Friday Five

Published July 18, 2014 by chrisalys820

I went to the doctor. I have to go for tests. Meanwhile, I still have a headache. And as a result, I have only read one book this week. So instead of five books that I read this week, I’m going to give you a list of the top five objects that would make my life hard if I had to live without them.

1) My library card/ books

2) A water bottle

3) Some kind of hard candy

4) A notebook/ pen

5) My pillow

Hopefully, in the coming weeks, I will feel better and I will be able to read more. I miss it.

Stay awesome and thanks for sticking with me ♥ Christa

Juliet’s Nurse – Lois Leveen

Published July 15, 2014 by chrisalys820

★★★★

This book took me a few chapters to get into it, but once I got into it, I didn’t want to put it down. I read it mostly when I couldn’t sleep. It was a good book to just relax and read. It gave me a whole new perspective on Romeo and Juliet. I never gave much thought to the nurse when I read R&J in school but now, I will never look at secondary characters the same way again.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18773488-juliet-s-nurse

An enthralling new telling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet—told from the perspective of Juliet’s nurse.

In Verona, a city ravaged by plague and political rivalries, a mother mourning the death of her day-old infant enters the household of the powerful Cappelletti family to become the wet-nurse to their newborn baby. As she serves her beloved Juliet over the next fourteen years, the nurse learns the Cappellettis’ darkest secrets. Those secrets—and the nurse’s deep personal grief—erupt across five momentous days of love and loss that destroy a daughter, and a family.

By turns sensual, tragic, and comic, Juliet’s Nurse gives voice to one of literature’s most memorable and distinctive characters, a woman who was both insider and outsider among Verona’s wealthy ruling class. Exploring the romance and intrigue of interwoven loyalties, rivalries, jealousies, and losses only hinted at in Shakespeare’s play, this is a never-before-heard tale of the deepest love in Verona—the love between a grieving woman and the precious child of her heart.

In the tradition of Sarah Dunant, Philippa Gregory, and Geraldine Brooks, Juliet’s Nurse is a rich prequel that reimagines the world’s most cherished tale of love and loss, suffering and survival.

Stay awesome ♥ Christa

Friday… Ten?

Published July 11, 2014 by chrisalys820

The last week and a half have been crazy. My BFFSister got married (!), Lovey had some time off ( :D ), and I have had a headache since last Friday ( :( ) . I don’t know what is going on, but I am going to talk to my doctor asap. Sorry I haven’t been around and I don’t know when Wayback Wednesday and Super Series Saturday will resume but the rest of the blog will continue as normal.

The Summer I Shrunk My Grandmother – Elvira Woodruff

★★★★★

A few weeks ago, I read The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L Holm and was kind of reminded of a book I read when I was younger. So, I took to Google, found the book I was thinking of, took it out of the library and read it. And The Summer I Shrunk My Grandmother was just as good as I remembered it to be. I still love it just as much as I did when I was 10. :)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/961004.The_Summer_I_Shrunk_My_Grandmother

Budding scientist Nelly Brown is thrilled when she discovers an old chemistry set at her grandmother’s summer cottage. The set includes everything for mixing up magic formulas, and guarantees that each child using the set can make a wish that will come true.
Nelly adores her grandmother and mixes up a formula that makes her young again. But to Nelly’s amazement, her grandmother continues getting younger and younger. Luckily Nelly’s cousin Ben is on the way. Will they be able to save Grandma before she shrinks into nothing?

Proof!

Torn Away – Jennifer Brown

★★★★★

I cried. I cried when I was finished reading this. Like, I was curled up, in a ball, sobbing. It was a fantastic book. I wish I could read it again for the first time. If you like Sarah Dessen’s books, I think you’ll like this one.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15845648-torn-away

Born and raised in the Midwest, Jersey Cameron knows all about tornadoes. Or so she thinks. When her town is devastated by a twister, Jersey survives — but loses her mother, her young sister, and her home. As she struggles to overcome her grief, she’s sent to live with her only surviving relatives: first her biological father, then her estranged grandparents.

In an unfamiliar place, Jersey faces a reality she’s never considered before — one in which her mother wasn’t perfect, and neither were her grandparents, but they all loved her just the same. Together, they create a new definition of family. And that’s something no tornado can touch.

Serenade – Emily Kiebel

★★★★

This was a little slow in places but overall, it was good. I cried a bit, I laughed a bit, I felt like throwing my Nook across the room (I squeezed a stress ball instead). The way it ended, I kind of can see that there could be a sequel and if there is, I’ll read it.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22083168-serenade

Suddenly the voice she prized is now dangerously seductive…

Lorelei Clark’s only concern was her future as a classically trained soprano, that is, until the day her father was tragically killed. Shattered by his death, she hesitantly accepts an invitation from a mysterious aunt to visit her lavish oceanside home in Cape Cod. She quickly discovers that her aunt and the two women who live with her are harboring a frightening secret they are sirens, terrifying mythical creatures responsible for singing doomed sailors to their deaths. Even more astounding, Lorelei is one of them. In this new world where water comes alive at her touch and an ancient power pulses beneath the tide, the most important rule Lorelei must learn is that a siren never interferes with fate. When she breaks this rule by rescuing a handsome sailor who should have died at sea, the sirens vow she must finish the job or face grave consequences. Finding herself inexplicably attracted to him, she must fight to keep him safe from the others, even if it means risking her own life, and her heart, in the process.

Bittersweet Sixteen – Lexi Witcher

★★★★

This was a little hard to get into. I wish there was a bit more backstory about the curse. Once I got into it, I couldn’t read fast enough. I got to the end and almost screamed when I realized that there was a sequel. I wanted more! I didn’t though and I’m sure everyone in my house is happy that I didn’t scream because it was 3 am. :)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20875434-bittersweet-sixteen

A 300 year old curse…
Bernadette’s Curse
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. In the 1700s, Bernadette loved young Walter Doherty more than life itself, but when he chose another to be his bride, she vowed on his wedding day that the union would be cursed forever and that if a daughter was born unto them, the eldest would know her fate upon her sixteenth birthday and every generation afterward.
30 days to live…
Dodie Jenks is your typical teenager until she learns of the three hundred year old curse that will claim her on her sixteenth birthday. She doesn’t want to believe this is her fate, but what if it’s true? Visiting a seer does no good. She’s warned to not try to break the curse. Her family struggles to keep her alive, but none of them are prepared for what lies ahead.
One Hot Warlock…
Leopold. A powerful warlock seeking to regain acceptance by his coven agrees to help Dodie and her family try to break Bernadette’s Curse. At eighteen he’s a college graduate and a social outcast. He’s awkward around others, but somehow he and Dodie connect on a personal level as he works to keep her alive.

The Frog Prince – Jenni James

★★★★★

Jenni James is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. I loved her take on The Frog Prince. TFP is one of my favorite fairy tales and some of the retellings just don’t do it justice. But this one was awesome. If you liked Enchanted by Alethea Kontis, read this book.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17673256-the-frog-prince

A prince disguises himself to find true love—

Prince Nolan has had enough of Princess Blythe—the woman to whom he has been betrothed since infancy—and her simpering letters. Does the princess truly not have a brain in her head? Never before has he communicated with someone who seemed so childish and spoiled. It was time he met her for himself, to decide if he could actually follow through with this marriage. But to do it right, she must not see how handsome he is. He needs a disguise—something that would show him her true nature.

Nolan asks an old herb woman to transform him into a creature that is disgusting to any female—a frog. The spell will last thirty days unless the princess does the impossible and kisses him. Now the true test begins. Will Blythe prove to be as monstrously annoying as he believes she is, or will he learn to see past his judgments and find a loving princess waiting for him?

Snow White – Jenni James

★★★★

This was good. I wasn’t expecting the Seven Dwarves to be swapped with Seven Fairies. I liked how the enchanted mirror slowly warped the Queen into thinking Snow White was the bad guy.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18826508-snow-white

An enchanted mirror, a tale of envy—

Raven and Snow White have been the greatest of friends for years, so when Snow’s father, King Herbert, and Raven’s mother, Queen Melantha, wed, the girls’ dreams come true—now they are sisters! However, in an act of exceeding folly, the king presents his new bride with the enchanted Lythereon Mirror as a wedding gift. Its dark power soon corrupts the queen.

Prince Corlan, Raven’s brother, is determined to find a way to destroy the mirror before he loses his mother completely—or it kills them all. Already the queen’s envy of Snow has become obvious. Corlan has been in love with Snow White since they were children and would do anything to protect the beautiful princess, even defy his mother. But when Queen Melantha uses the mirror to force Corlan into killing Snow, he knows it will take a battle of great strength to outwit the evil spell surrounding him and save the girl he loves.

The Baby Project – DroppedJem

★★★½

I read this on Wattpad and it’s not quite finished. I will rereview it when it is over.

It seemed like Rory and Kale went from hating each other at the beginning of the chapter to being in love at the end of the chapter. It also seemed like the story suddenly changed right in the middle. It was good. I have liked what I have read so far and I will finish it. :)

http://www.wattpad.com/story/809775-the-baby-project

When it comes to seventeen-year-olds Aurora “Rory” West and Kale Mathews, there is no such thing as the concept of ‘common ground.’ Their interactions (the few that they have) are always filled with overly-sarcastic remarks and countless number of trips to the principal’s office.

One day, when a particular interaction goes a bit too far, their principal decides to punish them with The Baby Project- a month long project, worth more than half their grade, that requires them to parent a fake baby.

In the beginning, the partnership is discarded as a joke by both students. However, when threatened with the possibility of expulsion, Rory and Kale reluctantly agree to make peace for the sake of their education. Over time, something changes, making them question their thoughts and feelings.

They say there’s a thin line between love and hate, but will a baby be the last push?

Riley’s Tale on the Opposite Gender – Cappuccinos

★★★½

This was another Wattpad story. This one kind of flip flopped between the guys. “I like him. No, I like his brother.” And by the time she realized who she liked, he didn’t want her. I liked the ending though. It was unexpected.

http://www.wattpad.com/story/2153295-riley’s-tale-on-the-opposite-gender

Meet seventeen year old Riley Brooks. She’s your typical girl with an average life: She has loving parents, three best friends, and decent grades. Sounds boring. Right?
Well, her average life takes quite a turn when her parents decide to send her across the country to live a family she has not heard of.

Yeah, this is one of those stories. But did I mention that Riley isn’t your typical outgoing and chatty girl. Hell, she is the definition of socially awkward. So, just how is she going to cope with two new parents and several hormonal teenage boys. Surely, she would go insane. Right?

But what Riley doesn’t know is that everyone, like her, carries baggage and has a story to tell. Some stories might be plain and simple but others might be totally heartbreaking and devastating.

Nevertheless, boys will always be boys so the question of interest is, can Riley survive this new life without having history repeat itself?

© 2012 by Cappuccinos. All rights reserved.
No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without written permission from the author
This story is previously titled as Riley & the Boys

OUTCAST in DISGUISE – JoPRBooks

★★★★★

This one has, I think, one chapter left to be uploaded and I can’t wait to read it. I read this in about an hour and a half. I didn’t expect Gem to be some kind of supernatural creature but it was a nice twist. I really hope that there is a sequel after this one.

http://www.wattpad.com/story/11810765-outcast-in-disguise

The moment he glanced at me, I started to realize that something was wrong. Before, he looked at me as if I was hell even with my unknown face. Fun to play with just for the thrill of it. I was fierce and wild. But now looking up at me, seeing my face EXPOSED, he realized his prize was a lot more worthy than what he’d expected. And it made me that much more tempting.

“Whoa.” He said straightening up, looking at me more amused than ever. “Whoa, whoa, whoa. What do we have here?”

Meet Emerald. Alienated by her school. A quiet lonely girl during the day. A beautiful thief at night. Identity? Unknown. Why? Her face is covered with a curtain of black bangs.
But then everything goes wrong when one of her house robbing attempts FAIL
She has broken into Ethan’s mansion
Heart throb of Saxton high school
And to save herself
Had to reveal one of her most DANGEROUS secrets: Her identity.

Cinderella – Jenni James

http://agirlsomebooksandablog.wordpress.com/2014/07/01/cinderella-jenni-james/

Stay awesome ♥ Christa

Cinderella – Jenni James

Published July 1, 2014 by chrisalys820

★★★★

“Oh no! Christa is reading fairy tale retellings again!” Do not worry. I’ve been changing it up this week. It’s not all fairy tales and not all Cinderella. Having said that, I liked this one. It lagged a bit in the middle but it picked right back up again. Ella was an amazing new Cinderella. She had spunk. And Prince Charming– um, Prince Anthony wasn’t too bad either. I got a bit mad that Ella didn’t get as mad as I would have after finding out that John was Prince Anthony but I got over that. If you like fairy tales, try this one. :D

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17287926-cinderella

A girl with a secret and a prince on a mission

When Prince Anthony spies Eleanoria Woodston outside her family home dressed as a servant, he knows something is amiss. Pretending to be John, his cousin’s outrider, he decides to take matters into his own hands and figure out why Ella hasn’t been seen at court. And more importantly why the daughter of one of the wealthiest families in the kingdom dresses like a pauper.

Ella has had her own bout of trials, including losing her beloved father and facing the wrath and jealousy of her stepmother and stepsisters. Becoming a servant doesn’t seem all that bad until the handsome John comes into her life, now he appears to be upsetting everything. Never before has she been so unsettled. Just his presence is making her dream of a life beyond this one.

When John invites Ella to the ball and she grudgingly accepts, he wonders if he’s truly losing his mind. How would he ever pull off pretending to be John while obviously hosting the ball as Anthony? Especially when the stubborn girl has made it quite obvious she would never attend a ball with a snobbish prince.

Stay awesome ♥ Christa

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