Kiss Me Kill Me by Lauren Henderson

Pub Date: January 2008

Summary: What do you do when your past suddenly catches up with you?

Scarlett Wakefield has to transfer from her posh private school, St. Tabby’s, to Wakefield Hall Collegiate, a world-renowned prep school that her grandmother runs.

The only thing Scarlett cares about is that no one at her new school knows her dark secret and past.

A few months before transferring schools, Scarlett got invited to an elite part by Plum Saybourne, the queen of St. Tabby’s.

The guest list was full of the hottest names in their society, including Dan McAndrew.

Scarlett’s secret crush.

She has always wondered what it would be like to kiss Dan.

Once they were on the penthouse terrace, she no longer had to wonder.

Dan leaned into kiss her.

It was perfect and magical.

Until, Dan McAndrew suffocated in her arms.

No one knows why or how he died but they all think Scarlett had something to do with it.

All Scarlett wants to do now is forget it ever happened.

Only she can’t.

Scarlett receives an anonymous note.

It says, it wasn’t your fault.

Now Scarlett is on a mission to clear her name and find out what really happened to the first boy she ever kissed.

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Review: Kiss Me Kill Me was not at all what I expected. I had an idea of the plot and such, but I really wasn’t sure. I bought it more on a whim and I wish I hadn’t. Although I did like Scarlett as a character, I didn’t really like all of the other characters. Well at St. Tabby’s that is. Once Scarlett got to Wakefield Hall Collegiate, I found most of the girls a lot more likeable. The mystery of what happened to Dan seemed like it was a big thing at the beginning and the end of the novel. But at the middle, it all seemed pushed aside. It was never really addressed fully until the end of the novel where the whole mystery was simply wrapped up in about 2 or 3 chapters. For me, that was the point when I really started to not like this book. What seemed like it would be an important thing in the story was, then wasn’t, then was, then wasn’t. Sadly I don’t think I would recommend Kiss Me Kill Me to many people.

-Lexi (:

Love You Hate You Miss You by Elizabeth Scott

Pub Date: June 2009

Summary: How are you supposed to move on after your best friend dies and it’s your fault?

Amy is getting sick of a lot of things.

Her parents suddenly caring. People asking her about Julia.

Amy doesn’t want to talk about Julia.

She was her best friend and how she’s gone.

Amy knows people won’t understand what it’s like for her.

What it’s like to have your best friend ripped away from you.

What it’s like to lose the one thing you really cared about.

What it’s like to lost the one person you would do anything for.

They wouldn’t know what it’s like to know that all of that is your fault.

Her shrinks told her to keep a journal, but of course she didn’t listen.

Amy starts writing letters to Julia instead.

But as she writes, Amy realizes that maybe the past she had with Julia wasn’t as perfect as she thought it was.

Maybe Amy needs to give the present a chance instead of always pushing things away.

Rating: 4 Stars

Review: Love You Hate You Miss You is the first novel by Elizabeth Scott that I have really liked reading. Amy was a really unique character. You could tell within the first few pages that the relationship she shared with Julia was very special and it meant a lot to her. You could also tell that Amy did blame herself for the death of Julia. I didn’t really like Amy at some parts but when I did like her, I could really relate to her. I understood how she felt about drinking and parties, guys and sex. A lot of the time I thought that she was very confused and unsure about the things that were going on around her. She felt empty and alone without Julia. Amy didn’t think anyone could fix that for her. But towards the end, a guy comes into her life and makes Amy feel things that she hasn’t ever felt before. The ending of Love You Hate You Miss You is sort of bittersweet in some ways. I really recommend this book. Now I just need to go out and buy my own copy so I can read it again whenever I want to.

-Lexi (:

Review Rewind (3)

Hosted by Ashley at Books Make Great Lovers.

So, in this post I'm just going to link some of my reviews that never got any comments or reviews that only got one comment. I think that everyone should have the chance to see them and be reminded of the good books that aren't so new!

Review Rewind (1)

Review Rewind (2)

As You Wish by Jackson Pearce
3 Star review.

In a Heartbeat by Loretta Ellsworth
3.5 Star review.

Secret Society by Tom Dolby
4 Star review.

Invisible I: The Amanda Project by Stella Lennon
3.5 Star review.

Thanks guy!

-Lexi (:

Old vs. New

The book I choose for this week is Willow by Julia Hoban.

I recently review this book, and I loved it! If you want to read and comment my review just click here.

For this review, I'll be posting the US cover and the UK cover.

Old Cover:
Also the US cover.

I absolutely love this cover. I love how the face is tilted down and it looks like the cover has been cut. To me, it fits the book and Willow well.

New Cover:
Also the UK cover.

Now, I do like this cover just not as much as the other one. I also don't like the new title of the book. I think Scarred just gives a little too much away about the book. I also don't like how the girl on the cover seems to be crying and the background is so dirty but yet her dress is still very yellow.

This week, my favorite cover has to be the old cover/the US one.

But tell me which one was your favorite this week!

-Lexi (:

Sing Me to Sleep by Angela Morrison

Pub Date: March 2010

Summary: Beth has always been known as, “The Beast”.

Height. Scars. Glasses.

Those are only some of the things that make people scared of Beth.

She only has one true friend, a geek named Scott.

That is until Beth is chosen for her choir’s soloist.

She receives the makeover of her life and now everyone loves her.

Or wants a piece of her.

On a trip to Switzerland, Beth meets Derek.

He seems perfect, maybe too perfect.

Derek soon helps Beth realize that she too can find love.

In Derek’s eyes, she is beautiful.

No longer a beast.

After a confession from Scott, Beth’s heart is torn in two.

If that doesn’t change things, Derek has a secret that could shatter everything.

Should Beth choose sweet and steady or danger and passion?

Rating: 4 Stars

Review: Sing Me to Sleep is the second novel that I’ve read by Angela Morrison and I have to say, I really like her as an author. She comes up with not so new plots but really makes them her own. From the first page, I found myself pulled into this novel. Even though I knew in my head that I couldn’t really relate with Beth, I FELT like I could. I think knowing you can’t but actually feeling like you can is very different. It takes a very skilled author to create a feeling like that. I was so happy for Beth when she actually found someone that liked her for her because I know what that feels like. But at first, I wasn’t so sure if things were going to work out with Derek. I thought “Hmm, he lives somewhere else. That couldn’t be easy for them. But it would be easier for him to end contact with her if he wanted.” Once this the relationship between Beth and Derek really started, my mind completely changed. I was happy for them but I really wanted what was going on behind closed doors with Derek, as Beth did also. The end of Sing Me to Sleep played out very nicely. The ending was so cute and had so much personality. I could tell that Beth and Derek would be headed in a very good direction with each other.

-Lexi (:

FTC: I received this novel from its publishing company/author with the understanding that I would provide an honest review. I am not getting paid in any way for writing and posting this review.

The Exile of Gigi Lane by Adrienne Maria Vrettos

Pub Date: April 2010

Summary: My name’s Gigi Lane. You wish you were me.

You can call it whatever you want, but everyone knows it’s true.

Gigi Lane is about to be crowned Head Hottie of the infamous Hot Spot.

It’s her job to keep the other girls at Swan’s Lake Country Day School in line.

She’s strict. She’s bossy.

Gigi Lane can’t wait for the night of the Founder’s Ball.

Everyone knows it’s when the new Hot Spot is announced in front of everyone.

But that night, one girl exposes Gigi for what she really is.

A Mean Girl.

Gigi’s world slowly starts to fall apart in just one night.

She ends up at the bottom of the social scale, struggling to find a place for herself.

Somewhere she’s never been before, something she’s never had to do before

Rating: 4 Stars

Review: I’m not quite sure what to say about The Exile of Gigi Lane and I don’t mean this in a bad way. I simply mean, where do I start?There’s a lot to say about this book, its characters, and the plot. Most of it is positive too! Hence the 4 stars I gave it. I loved Gigi, she was one of the best characters in awhile even thought she was kind of stuck up. Her and her friends thought they had it all until someone decided to put them in their place which I can say doesn’t happen all that often in high school. But this book is mostly about how Gigi struggles to make it back to the top of the social scale. This for her is a very hard task. The people who loved her now hate her. The people who hated her now hate her even more. I could feel myself connect with Gigi in some ways, but not in all of them. I myself have never been very popular, but I know what it’s like to try to fit in. Sometimes it’s hard. But you’re true friends will always be there for you in the end. That’s that one thing that Adrienne Maria Vrettos really showed in her novel The Exile of Gigi Lane.

-Lexi (:

FTC: I received this novel from its publishing company/author with the understanding that I would provide an honest review. I am not getting paid in any way for writing and posting this review.

Willow by Julia Hoban

Pub Date: April 2009

Summary: Some secrets are hard to keep, especially is they aren’t easily hidden.

Seven months ago, Willow’s parents were killed in a car accident.

She blames herself for losing control of the car, even though it wasn’t her choice to drive home.

Now as a seventeen year old, Willow finds herself living with her older brother.

Who barely speaks to her.

Willow has had to leave behind everything she knows.

Her home. Her friends. Her school.

But somehow, Willow has found away to survive.

She has found something that numbs her from the world around her.

But, it’s something she has to keep secret.

Willow has begun to cut herself.

Then Guy comes into her life.

He soon discovers her secret and makes it his mission to help her, to stop her.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Review: I thoroughly enjoyed reading Willow. Willow had to be one of the best characters yet. I could relate to her in so many ways. I myself use to have a serious problem with cutting and all throughout the novel, I knew exactly how Willow felt. The guilt, the pain she was causing other, the numbness. I knew it all too well and I felt bad for her. But I also knew that once Guy came into her life everything would change. He wanted to help Willow so bad but she didn’t make it easy for him. She didn’t want help. The relationship and loved between Guy and Willow really developed before your eyes. You saw him fall for her first from the first minute he met her. But for her, falling for him and letting him wasn’t easy. In the end, everything fell together. Guy wasn’t the only person Willow had though. She had her brother but she thought she hated him. When he really didn’t, he loved her more after the accident. Once Willow became friends with Guy, she became friends with his friends too. This meant girlfriends who she could go shopping with and get advice from about guys. Willow never had that after moving away from home. For me, the ending was almost beautiful in a way. I really recommend Willow, I think I’m going to have to read it again very soon.

-Lexi (:

Review Rewind (2)

Hosted by Ashley at Books Make Great Lovers.

So, in this post I'm just going to link some of my reviews that never got any comments or reviews that only got one comment. I think that everyone should have the chance to see them and be reminded of the good books that aren't so new!

Review Rewind (1)

My Big Nose and Other Natural Disasters by Sydney Salter
The first book I've read by Sydney Salter.

Blue Moon by Alyson Noel
Part of the Immortals series.

Giving Up The V by Serena Robar
A good book about your first time.

Thanks guy!

-Lexi (:

Old vs. New

The book I choose for this week is I Know It's Over by CK Kelly Martin.

I have not yet reviewed this book, but I will as soon as I get the chance.

Andddd, here we gooo!

Old Cover:

I really like this cover. I think what I like is how she's walking away, hence the title.

New Cover:

I don't think this picture fits the title as well as the first one.

My favortie of the two would probably have to be the old cover.

But tell me what you think!

-Lexi (:

Switch by Carol Snow

Pub Date: September 2008

Summary: What would you do if every time there was a thunderstorm, you switched bodies with someone?

Every since Claire Martin became another teenager, this happens to her all the time.

During every thunderstorm, Claire finds herself as someone else.

Usually she’s back into her own body by the next time she wakes up.

But this time, something goes horribly wrong.

Claire gets stuck in Larissa’s body.

Larissa happens to be the new hot blonde.

She’s also got the attention of Nate, Claire’s longtime crush.

Claire isn’t sure she will ever get back to her old body, her old life.

If she can, she’s not even sure if she will want it all back.

Rating: 3 Stars

Review: When I first received Switch in the mail, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but I was excited to read it. For me, it kind of started out a little slow and at some points I found myself not really connecting with Claire like I hope to in books. But the plot was definitely different than anything else I’ve read. I really liked that about the book. The plot was unique and well written. But not all of the characters flowed and communicated well together. When Claire switches bodies with Larissa, I really didn’t expect her to get stuck. That was the big climax in Switch, but I think it might have came a little late for me. Sometimes the ending felt a little rushed. There wasn’t very much suspense before the book just ended. If you someone who thinks you would really like this kind of book, then you should definitely go for it! Chances are you will like it. It’s not a bad book, I just think some parts could have been a little better.

-Lexi (:

FTC: I received this novel from its publishing company/author with the understanding that I would provide an honest review. I am not getting paid in any way for writing and posting this review.

The Life of Glass by Jillian Cantor

Pub Date: February 2010

Summary: The stars. That’s the one thing Melissa’s father always told her about.

He told her everything about them especially that the brightest stars weren’t always the most beautiful.

Deep down, Melissa knew that beauty wasn’t just what was on the outside.

But the people around her didn’t view things the same way.

Her older sister, Ashley. The beautiful one.

Her best friend, Ryan. He’s falling for the new girl at school, Courtney.

Then, Melissa’s mother is dating someone new, someone who will never be able to replace her father.

Melissa begins to piece together the parts of her father’s life that she never knew.

She goes through his journals about love and relationships.

When another tragedy happens, Melissa begins to realize that she needs to start living in the present.

Will she finally begin to understand that being beautiful on the outside doesn’t make you beautiful on the in?

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Review: The Life of Glass was a fast read, but that’s not always a bad thing. One of my favorite parts was the relationship between Melissa and Ryan. They were best friends so of course you knew they would end up together in the end! I could find myself relating to Melissa a little bit and I felt very bad for her because she lost her father. But it was nice that she still had something that she knew she could remember him by and it also happened to be something really unique. The contrast between Melissa and her older sister, Ashley, was something that kind of pulled me in. They weren’t all that different on the inside, but on the outside they were. That was all that matter the Melissa though, she never felt close to her sister because her sister was the pretty one and Melissa never felt pretty. But I think at the end of The Life of Glass, both sisters finally understood that what is on the inside is what should really matter.

-Lexi (:

FTC: I received this novel from its publishing company/author with the understanding that I would provide an honest review. I am not getting paid in any way for writing and posting this review.
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