Eternal Youth – Julia Crane, Nolia McCarty, Heather Marie Adkins

Published April 24, 2014 by chrisalys820

★★★★

This book started off slow but I’m really glad I stuck with it. Besides the slow start, the book was awesome and I keep going back and rereading my favorite parts. :D I have always been fascinated with the Bermuda Triangle and the Fountain of Youth and Eternal Youth featured both. I was one happy Christa reading this.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15019615-eternal-youth

The six years following the abrupt death of her father were the worst of Calista Bishoff’s life. Frightened by her own mortality, Callie’s mom threw herself into a search for the Fountain of Youth—and dragged Callie along with her.

Callie should have loved traveling, but instead she hated every minute. When one more failed search sends her mother into depression, they finally return home to California. Sixteen-year-old Callie is ready to hang with her friends and be normal for as long as she can.

But, an unplanned trip to Bermuda with her grandmother throws Callie’s plans awry, and there’s more in store for Callie and her mom than just a simple beach vacation. Callie’s life is turned inside out as she finds herself in a very different world than the one she knows—

Where things exist that she never dreamed were real.

Stay awesome ♥ Christa

Wayback Wednesday – Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare

Published April 23, 2014 by chrisalys820

Today is the 398th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. So, I’ve decided that today’s book is Romeo and Juliet.

If you’ve gone through 9th grade English in any public school in the United States, you’ve probably read Romeo and Juliet. It is not my favorite book by William Shakespeare but it is the first one that I read.

This is a book about two teenagers, who claim to be in love after knowing each other for a week and then when their parents say that they can’t see each other, they run away and end up killing themselves. So, basically, it’s a book about spoiled, selfish teenagers who only care about themselves.

It is considered to be a classic. It is also considered to be the greatest love story ever told but it really shouldn’t be. To me, it is giving teenagers an excuse to be brats. I have no idea why this is taught in schools to 14 year olds. If it must be taught in schools, I say wait until at least 11th grade.

https://librivox.org/romeo-and-juliet-by-william-shakespeare/

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1513

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18135.Romeo_and_Juliet

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romeo_and_Juliet

The play, set in Verona, begins with a street brawl between Montague and Capulet servants who, like their masters, are sworn enemies. Prince Escalus of Verona intervenes and declares that further breach of the peace will be punishable by death. Later, Count Paris talks to Capulet about marrying his daughter Juliet, but Capulet asks Paris to wait another two years and invites him to attend a planned Capulet ball. Lady Capulet and Juliet’s nurse try to persuade Juliet to accept Paris’s courtship. Meanwhile, Benvolio talks with his cousin Romeo, Montague’s son, about Romeo’s recent depression. Benvolio discovers that it stems from unrequited infatuation for a girl named Rosaline, one of Capulet’s nieces. Persuaded by Benvolio and Mercutio, Romeo attends the ball at the Capulet house in hopes of meeting Rosaline. However, Romeo instead meets and falls in love with Juliet. Juliet’s cousin, Tybalt, is enraged at Romeo for sneaking into the ball, but is only stopped from killing Romeo by Juliet’s father, who doesn’t wish to shed blood in his house. After the ball, in what is now called the “balcony scene”, Romeo sneaks into the Capulet orchard and overhears Juliet at her window vowing her love to him in spite of her family’s hatred of the Montagues. Romeo makes himself known to her and they agree to be married. With the help of Friar Laurence, who hopes to reconcile the two families through their children’s union, they are secretly married the next day. Tybalt, meanwhile, still incensed that Romeo had sneaked into the Capulet ball, challenges him to a duel. Romeo, now considering Tybalt his kinsman, refuses to fight. Mercutio is offended by Tybalt’s insolence, as well as Romeo’s “vile submission,” and accepts the duel on Romeo’s behalf. Mercutio is fatally wounded when Romeo attempts to break up the fight. Grief-stricken and wracked with guilt, Romeo confronts and slays Tybalt. Montague argues that Romeo has justly executed Tybalt for the murder of Mercutio. The Prince, now having lost a kinsman in the warring families’ feud, exiles Romeo from Verona, under penalty of death if he ever returns. Romeo secretly spends the night in Juliet’s chamber, where they consummate their marriage. Capulet, misinterpreting Juliet’s grief, agrees to marry her to Count Paris and threatens to disown her when she refuses to become Paris’s “joyful bride.” When she then pleads for the marriage to be delayed, her mother rejects her. Juliet visits Friar Laurence for help, and he offers her a drug that will put her into a deathlike coma for “two and forty hours.” The Friar promises to send a messenger to inform Romeo of the plan, so that he can rejoin her when she awakens. On the night before the wedding, she takes the drug and, when discovered apparently dead, she is laid in the family crypt.The messenger, however, does not reach Romeo and, instead, Romeo learns of Juliet’s apparent death from his servant Balthasar. Heartbroken, Romeo buys poison from an apothecary and goes to the Capulet crypt. He encounters Paris who has come to mourn Juliet privately. Believing Romeo to be a vandal, Paris confronts him and, in the ensuing battle, Romeo kills Paris. Still believing Juliet to be dead, he drinks the poison then awakens and, finding Romeo dead, stabs herself with his dagger. The feuding families and the Prince meet at the tomb to find all three dead. Friar Laurence recounts the story of the two “star-cross’d lovers”. The families are reconciled by their children’s deaths and agree to end their violent feud. The play ends with the Prince’s elegy for the lovers: “For never was a story of more woe / Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”

Stay awesome ♥ Christa

Runaway – Aubrey Kendall, S.M. Knowles

Published April 22, 2014 by chrisalys820

★★⅞

I almost didn’t finish this one but I forced myself to. I wanted to like this book. I really did.

I wish that I had some knowledge beforehand that Courtney was going to become a drug mule. With the description, I thought maybe she would become a prostitute and find her way out in the end. My favorite character was murdered halfway through the book and it seemed to go downhill from there.

You all know what I always say about books I didn’t like. Read it for yourself. Form your own opinion. I’m not the absolute authority on everything. Just because I don’t like something, doesn’t mean somebody else won’t like it. Every other review of Runaway that I’ve read was favorable.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21441333-runaway

At seventeen years old, Courtney Apuzzo is fed up. With a dead mom and an alcoholic father that beats her every chance he gets, Courtney decides that enough is enough. Packing up only what she needs, Courtney leaves home without telling a soul and heads off to find her new life.

Life on her own is not exactly as she thought it would be. With nowhere to stay, Courtney finds herself sleeping on an old stoop in an abandoned apartment alleyway. A chance meeting with a new group of friends seems like a great beginning to her second chance at a real life. But everything is not as it seems.

Tricked into a life she never wanted and fears, Courtney needs to run away, again. She needs to find a way out of this new and dangerous life. With the help from a man she barely knows, will Courtney find her way out? Or will she find herself on the run from a dangerous past, and a hopeless future? Faced with a choice that will change her life forever.

Stay awesome ♥ Christa

Super Series Saturday – The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

Published April 19, 2014 by chrisalys820

The Hunger Games. Right up there with Harry Potter and Divergent. It’s one of those series that you say it and people get all excited. I started reading it last year at a festival and finished it two days later. And I’ve reread it twice since then. If you haven’t read it yet and are looking for a good book series, check out The Hunger Games.

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/153394.Suzanne_Collins

The Hunger Games

Winning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.

In a dark vision of the near future, a terrifying reality TV show is taking place. Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live event called the Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed.

When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her sister’s place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

Catching Fire

Sparks are igniting.
Flames are spreading.
And the Capitol wants revenge.

Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol – a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she’s afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she’s not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol’s cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can’t prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

In Catching Fire, the second novel in the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before…and surprising readers at every turn.

Mockingjay

My name is Katniss Everdeen.
Why am I not dead?
I should be dead.

Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss’s family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans–except Katniss.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss’s willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels’ Mockingjay–no matter what the personal cost.

Stay awesome ♥ Christa

Friday Five

Published April 18, 2014 by chrisalys820

The Real Prom Queens of Westfield High – Laurie Boyle Crompton

★★★★

I haven’t watched very many reality shows but if they’re anything like The Real Prom Queens of Westfield High, I may have to start. I enjoyed this book a lot and it is now on my To Be Reread list.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17683782-the-real-prom-queens-of-westfield-high

Shannon’s ‘clique’ is just her and her best friend and she has a super-embarrassing nickname that won’t go away. It is no huge shock when her classmates vote her least likely to be crowned Prom Queen. What is shocking is the new hidden camera reality show she finds herself starring in, titled The Prom Queen Wannabes! Shannon and two other Wannabes must battle to be elected Prom Queen and snag the One! Million! Dollar! prize. After a summer of makeovers and training at Prom Queen Camp, the hidden cameras watch the three of them enter their senior year equipped with secret skills to help wage war on the popular set. Things at Westfield High are about to get ugly, and Shannon must decide how much she’s willing to give up for a shot at winning that tiara

Counting to D – Kate Scott

★★★★

I couldn’t sleep last night, so I picked up Counting to D. I’m glad I did. I want to be friends with Sam. And Nate. They were awesome characters. I loved that Nate accepted Sam even though she had a learning disorder. And I liked that the girl who I thought would be the mean girl turned out to be really nice.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18518158-counting-to-d

The kids at Sam’s school never knew if they should make fun of her for being too smart or too dumb. That’s what it means to be dyslexic, smart, and illiterate. Sam is sick of it. So when her mom gets a job in a faraway city, Sam decides not to tell anyone about her little illiteracy problem. Without her paradox of a reputation, she falls in with a new group of highly competitive friends who call themselves the Brain Trust. When she meets Nate, her charming valedictorian lab partner, she declares her new reality perfect. But in order to keep it that way, she has to keep her learning disability a secret. The books are stacked against her and so are the lies. Sam’s got to get the grades, get the guy, and get it straight—without being able to read.

The Body in the Woods – April Henry

★★★½

I figured out who the killer was halfway through the book. Alexis was my favorite character. She seemed the most real of any of the characters. I’m glad this is a series because I feel like I didn’t get enough time with the characters. :)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18490532-the-body-in-the-woods

In this new series told from multiple perspectives, teen members of a search and rescue team discover a dead body in the woods.

Alexis, Nick, and Ruby have very different backgrounds: Alexis has spent her life covering for her mom’s mental illness, Nick’s bravado hides his fear of not being good enough, and Ruby just wants to pursue her eccentric interests in a world that doesn’t understand her. When the three teens join Portland County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, they are teamed up to search for a autistic man lost in the woods. What they find instead is a dead body. In a friendship that will be forged in danger, fear, and courage, the three team up to find the girl’s killer—before he can strike one of their own.

This first book in April Henry’s Point Last Seen YA mystery series is full of riveting suspense, putting readers in the middle of harrowing rescues and crime scene investigations.

Downsiders – Neal Shusterman

★★★★★

This is my favorite book by Neal Shusterman. I don’t know how many times I’ve read it. I love how the book is a combination of true history and fiction. And I’m so happy that there is a sequel coming.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/639754.Downsiders

Talon lives Downside, that is, underneath New York City. There is a strict code of secrecy among the Downsiders. However, when Talon accidentally meets a young woman named Lindsay, who is a Topsider (from above the ground), the two worlds inevitably collide. They become friends and love blossoms. The punishment for Talon’s lack of discretion could be death. What will happen to them? Will the entire Downsider community be discovered?

Full Ride – Margaret Peterson Haddix

http://agirlsomebooksandablog.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/full-ride-margaret-peterson-haddix/

Stay awesome ♥ Christa

Full Ride – Margaret Peterson Haddix

Published April 17, 2014 by chrisalys820

★★★★★

When I picked up Full Ride at the library yesterday, I did not know what I was getting myself into. I started reading it at 10:30 this morning and put it down only to do some school with Baby and to get lunch and dinner ready. I feel really bad that I spent most of the day reading and not getting any writing done but it was a really good book.

Becca was a relatable character and her friends were relatable too. They’re average teenagers, getting ready for college. But like most teenagers, Becca has a secret: her dad is in jail for embezzlement. She spends her time keeping it a secret and studying. Like a normal teenager would…

If you want more, read it for yourself but if you’re going to read Full Ride, make sure you don’t have anything else to do. :D

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17138134-full-ride

Becca thought her life was over when her father was sent to prison for embezzlement. It didn’t help when he used her as his excuse: “How else is a guy like me supposed to send his daughter to college?” She and her mother fled their town and their notoriety, started over, and vowed never to let anyone know about their past.

Now a senior in high school, Becca has spent the last four years hiding in anonymity. But when it’s time to apply to colleges and for financial aid, her mother gives her a rude awakening: If she applies, her past may be revealed to the world.

But Becca has already applied for a full-ride scholarship. And as she begins to probe deeper into the secrets of her past, she discovers that she and her mother might be in danger of more than simple discovery – by revealing the truth about their past, she might be putting their very lives in jeopardy.

Stay awesome ♥ Christa

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