gunso, a japanese animee about space frogs that "invade" the world, actually they are too lazy to, its v funny. (First Part)





Quote:"When in trouble or in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout." ~Little Brother By: Cory Doctrow
Do you guys like Meg Cabot books also?

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List By: Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Title: Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List
Author(s): Rachel Cohn and David Levitahn
HARDBACK

Amount of Pages: 230

Difficulty: Easy

Reccomended for Ages: 14 and up

Extra Info: These two awesome authors colaborated for the second time! The first book Nick and Norah's Infinate Playlist, has become a major motion picture, and aparently this book is too! Hayden Pannetiere stars? (If you know anything about it, plz comment!)

Summary: Naomi and Ely have been best friends since ever. Ely is Naomi's gay best friend. Naomi is in-love with Ely, while Ely just loves her like a sister. Then, one day, Ely finds himself locking lips with Naomi's boyfriend Bruce-the-second, and this epic book begins. While fighting with the prospect of being gay (Bruce the second), the hatred of not having a best friend by your side 24/7 (Naomi and Ely), the need to be with Naomi again (Bruce the First), wanting to BE with Naomi (Gabrielle), the desire for Robin/boy (Robin/girl), this book switches points with the most interesting and unforgettable characters you will ever read, and the search for all different types of love.

Wdebo's Review: I actually wished for a sequal to Nick and Norah's Infinate playlist, so when I first picked up the book, I was disappointed that it featured two new characters. But when I actually read it, I was happy that I didn't throw it down and run away from it. This book was funny and sweet, written in the way that only Rachel Cohn and David Levithan could. The two characters really spook to me they were so real and raw, they could have been my friends that I grew up with. I would reccomend this book to everyone, who adores Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (Author of Boy meets Boy-also another good book), so I wish all of you can go out and read this book NOW! 9/10!
Do you want to see the movie Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List? Do you think Hayden will be anygood? For those who've watched Nick and Norah, was it good?

Friday, November 21, 2008

Black Box By: Julie Schumacher

Title: Black Box

Author: Julie Schumacher

HARDBACK

Amount of Pages: 164

Difficulty: Easy

Reccomended for ages: 13 and up




"How did my sister fall through a hole in her life and into some other life below?
I'm not sure how it happened. Sometimes I still have trouble believing that it happened at all."

Summary: 14 year old Elena's life has been turned upside down after finding out her sister, Dora is suffering from depression. Life is bad when Elena sees Dora in the mental ward at their local hospital. When she gets to school, life becomes even worse where no one will talk to her, except for Jimmy Zenk, a guy who wears black everyday and failed ninth grade. He talks to her like they've been best friends since they were in diapers. But, he is a man with a secret, a really big secret, one that could ruin their friendship, or whatever -ship they have.

Wdebo's Review: There is just something about books with depression, no matter who writes them, there is this sort of power in it. I was drawn into this book, when I first began reading it. I really liked it, I would reccomend all of you to read this book, if you or someone you know has depression, or have anything to do with depression or not. I think everyone should read it, it is such a good book, with such a strong message.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Paper Towns By: John Green

Title: Paper Towns
Author: John Green
HARDBACK
Amount of Pages: 305

Difficulty: Easy

Reccomended for Ages: 14 and up



Summary: Quentin Jacobsen has always loved Margo Roth Spiegleman since they were little kids. And now as a band geek and she as the most popular girl in school, there is no way he can get her to look at him, even with their next door neighbor status. But, when Margo comes dressed as a ninja and sneaks into his room late at night, he has to go with her. He is taken on the night of his life, but the next day she is no where to be found, only a string of ambiguous clues could be his chance to finding his "true love".

Wdebo's Review: Told from an amazing first person Quentin just seems like someone you would know and could be total friends with. John Green is hillarious and an outstanding author. I was sucked into this book right when I started, I think everyone should read it, its so funny and hillarious, but there is a sense of intenseness that I just don't know how to describe. My favorite part has to be when Ben gets drunk...

"'NOOO! Boooo. Booo on Quentin. Hey, everybody! Booo Quentin!' And I was booed. 'Everybody's drunk. Ben drunk. Lacey drunk. Radar drunk. Nobody drive. Home by six. Promised Mom. Boo, sleepy Quentin! Yay, Designated Driver! YESSSS!"


Haha, I can read that part forever and still laugh. I'm sure you guys will enjoy this book very much, but the use of honeybunny for girl is not really nice, um I don't wanna b called a honeybunny. I mean eww! 9/10!


Monday, November 17, 2008

Generation Dead By: Daniel Waters

"'Tommy Williams has a poem hanging up in his locker,' she said, 'and it sure looks like it was written in your handwriting.'"


Title: Generation Dead

Author: Daniel Waters

HARDBACK

Amount of Pages: 392

Difficulty: Easy

Reccomended for ages: 13 and up

Extra Info: Books I've read that are similar to this are Skinned and The Adoration of Jenna Fox.

Summary: Phoebe Kendell has never really fit into school, with her goth wardrobe and pale pale skin. Now, with a new phenome Pheobe can fit in just a little more, with teenagers crawling out from their graves, they have now become Zombies, um excuse me, diffrently biotic. They have Oakville High, Phoebe's school. But her classmates don't like them very much, especially Pete, the most popular football player in school, who is especially put off when Tommy Williams, the leader of the differently biotic students, plays on their football team. Let's just say the whole country isn't that happy too. Who a growing sense of attraction to Tommy, Phoebe will do anything to know more about Tommy and be closer to him.

Wdebo's Review: When I saw the cover, I was like "What?" Because there is a blonde-goth-cheerleader, that is just so oxymoronic. So, after reading this book I still don't know who this blonde-goth-cheerleader is because Phoebe is NOT a cheerleader and she does NOT have blonde hair!! But, it was a really good book, Daniel Waters did a good job of forming Phoebe even though she is a girl and he is a guy, but I think Phoebe and all all the other girls are just a tad girly. I liked the whole story, and idea, though lately a lot of people have been writing about the same type of topic, but its ok, I like this story. Though the ending is not my most favorite part, it went by really fast and in the end it just turned into a cliffhanger, which I do not like, especially if there is not a second and third book to it. Though all in all it is REALLY good and I would reccomend it to all of my friends. 9/10!

Do you like all these new books about this subject? For those who have read the story: Who is the girl on the cover??!! Is it that Julie girl?

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Weekend Pick for November 16

How's everyone today? It's so sunny!

Book: Paper Towns By: John Green

Movie: The Icreadibles

Song: Ocean Avenue By: Yellowcard

Television Show: Love or Bread-A Taiwanese Drama that just came out today! Stars Joe Cheng and Ariel Lin, both from ISWAK (First episode here-well one small part)





Quote: "What is with Greenpeace anyway? Who wants to live in harmony with nature? I lived in harmony with nature and it gave me a rash!" ~Hana Kimi Vol. 6

Do you guys want summaries for things I haven't reviewed?

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Off Season By: Catherine Gilbert Murdock



Title: The Off Season

Author: Catherine Gilberbet Murdock

HARDBACK

Amount of Pages: 277

Difficulty: Easy

Reccomended for ages: 12 and up

Extra Info: Sequal to Dairy Queen and the prequal to Front and Center.



Summary: Yes! D.J. Schwenk is back for junior year, but this time she has to fight alone, with everyone noticing her for the first time, becuase she is the star football player on their team, and her best friend, Amber leaving with her girlfriend, Dale. Though there is still Brian, who she hopes they can have a relationship that is more then friendship. With her little brother running around with Sarah, his chess playing girlfriend, D.J. is having an up the wall year, trying to set everything straight.



Wdebo's Review: I read Dairy Queen when I was in like seventh or eighth grade so, during those 3 years, I have totally forgotten the whole plot of Dairy Queen, but I knew I loved it but had no reason why. (I woke up at 4AM just to finish it). But once I read the first chapter, I remembered why. D.J. is such a funny, down to earth character who is just to believable and REAL, the story is REAL too, I mean she could be my next door neighbor, if I lived on a farm that is. Catherine Murdock is such a good author, her voice is just amazing in this book, though I do have to say it is not as good as Dairy Queen, which I think everyone should read. 7.5/10!



Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Ladies' Choice

So, I wasn't actually "tagged" but I read Bookluver-Carol's and she said she tagged anyone who hadn't done it yet, so well here I am! Since I am so chinese, and not like my American Born Chinese self, most of my songs are chinese, so I translated them, just to make tiny bit more sense, except most of them don't make ANY sense, lol

1. Put your iTunes, Windows Media Player, Minamp, etc on shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS.
4. Put the artist after a dash following the song name.
5. Put any comments in brackets.
6. Tag some lucky people to spread the disease.

How would you describe yourself?
99次我愛他 (99 times I loved him)- Yuan Ruo Lan (OK, this makes like NO sense b/c I've never had a BF b4, so yeah)
How do you feel today?
就微笑了(Just Smile!)- Nicholas Teo (Hm, Vetren's Day="no school" hm makes sense :) )
What is your life's purpose?
My happy Ending-Avril Lavigne (Ok, so is this some kind of scary psycic thingy, some I'm waiting for my death and am going to b happy about it???!!! FREAKY!)
What is your motto?
Under the Weather-KT Tunstall (Yeah! I am going to b forever sad! woot woot! :P)
What do you think about very often?
I will Always Love you- Charice Pempengco (Back to the first song, yeah, I don't have a BF that I can love for always, or even just 99 times... :( Is this tagging suppose to make me feel so SAD?)
What is your life story?
怎麼辦 (What to do?)- S.H.E. (Yes, the universal question, "what shall I do?")
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Superstar-Sonic Youth (Yea, I admit it as a kid I did have aspirations of ruling the world as a superstar, but now that I've grown up and figured out what a nerd I am and how shy I am, I can't say that I really wanna b that)
What will you dance to at your wedding?
Teru Teru Momiji-Momiji Shoma (Seeing as this is one of the many cute songs from Momiji Shoma in Fruits Basket and is like less then 1 min, I'm pretty sure I won't dance to it)
What will they play at your funeral?
False Alarm-KT Tunstell (I haven't heard this song b4, so I have no idea what kind of mood my funeral will b)
What is your hobby/interest?
惡作劇(Practical Joke)-Ariel Lin (srry I'm too nice to do any practical jokes)
If you could do anything right now, what would it be?
BluetoothCyborg-Rhett & Link (Yeah, cuz I so want our world to b taken over by Blue tooths, and I wanna help *sarcasm* But I heart their vid, check out HERE)
What do you want most of all?
(It's) Hairspray-James Marsden, from Hairspray the movie, though I love the broadway more. (Hairspray, hmm, that might not work, cuz i dont like putting chemicals in my hair, apart from my highlights, of corse!)
What is your greatest fear?
The Show-Lenka (Um, I don't get that, what show are they talking about, there are a couple of shows that scare me, i guess)
What is your darkest secret?
One, Two, Three, GO!-Belanova (Ummmm, no)
What is your favorite thing in the world?
Cooties-Aimee Allen (Um, thats just gross, but I do heart this song)
If you could have one wish, what would you wish for?
Let's Dance-Miley Cyrus (no, I don't dance, srry!)
What is your theme song?
Vampire-Antsy Pants (Yes, if you didn't know im a *secret* vampire :K fear me!)
The next time you hear this song (aside from now, that is), you must dance
When there was me and you-Vannessa Ann Hudgens (Like I told that Mily Cyrus song, and now to this...I don't dance)
What will you post this as?
Ladies' Choice-Zac Effron (Ah, I'm srry for the embarassing title, don't blame me, blame the iTunes!)

I tag anyone who hasn't done this!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Little Brother By: Cory Doctorow


Title: Little Brother
Author: Cory Doctorow
HARDBACK

Amount of Pages: 365

Difficulty: Easy-good tech info tho!

Reccomended for: Ages 14 and up

Extra Info: The title Little Brother comes from 1984's Big Brother.

Summary: Marcus is "w1n5t0n", no not "double u one enn five tee oh enn", just "winston". He is smart, fast and an amazing computer hacker, and he's just 17! When Marcus get caught in a big terrorist attack, he gets sent to the Department of Homeland Security and he gets tortured so they could find out "who did the terrorist attacks". Shaken and paranoid, Marcus is thrown back onto the streets with his other two friends, just not his best friend Darryl.
Determined to win his best friend back, Marcus uses his experties in computer hacking to set the DHS back, and to take take back US from being this police state it is becoming.

Wdebo's Review: Just to set the record straight, I am totally computer illiterate. So, when I picked up this book I thought I wouldn't like it at all. To make a long story short, I was wrong. It was so amazing and fast paced, I just found Marcus so amazing that he was able to sum up all his courage to fight against what he thought was wrong. I learned so much from this book, it was packed with a bazillion bundles of info for the reader to learn, so it was like fun learning. It was written so well, I felt like I was part of the group and fighting along with them. I wish everyone could read this book! 9.8/10!


Friday, November 7, 2008

Obsession over Cape No. 7...YES!

It's this huge phenom (I kno i spelled it wrong) in Taiwan, and I totally love Van's (Yes, its a weird name, but chinese ppl like to have weird names) voice in this song. Here's the mv to one of my most fav songs called 無樂不做...



P.S. So, I finally figured out to post my Youtube vids onto my posts, so check my other posts, many of which i am thinking of adding vids to...in the next few hours!

The Last Exit to Normal By: Michael Harmon

Title: The Last Exit to Normal

Author: Michael Harmon

HARDBACK

Amount of Pages: 273

Difficulty: Easy

Reccomended for: Ages 14 and up

"The second he'd said 'I'm gay,' he'd been the one to leave. Let the chips fall where they may. I am who I am. I hadn't set this up, he had. He'd screwed our lives up and once mom was gone, he'd spent three years fobbing me off on other people and expecting them to fix our problems."


Summary: 14 year old Ben Campbell's life was turned upside down when his father "came out"- as in he told his family he was gay. That was the time when his mother walked out on them, not bothering to look back. Three years past, with Ben rebelling more and more, from the punk look to his pot smoking, Ben is going in a downward spiral to rock bottom. Then his dad and Edward, "the boyfriend", decide to take Ben to live with them on Edward's old hometown which just so happens to be in the middle of nowhere. So begins the story of our hero's journey through sorting everything out, from Kim to the angry women he has to live with. And *gasp* will we finally see a guy let out his feelings?


Wdebo's Review: This book was witty and charming. I totally feel in love with Ben's character, on the outside he seems like someone who doesn't care about life and whatever happens to him, but you can totally tell that he is hurt and affected by everything that happens to him. When I was reading the acknowledgments, I thought it was so sweet that he named the main girl, Kimberly, after his wife. (Just a fact) anyways, I would reccomended this book to anyone, I don't think that the refrence to being gay should stop you from reading this book, it is so good, and I think this should be one the list of books you should read before you die.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks By: E. Lockhart

Title: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
Author: E. Lockhart
HARDBACK
Amount of pages: 342

Difficulty: Easy, I like all the vocab words, and info on words

Recommended for: Ages 13 and up

Extra Info: Click HERE to visit E. Lockhart's site

Summary: At age 14 Frankie is a slightly geeky girl who is a valueable member of the debate team. But at age 15 Frankie has finally blossomed to be a very beautiful girl and has a cute senior boyfriend, Matthew Livingston, to prove it. But she soon feels that something isn't right, her boyfriend seems to hang out more with his best friend Alpha, then her. Could it possibly have anything to do with the secret society his dad always talks about, The Basset Hounds? Frankie will do anything to find out and to infitrate this all male secret society.

Wdebo's Review: It wan't my most favorite book, but that doesn't mean it was bad, just not the best book I've ever read. It had an interesting plot. I liked how they talked a lot about other secret societies and the things they did just made me want to go "What?" It had some awkward moments that just make you want to skip over, but all in all it was an averege book. 7/10.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Weekend Pick

Let's go!

Book: It's Kind of a funny Story By: Ned Vizzini, totally funny and just wow


Movie: Ever After, yes, I totally hearted it, and Drew Barrymore looks so awesome in it, but the prince, he was just old, right?


Song: Lady's Choice By: Zac Effron from Hairspray the movie. I like this song a lot, I just don't like Zac Effron


Television Show: Scrubs, haha everyone's fav doctor, J.D.


Quote: "Here's to us.
Who's like us?
Damn few."
~Sondheim, Merrily we row again


So that's all, tell me if you want reviews for anything!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Skinned By: Robin Wasserman

Title: Skinned

Author: Robin Wasserman

HARDBACK

Amount of Pages: 361

Difficulty: Easy, one of those tiny books

Reccomended for: Ages 14 and up



"Lia Kahn is dead.
I am Lia Kahn."
"As last days go, mine sucked."

Summary: Lia Kahn has everything-beauty,great friends, a wealthy family (which equals LOTS of credits), an awesome boyfriend and the best thing in life-running. That was until she died, excuse me "died". Now, as she wakes from her comma, she finds herself not in her own body, but in a plastic version of her own body, a plastic version that will never age, where she'll be seventeen forever. As she pieces together what happens, she is thrown from the hospital to a home where no one wants her. Then she meets Auden, a strange guy, a total outcast, who does not fit into the rich status of all the other sudents. Auden becomes overly fascinated with her and her technology, his curiousity leds him down a very dangerous path, one where there could be no return.

Wdebo's Review: This IS a really good book, I can see why it has lots of readers. Though I am not the biggest fan of the second to last chapter, the ending ended with a cliffhanger(grr I hate cliffhangers!) and made me really want to read the second book and third book. It was a very intense book, I felt so bad for Lia. The writing was great, it made me feel like I was Lia, and all I was thinking was how much it would suck to be her and how thankful I was we didn't have that technology, yet. I think that everyone should read this, its really good! 8/10!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Madapple By: Christina Meldrum (Sorry that its all stuck together and gross, cant change it!)

Title: Madapple
Author: Christina Meldrum
HARDBACK
Amount of pages: 404
Difficulty: Easy, good vocabulary and packed with information, thank goodness!
Reccomended for: 14 and up
Extra Info: Click HERE for the offical site!
Summary: As a child growing up in total isolation from the world, Aslaug, becomes like a deer in the headlights when her mom suddenly dies from cancer and she is thrown into this unknown world, that we call, our lives. As she wonders around she finally finds her family, that she has never known or thought about, trying to find the answer to the mystery that is her life.
Told from the past (2003) and present (2007), this book weaves a web of great thought provoking questions. How would we survive if we are just thrust into something we've never experianced. Between talking about her life with her mother, with no one around except their neighbor, and the trial that happens every other chapter, Aslaug becomes a very strong narrator, and her voice and story will stick with you for a long long time.
Wdebo's Review: Everyone says, "don't judge a book by its cover", but seriously, the cover is what draws me into a book. The cooler and more thought provoking covers are what I pick up and WANT to read, while those old classic yellowing covers make me want to throw it down and run as far away as possible from it. (Apparantly English teachers do not understand this concept of mine as they always assign the books with the boringist covers known to man, and give it to yours truely), now your probobly just wondering what I am blabbering about now, I said all this because this cover is amazing and it totally made me want to read it. When you finish reading it, you know exactly what it is about.
This book was so great and amazing, it really took me around and surprised me, a lot! I wish everyone has the chance to read this book before they die, because it is just so amazing and spellingbinding, it has such a strong message that everyone needs to know. Aslaug is defidently one of my most favorite protagonists, so is amazing and dark! 10/10!


Weekend Pick (Srry I missed last week)

Hello, friends! So, I totally spaced about last week, and here is this weekend's weekend pick!

Book: Skinned By: Robin Wasserman (Currently reading, I will link to it when I finish reading/reviewing it)

Movie: Hai Jiao Qi Hao (Cape No. seven)- Currently a huge phenom in Taiwan, srry its all chinese movies, I showcase an American one next time! It's really hillarious, and I'm not sure if they've subbed it in english yet, gotta check!



Song: When We Die By: Bowling for Soup

Television Show: Ugly Betty, of course! I even had a whole rambling over it!

Quote: "With an expression on his [Daniel's] face that I figured was suppose to be serious and intent but looked more like constipation." ~I Conquer Britain, Page 190.

So, that's it for this week, join us next time!

P.S. I was wondering if you think I should add a summary for anything I didn't review b4, please comment and tell me.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Impossible By: Nancy Werlin

Title: Impossible

Author: Nancy Werlin

HARDBACK

Amount of Pages: 364

Difficulty: Easy- As per usual

Reccomended for: Ages 13 and up

Extra Info: Click HERE for the official website!

Summary: Lucy Scarbrough is a seventeen year old, with the most supportive foster parents, Leo and Soledad, and a super sweet next-door-neighbor-slash-best-friend-who-might-be-in-love-with-her, Zach. Just one thing to ruin this perfect picture life, her crazy mother, Miranda. Lucy wants nothing to do with Miranda and just wants to live her life in peace, but when a new worker comes to work for Soledad, something just doesn't seem right. Then she finds out about a curse that haunts all the women in her family. They have to solve three impossible tasks before their first child is born, or else they turn crazy. When Lucy gets raped by her prom date, who later kills himself, after a couple of weeks she finds out she's pregnent. With that, she finds out that her crazy end is coming, whether she likes it our not.



Wdebo's Review: Wow, I really really, enjoy this book. I just realized how horrible my reviews are, so it's probobly does this book no justice. I seriously love this book, but I did find the beginning slow, but after a few chapters, it gets really interesting and it totally sucked me in, oh my god, it was great. It was like one moment I'm in my room, the next I'm biting my fingernails in nerves hoping that Lucy will get out this one horrible thing then get into another. I seriously find Zach and Lucy to be so sweet that I get cavities, haha Pearl Pink moment. So, yea, I would tell everyone to read this book! 9/10!

P.S. The sequal to Son of a Witch, sequal to Wicked, A Lion Among Men, is out!!! Hurry and get it!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Missing girl By: Norma Fox Mazer

Title: The Missing Girl

Author: Norma Fox Mazer

HARDBACK

Amount of Pages: 284

Difficulty: Easy- It's one of those half books, so it seems like there is a lot, but in all actuality there really isn't that much

Reccomended for: 13 and up
Summary:

"He could be any man, any respectable ordinary man.
But he's not."

As five sisters-Beauty, Mim, Stevie, Fancy and Autum- live their lives they have no idea that a man is watching them, stalking them, chosing the one he likes back. From being the nobody girl to having a boyfriend, these sisters are from five different corners of the universe. When one of them goes missing and their family becomes even more poor, they will need each other for support.

Wdebo's Review: Wow, this was SUCH a good book! I loved it! I would defidently reccomend this book to all of my friends. It was really raw and it was like Bam,bam, bam then it was done. I honestly ADORE this book, I would reccomend it to ANYONE! 10/10


Saturday, October 11, 2008

New addition to Electrical book cafe rotation...check it out!

Hello! I have decided to do a Weekend Pick, every weekend to showcase my favorite book, movie, song etc. Since I know myself so well, I know that I will probobly talk about the same thing more then once, this just shows how unorganized I am, or if you want to look at it on the bright side, how much I LOVE it! If it is highlighted it means that I have reviewed it and you can check it out if you want :)

So let's begin, shall we?



Movie: Bu Neng Jiang De Mi mi (Secret)- Taiwanese
Such a great movie, has this edge of your seat feel to it, Jay Chou is AMAZING!

Song: The Show By: Lenka (Click for free mp3 download)

Television Show: Sabrina- Yes, the real person one, I remember watching it when I was like 5, I so hearted it!

C U Next time!

(If you have other suggestions, comment and tell me!)

Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Juliet Club By: Suzanne Harper

" 'It doesn't really matter, does it?' he replied. 'After all, we're not lost.'
She leaned over to look into his fce, her eyebrows raised. 'Actually,' she said, 'we are.'
'Speak for yourself.' He smiled up at her. 'I'm just where I want to be.'"

Title: The Juliet Club

Author: Suzane Harper

HARDBACK

Amount of Pages: 402

Difficulty: I'm sure everyone can guess it-easy


Reccomended for: 13 and up

Summary: After getting dumped for the school's most beautiful girl, Kate Sanderson, decides to stay off boys, even when she wins the chance to go to Italy to study Shakespeare! She goes there with her Shakespearean Proffesor of a dad and stays there for four weeks. Going shopping, eating and sight/people sighting. But, with no interest in guys whatsoever, even the unnaturally cute Giacomo, with that tousled hair and dark eyes...
Wdebo's Review: Like all of the books I've read I knew what was going to happen after reading the side flap and the first chapter. But don't get me wrong, I thought this book was really good. It was hillarious, sweet and cliche. I thouroughly enjoy how her friends bet on her love life in Italy, very funny. The characters were memorable, just one of those classic love stories! :P I guess you can say, if you want love, just study Shakespeare! 8/10!


Monday, October 6, 2008

Take Me There By: Susane Colasanti

" Question: Where does love go?
Answer: It doesn't matter. What matters is that love finds its way back home to you. And when it does, its stronger then ever."
Title: Take Me There

Author: Susane Colasanti

HARDBACK

Amount of Pages: 290

Reccomended for: 13 and up
Difficulty: Easy-As per usual

Summary (Parts from front cover): What do you get when you add three friends and one life altering week? Lots of complicated realationships! Rhiannon is still in love with her ex-boyfriend Steve, who just broke up with her. He stomped on her heart and let it sit in the sun. Rhiannon and James are friends...for now, James wants to change that. Nicole just broke up with her boyfriend, Danny, who is still in the picture, but she has a crush on someone totally against the law, can you saw forbidden realationship?

Wdebo's Review: Such a good book! It was truely funny and great. I like other person perspectives, but having three people's different perspective gets kind of monotonous after the third person's view about the same subject, most of which have the same information. Also, maybe its just because the author is a girl, but during the guy parts, James and all the other guys seem a little girly? But, the storyline was very cute and I really enjoyed it. I would reccomend this book to all of my friends. 7.5/10




Sunday, September 28, 2008

Devil Beside You

Summary: When Qi Yue (Rainie Yang) finally gets up the courage to give a love letter to her crush, Yuan Yi (Kingone), by a stroke of bad luck he passes by her and does not see her. But someone else did! Jeng Meng (Mike He) is the son of the school’s director, Jiang You Hui (He Du Lin), in order for her not to have her love letter posted around, she has to be his slave. While she is being his slave, Qi Yue finally gets up the courage to ask out Yuan Yi, who actually likes her a lot! While they are dating Qi Yue finds out that her mom, Huang Xue Wei (Ge Wei Ru) is actually dating and is going to marry Jiang You Hui. During the wedding planning Qi Yue finds out that under his hard exterior, Jeng Meng is actually a very sweet guy and she starts falling for him. Things get really complicated when their parents finally get married. Who ever heard of siblings (even if they are just step-siblings) dating? Things can get pretty heated up!





Wdebo's Review: I love this show! I am a total supporter of Mike He and Rainie they r so cute together! Rainie is so pretty in this show! Anyways, this show was very serious, but I especially love all the childish parts, it was really TDrama-y, I think everyone can just fall in love with it, because it is just AWESOME! 9/10.


My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins & Fenway Park


"Here's to us.
Who's like us?
Damn few."
~Sondheim (Merrily We Row Along)


Title: My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins & Fenway Park

Author: Steve Kluger

HARDBACK

Amount of Pages: 403

Difficulty: Easy-It went by smoothly (Best way to put it, i guess)

Reccomended for: 13 and up

Summary: Augie, T.C. and Ale are three teenagers living through the torture chamber of life AKA High School. T.C. is Augie's "brother", that is they decided to be brothers after T.C. started to hang out with him when they were six. T.C. is in love with Ale, but it drives him crazy that she doesn't return the feelings back. Ale is the daughter of an ambassador, but all she wants to do is be a musical star. Augie...well, all I can say is, he's gay and he doesn't know it. This book follows them through their Freshman year, from love all the way to Mary Poppins.



Wdebo's Review: I honestly am in love with these kinds of books. Chick Lit for girls by guys. Just like Boy2Girl, Steve Kluger does not have that same reservations that most girl authors do. It was very witty and very very VERY funny. His word choice is just AMAZING! I loved this book, it made me cheer for all the couples especially Augie and Andy. AHH, they're sooo cute together! Well, I'll shut up now or ill spill the whole story. I would reccomend this book to all my girl friends, I loved it, it was funny and every one (girl) should read it! 10/10



Saturday, September 27, 2008

Audrey, Wait! By: Robin Benway

Title: Audrey, Wait (I am wondering if I should even write this, because its kinda obvious-what do you think?)
Author: Robin Benway

HARDBACK
Amount of Pages: 313

Difficulty: Easy read, especially if you thoroughly enjoy hardcore chick lit plus music, which I do :P

Reccomended for: Ages 14 and up (For cussing-said F word around 7 times or so)




Summary: Audrey is like any normal teenager, she fell in love with the lead singer of the garage band in her school, then they broke up. Ordinary old stuff right? Not quite. The day Audrey breaks up with her boyfriend, is the day he wrote the #1 song of America "Audrey,Wait!" Now not only are the papparazi up her you-know-what, but she can't even get a date with the cute boy who works with her in the Scooper Dooper, James. Can she live with this kind of fame and get her date, or will she crack under the pressure of being "America's favorite music siren" and have it published in the latest issue of People?

Wdebo's Reivew: This book hit me hard and wouldn't let me go and I loved it! It was so cute and great Audrey really spoke to me, I felt her pain and laughed at her blunders and hid my face behind my face as I got to a part I knew would be VERY embarressing for her. (Well, not literally b/c I wouldn't b able to see the book then). The book was quite cuss filled, but then again, most of the young adult books are, so you can't do anything about it. However, I really liked it, it sticks to me like that song you love and can't get out of your head. 9.7/10.