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Friday, September 30, 2011

Review: .hack // Legend of the Twilight by Tatsuya Hamazaki

.hack // Legend of the Twilight by Tatsuya Hamazaki
Series: .hack // Legend of the Twilight #1
Released: September 9, 2003
Publisher: Tokyopop
Artist: Rei Idumi
Age Group: Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Old-fashioned role-playing games have experienced a renaissance on the World Wide Web. Twins Rena and Shugo are two middle-school students who enter 'The World' as level one game characters. When Shugo's character dies, he is transported to another level where he is entrusted to bear the Twilight Bracelet by the mysterious Aura. Shugo must find out who Aura is and why she gave him this powerful weapon to protect his sister from the peculiar characters in 'The World'.
For a video game lover, this manga was worth my while. I wish that modern video game MMORPG games would be as intense as The World here in the universe of .hack and if it was I possible would lose all ties to my social life. No joke there.

Rena and Shugo have won famous game characters to a new game called The World. There, entering the MMORPG they face what usually happens: fighting monsters. Though in the process of saving his sister, Shugo's character dies. There he meets a young girl that enforces a bracelet upon his wrist and recites that he to carry on the legend of the dot hackers. 

I have finished the Legend of the Twilight series of the .hack universe but have yet to expand into its other series such as G.U.+, Alcore, etc. I do plan to eventually when my cluster of books dwindle in size, and the .hack  series are definitely up there on the list of graphic novels. The story-line and the artwork are one of its interesting features that has kept me interested. I just love the faces of the characters when Idumi puts them in a chibi form. Just so cute!

As well, the characters  have those personalities that just draw you in. You can't help but adore every one including those who are the antagonists of the books. And the emails before the beginning of different sections were enjoyable to read, definitely a check on creative and adorable.

Four targets slayed

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Cover Reveal: Last Rite by Lisa Desrochers

Last Rite by Lisa Desrochers 


Release Date: May 2012
Publisher: TOR Teen
Series: Personal Demons #3
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Format: Paperback


 
What happens when you can't outrun Hell—or trust the ones you love?










What do you think? Gorgeous isn't it?
I have yet to read Lisa Desrochers Personal Demons series but I do own the first book *thankyou TOR Teen* and I an excited to start it soon after my pile of CURRENTLY READING shrinks.

Personal Demons Series:





Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Notes of Interest (9)

Dark Eden by Patrick Carman
Publication Date: November 1, 2011


A institution that is to help cure phobias but may be doing much more than what it's prescribed. It sounds good enough to draw me in. Even the cover has a dark and alluring aspect to it. It sorta reminds me of the Saw movies in a way, and let me tell you, I'm a fan of the Saw movies (though they really weren't that scary just really gross). This definitely gets a worthy note.










Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon
Publication Date: October 4, 2011


Oh my the cover is so attractive! A love that is determined by a fate of the past. Making me wonder what the hell it must mean! It's even the first of a trilogy. And you come out so soon! Making me giddy :D 



Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Review: Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Release Date: April 25, 2005
Publisher: Knopf 
Series: Inheritance #1
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 503
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Source: Borrowed From A Friend









When young Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his adopted family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of inescapable destiny, magical forces, and powerful people. With only an ancient sword and the instruction of an old, mysterious, hermit storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a Emperor whose evil and power knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands….

I was recommended this book by one of my guy friends who knows how much i enjoy reading fantasy with all that magic and what not. He wanted me to read it so much that I gave into his whim and consumed this book in about a week, which i found astounded with school and marching band taking over most of my life.

I have read many mixed reviews on this book before getting started. I was wary towards reading this because of that but my wariness was extremely wrong because this was a fabulous story. Reading about how Paolini was only 15 when he got his book published had me insanely jealous but also has me determined to reach for that goal even though i'm older than the 15 year mark. 

Though I felt that the book was rather slow towards the beginning, many of the battle scenes that take place and the dialogue with Eragon and Saphira was beautiful and fun to read. Even reading about the legend of the Dragon Riders and the past of the characters was tragic but engaging. Those scenes never bored me but had me blowing through page after page, hungry for more.

First Line: Wind howled through the night, carrying a scent that would change the world.

Story: XS

Cover:  S

Monday, September 26, 2011

Review: Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris

Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris

Release Date: July 12, 2011
Publisher: Delcatore Press
Series: Kate Grable #1
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 201
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Zombies

Kate Grable is horrified to find out that the football coach has given the team steroids. Worse yet, the steroids are having an unexpected effect, turning hot gridiron hunks into mindless flesh-eating zombies. No one is safe--not her cute crush Aaron, not her dorky brother, Jonah . . . not even Kate!   

     She's got to find an antidote--before her entire high school ends up eating each other. So Kate, her best girlfriend, Rocky, and Aaron stage a frantic battle to save their town. . . and stay hormonally human.
*I purchased this book from Barnes and Noble*
READ IT.

Oh my God was this such an engrossing book. Hilarious, witty, quirky, and ZOMBIES who doesn't love a good zombie book? I for one am a zombie-loving-freak and this book hit a home run out of my field. 

The characterization was amazing, the conversations were realistic, Kate's narrative cracked me up from time to time and her heroics were kick-ass! When a zombie virus strikes my home town I would definitely call Kate for her wise words of wisdom, her being the biology genius and all.

It's a short read and it definitely packs a punch for its length. Correct me if i'm wrong, and trust me, i'm not, but great things come in small packages and this one was a doozy of a small package!

Zombies, comedy, flesh eating, homecoming, its a teenage fantasy and it should be on your TBR list this minute!

First Line: "You're one of those genius types," said Coach, nudging me with a beefy elbow.

Story:

Cover:

Sunday, September 25, 2011

In My Mailbox (12): Fantasy Love

In My Mailbox is a weekly Meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren where bloggers take time to share the books that they had received that week.


--BORROWED--
Eragon by Christopher Paolini (Amazon | Goodreads)


--WON--
Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey (Amazon | Goodreads)


--e-GALLEY--
Seed by Rob Ziegler (Amazon | Goodreads)

What's in you're mailbox?
c:

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Notes of Interest (8)

Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu
Publication Date: September 27, 2011


I love Hans Christian Anderson's tales and a chance to read a novel based on his story "The Snow Queen" sounds right up my ally. I've always been interested in his stories that had became what we know as Disney movies...minus the gruesome details and such. But it looks cute, one friend trying to save the other and her journey in doing so. Definitely taking a note on this.









Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey
Publication Date: September 20, 2011

I happened to win the ARC of this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway and I'm psyched to read it. I'm a huge fan of zombie novels. After reading the summary that it was actually a zombie ya read I was ecstatic. I'm anticipating this on in my mailbox any day now! 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Review: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan


Release Date: June 12, 2005
Publisher: Miramax
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 377
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Mythology
Format: Paperback
Source: Borders








After getting expelled from yet another school for yet another clash with mythological monsters only he can see, twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is taken to Camp Half-Blood, where he finally learns the truth about his unique abilities: He is a demigod, half human, half immortal. Even more stunning: His father is the Greek god Poseidon, ruler of the sea, making Percy one of the most powerful demigods alive. There's little time to process this news. All too soon, a cryptic prophecy from the Oracle sends Percy on his first quest, a mission to the Underworld to prevent a war among the gods of Olympus.

Me and mythology, it's like bread and butter ha-ha. Percy Jackson I have been reading since I was young so I grew into the series because of it and Rick Riordan makes it easy to fall into the steps of the characters and enjoy their experiences.

Now I think that learning that you're a demigod to Poseidon is pretty beast and I think that Percy is a lucky duck to be that demigod. I would kill to go to camp Half-Blood, I wish I could now since I'm not really doing anything this summer and camp sounds like fun times. Playing war games -- epic fun times 

One of my favorite lines from the book: "It's a pen." but look no further Percy, thy pen is a sword. Sickest weapon, you'd never expect it. 'Wut? A pen, srsly?" /opens pen to badass sword. "Oh @$*" that's what i call taking the enemy by surprise. Love Percy. :) 

First Line: Look, I didn't want to be a half-blood. 

Story: S

Cover: A

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa


The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Release Date: February 1, 2010
Publisher: Harliquin Teen
Series: Iron Fey #1
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 363
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Format: Paperback
Source: Barnes & Noble 









Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined. 
Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home. When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change. But she could never have guessed the truth - that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.


After reading novels on angels, devils, and vampires, getting into the fey series was refreshing. Julie Kagawa's take on the Fey was truly an interesting read. Bringing in a source of iron, weakness to the Fey world, and transforming it into a fast paced novel that hit all the way home.

I found it fun to see the characters of  A Midsummer Nights Dream cameo in Kagawa's novel. King Oberon, Queen Titiana, Robin Goodfellow, Queen Mab. Every character drew me into the story. Especially Ash. The Winter Prince that shot an arrow through my heart. How i wish some characters were real people. It's a saddening to remind myself that he's but a character.

Reading about Meghan's adventure through the Nevernever to find her younger brother (half-brother) Ethan, traveling along side the quirky Puck, the Ice Prince Ash, meeting the mysterious (always pegged me for the Cheshire Cat) Grim, and all the mythical creatures of the Faery Relm made this a fun novel to jump into. I definitely recommended for the romancey-actiony-fantasy readers out there because The Iron King should be on your TBR list asap!

First Line: Ten years ago, on my sixteenth birthday, my father disappeared.

Story: XS

Cover: XS (I love the title font, it's so much fun to run my fingers across!)


Sunday, September 18, 2011

In My Mailbox (11): School Blues

In My Mailbox is a weekly Meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren where bloggers take time to share the books that they had received that week.


e-Galley
The Deserter by (Amazon | Goodreads)
Guy Langman Crime Scene Procrastinator by (Amazon | Goodreads)
The Queen's Lady by Eve Edwards (Amazon | Goodreads)
Spirit's Princess by Ester Friesner (Amazon | Goodreads)







ARC's
Goliath by Scott Westerfeld (Amazon (Signed Edition) | Goodreads)
Wildefire by Karsten Knight (Amazon | Goodreads)
--courtesy of Simon and Schuster publishing --




What's in your Mailbox?
c:

Friday, September 16, 2011

Cover Revealed: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

The second book of Veronica Roth's Divergent Trilogy's cover has been released today. The book will be hitting shelves in May 2012. A antagonizing wait for this!

The cover is captivating. I have yet to read this trilogy but i'm saving up some money to buy Divergent and I'll definitely get my hands on a copy of this beautiful cover in May!  

Tell me what you think of the cover c:


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Review: Fade by Lisa McMann

Fade by Lisa McMann


Release Date: February 10, 2010
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Series: Dream Catcher #2
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 248
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Format: Hardcover
Source: Borrowed From A Friend








For Janie and Cabel, real life is getting tougher than the dreams. They're just trying to carve out a little (secret) time together, but no such luck. 
Disturbing things are happening at Fieldridge High, yet nobody's talking. When Janie taps into a classmate's violent nightmares, the case finally breaks open -- but nothing goes as planned. Not even close. Janie's in way over her head, and Cabe's shocking behavior has grave consequences for them both. 
Worse yet, Janie learns the truth about herself and her ability -- and it's bleak. Seriously, brutally bleak. Not only is her fate as a dream catcher sealed, but what's to come is way darker than she'd feared.... 

A wonderful sequal to Wake, i really enjoyed this one much more too. The realistic dialogue, the riveting pace, the suspense, me screaming to Janie "NOOOOOO DOOOOOOOON'T!!!" because I got really into the book...

Everything about Janie makes her a great character in my eyes, well, a wonderful protagonist i must say. The one thing that i marvel that she has is courage. In this book, Janie's courage and determination is really brought out and I loved it.

The second of a trilogy, and I had dreaded the day the last one came out because that was the end of Janie's arc. 

Fade a great, fast paced, marvel that Lisa McMann gives her readers and it has to be my favorite.


First Line: Janie sprints through the snowy yards from two streets away and slips quietly through the front door of her house.


Story: XS


Cover: S


Monday, September 12, 2011

Review: The Mephisto Covenant by Trinity Faegen

The Mephisto Covenant by Trinity Faegen 


Release Date: September 27, 2011
Publisher: Egmont USA
Series: The Mephisto Covenant #1
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 439
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Format: e-Galley
Source: NetGalley








Sasha is desperate to find out who murdered her father. When getting the answer means pledging her soul to Eryx, she unlocks a secret that puts her in grave danger—Sasha is Anabo, a daughter of Eve, and Eryx’s biggest threat. 
A son of Hell, immortal, and bound to Earth forever, Jax looks for redemption in the Mephisto Covenant—God’s promise he will find peace in the love of an Anabo. After a thousand years, he’s finally found the girl he’s been searching for: Sasha. 
With the threat of Eryx looming, Jax has to keep Sasha safe and win her over. But can he? Will Sasha love him and give up her mortal life?

This book really wasn't what I expected it to be. The mythological portion was interesting but over all, I was actually disappointed by this book. 

The whole time I was reading, it felt as if I was eating stale bread. It was just bland writing. I couldn't get into the story, nor could I deeply involve myself with the characters because there wasn't much complexity to them. They were either completely good or they were completely evil. Not to mention when the Mephisto are tempted by everything around them and have to stop themselves from taking in the tempting sins, there wasn't any form of temptation besides Sasha that I could find in this book. Lust isn't the only temptation he should have to deal with but all of the deadly sins that rummage throughout the lives and worlds of others. 

I felt like this was closely related to a Cinderella tale. You have the aunt that hates Sasha's being, a cousin that makes her miserable, every lost child wanting to ruin her or kill her. I mean, it was hard for me to even get past some of the parts because I just wanted to scream at all of these people. Yeah, they sold their soul and now have no conscience. 

Some of these scenes were really hard for me to read because I was becoming uncomfortable with the content. I mean the constant focus on Sasha's boobs during Jax's sections and all of the attempted rape scenes by the "popular" lost kids. My stomach was doing 180s and I just had to speed through some scenes.

I'm giving it a two mostly because of the: vulgar scenes, the lack of character from the characters, and the bland writing. I just really wasn't hooked on this one as much as i would have likes too. The disappointment ran deep as I finished the ending. Don't start me on it because it's SO CHEESY. And it's extremely predictable. But, this book happened to have a cover that deceives you, because it did me. 

First Line: "Your father's ring is gone! And that slime, Alex, took it -- I know he did."

Story: B

Cover: XS

Sunday, September 11, 2011

In My Mailbox (10): Double Digits

In My Mailbox is a weekly Meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren where bloggers take time to share the books that they had received that week.


E-GALLEYS
Ashfall by Mike Mullin (Amazon | Goodreads)




ARCs
Hades by Alexandra Adornetto (Amazon | Goodreads)
The Fox Inheritance (Amazon | Goodreads)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Hades by Alexandra Adornetto - Giveaway

Hades by Alexandra Adornetto


Heaven Help Her.

Bethany Church is an angel sent to Earth to keep dark forces at bay. Falling in love was never part of her mission, but the bond between Beth and her mortal boyfriend, Xavier Woods, is undeniably strong. But even Xavier’s love, and the care of her archangel siblings, Gabriel and Ivy, can’t keep Beth from being tricked into a motorcycle ride that ends up in Hell. There, the demon Jake Thorn bargains for Beth’s release back to Earth. But what he asks of her will destroy her, and quite possibly, her loved ones, as well. 







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Friday, September 9, 2011

Review: Shugo Chara by Peach-Pit

Shugo Chara by Peach-Pit

Release Date: March 27, 2007
Publisher: Del Rey
Series: Shugo Chara #1
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Shojo
Format: Paperback
Source: Borders
Buy This At: Amazon





Everybody at Seiyo Elementary thinks that stylish and super cool Amu has it all: But nobody knows the real Amu, a shy girl who wishes she had the courage to truly be herself. Changing Amu’s life is going to take more than wishes and dreams–it’s going to take a little magic! One morning, Amu finds a surprise in her bed: three strange little eggs. Each egg contains a Guardian Character, an angel-like being who can give her the power to be someone new. With the help of her Guardian Characters, Amu is about to discover that her true self is even more amazing than she ever dreamed.

 I honestly recommend this book to those who enjoy a little romance, can handle the two-boy love conflict, and lots and lots of innocence. Because this manga is adorable as it is entertaining. 

Shugo Chara happens to revolve around Hinamori Amu who is a elementary school student that can't be herself around others. She has to play the "cool" persona, thinking its the only way people will recognize her let alone be friends with her. But after wishing to be who she really is deep down inside, manifestations of her true self called Shugo Chara's appear before her to help her truly becomes who he wants to be.

It's original, it's quirky, it's adorable. Very cute with your whole transformations like Sailor Moon style. They seem to be really popular in Japan, but I really can't complain because the transformations are very cute and tell a lot about the characters themselves. Oh and character development, it really does progress along the series. I have truly fallen for Kukai during my readings. Come on, cute sporty boy with a sense of humor and is uber nice! The cutest Jack ever c:

The only thing that I really didn't like about this whole series was the obliviousness from most of the characters and the whole two-boy love conflict. I mean, I understand that it's important to the role of the story, but reading about it gets really old. I personally think Kukai was a much better fit for Amu than Tadase (really disliked his character. Too much of a pansy.) and Ikuto (your typical bay boy. I liked him, but I loved Kukai much more).

Story: S

Artwork: S

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Cover v. Cover (Round 5)

Last weeks match was postponed due to massive Intrepid Museum overload. 

But now let's bring the competitors to their corners!

UK Cover                                                                            US Cover










V.





I'm going to come out and say this. I really dislike the US cover. I don't like the placement of the text or just the whole cover in general. The UK cover is gorgeous though. The placement, the font, the girl on the cover. I even love the butterfly stationed in her hair. Covers like that sometimes make me wish we could choose the book covers at the store, whether we wanted the UK version or the US version. Well, I think we all know who won this round. HAHA

WINNER

UK Cover

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Notes of Interest (7)

Blood Rights by Kristen Painter
Publication Date: October 1, 2011


I don't remember if I noted this book yet but even if I did I have a new reason to note it: THE RELEASE DATE IS SO CLOSE. Only a month away for me to chew on this beautiful cover <3 And when I say chew I don't mean literally, there only book I nibbled on was Catcher in the Rye and that was because I was stricken with anxiety from a test I had on it. But anyhoo -- so close to being mine! October fly to me!












The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
Publication Date: March 10, 2009


I've noted this one a while back on Goodreads and I was disappointed when Barnes and Noble didn't have it in stock. This novel has been haunting me. The agony I'm enduring until I finally get my hands on a copy and read it is unbearable. Hopefully fate or God will let the odds be in my favor and acquire this novel sooner rather than later. 
















Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
Publication Date: July 7, 2009


The cover is simply breathtaking. Enchanting and my kind of cover to say the least. I have heard mixed opinions about this novel though as well as the series. Everyone has their opinions so I decided I'd give it a try once I can get my hands on a copy. I can definitely say right now that this cover has me captivated enough to read it. I just find it funny how much covers draw me in HAHA!









Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Review: Shiver by Maggie Steifvater

Shiver by Maggie Steifvater


Release Date: August 1, 2009
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 400
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Format: Paperback
Source: Borders
Buy This At: Amazon







Grace and Sam share a kinship so close they could be lovers or siblings. But they also share a problem. When the temperature slips towards freezing, Sam reverts to his wolf identity and must retreat into the woods to protect his pack. He worries that eventually his human side will fade away and he will left howling alone at the lonely moon. A stirring supernatural teen romance.

Adorable in every way possible! I'm very picky when it comes to romancey type novels but this one took my heart. And i'm glad that I blockaded Twilight werewolves from my thoughts when reading this because it would have ruined the whole story for me.

The lyrical style of writing that Maggie Stiefvater uses in this story is absolutely darling and I must say, she had me lingering on ever word. Sam was adorable and had me wishing that my boyfriend would pick me up from school or drive me to a book store or a candy palace. Sigh, the realistic notions of my life that aren't meant to merge with the fantasy that i would love to live. Grace was a cute female protag who, I must say, irked me in the beginning but I adored towards the end. And not to be weird or anything but when Isabel entered the story all I could think of in her place of a character blend in the beginning was Jenna from Pretty Little Liars, I don't know why, I just did.

One part in the book that really made me sick was when Sam talked about the dogs. Those who've read Shiver know exactly what I'm talking about. It just made me sad, irked me, and skeeved me as well.

Well, it's time to grab the monies and hit the bookstore to get Linger to revamp my Sam addiction (; 

First Line: I remember lying in the snow, a small red spot of warm going cold, surrounded by wolves.

Story: S

Cover: S

Monday, September 5, 2011

Labor Day Read-A-Thon update #2

So much weight on my shoulders and yet I was still able to read some today. I finished A Confederacy of Dunces (though it wasn't on the list I had to read it for school and did in these few short days) and I'm 67% done with The Mephisto Covenant so I feel pretty good. Now I really need to crack down on my work since it's due on Wednesday and I have a pooload of a pile laughing at my face.
Be back later.
Have to kick its all all the way to the ground.

Review: Looking for Alaska by John Green

Looking for Alaska by John Green 
Release Date: March 3, 2005
Publisher: Puffin
A Young Adult novel
Pages: 221
Genre: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Romance

Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps. 
Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another. A stunning debut, it marks John Green's arrival as an important new voice in contemporary fiction.
This was my first John Green novel and it happens to be my favorite of his and my favorite of all time. John Green is the man of humor, John Green is the man who uses words to bring tears to my eyes, John Green is truly a wonderful and inspiring author.

Looking For Alaska introduces Miles Halter looking to begin a new, interesting life where be begins to attend boarding school where his father once went. There he meets The Colonel and the beautiful Alaska who take his world by storm and show him the time of his life.

Truly, John is the master of character development because every character that was in this book was an actual person. They talked, they walked, they had humor, they had faults, they were kids living the dream! They were doing what I couldn't do in my reality, they were doing what I wish I could be doing and John Green utilizes that and builds his characters into the idol teenagers.

This book was so engrossing. Literally I read it in one sitting. And once I came to the end my eyes were in tears and i could barely read the page anymore. I couldn't cry though because I was in the car with my parents and having them question me would be horrible! Looking For Alaska made me laugh, made me cry, made me think, made me second-guess, and it made me realize that I'm but a human and that's the truth. And surly you will feel and realize these things when you read it too. 

First Line: The weekend before I left my family and Florida and the rest of my minor life to go to boarding school in Alabama, my mother insisted on throwing me a going-away party.

Five targets slayed for the Great Perhaps