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The Embittered Ruby by Nicole O'Dell

Carmen Castillo has just moved to Hackensack, New Jersey where danger lurks everywhere - on the streets and in her school. But the school will be soon taken care of Diego a gangbanger who's killed. He offers her his services to protect her from Marco another gangbanger who "wants' her"

She has a boyfriend back from New York. A wealthy boyfriend like she used to be but then her dad divorced her mom and is dating a 20 something cheerleader while she now lives in a tiny apartment with her mother and her three sisters. And now she has to even share a room with a bunk bed! with her bratty little sister.

So what does she do? She gets pregnant on purpose and doesn't tell her boyfriend. His mother isn't too keen on her son throwing her life away for a Mexican... I hated that. What make you think Hispanics are beneath you? Many work harder than you and are smarter than you so *hair flip* get over yourself.

So this a series of the Diamond Estates which is a place to r…

There's A Boy in the Girl's Bathroom by Louis Sachar

Ah. Nostalgia. I always thought I read this book in 5th grade but according to me (writing in the book) it was 4th grade. In that case Ms.Drummond (or was it Mrs? I know she changed it later)  did a bang up job giving this book and Tales of A Fourth Grade Nothing for the class to read. Now I'm kind of biased on this book so I rated it higher then I'm sure everyone else would. But I loved this book so yeah...
Bradley Chalkers is a bully. He hates everyone and everyone hates him. It's as simple as that. He had to take 4th grade twice. His friends consist of  some animal (figurines?). The red rabbit being his favorite. He NEVER does his homework and NEVER gets any gold stars. He's pretty sure that his teacher hates him too. Everyone doesn't want him around because with Bradley comes trouble. Then two new people show up to his school. A boy named Jeff who he threatens to spit on but then later on in the day basically buys him off to become friends. He's his BEST FRI…

Gym Candy by Carl Deuker

This is NOT A GIRLY BOOK. Just wanted to put that out there because the title can sound misleading to others. I mean Gym Candy? Very misleading...

Mick Johnson was made for football. His father was once a football star even going all the way to the NFL but he didn't last... His father even set him back a grade so he would be a year older than everyone else. He has an advantage with his age and his who his father is because since he was small he was taught the game and he never gave him an inch. His mother doesn't really understand how much football means to him but that's alright. As long as he has football he'll be okay. And then he's starting as a freshman Running Back with his friend Drew by his side as Quarterback. They've known each other for a long time and their friendship will be rocked by how Mick starts to act. Standoffish, too busy, and unnecessarily angry. The problem is that Mick isn't good enough. If he was only stronger he could have won a g…

The Rules of Inheritance by Claire Bidwell Smith

Released: February 2nd 2012
I take out my camera and set it up to capture the profundity of the moment. In the grainy black-and-white, I am leaning back against the wall, one knee pulled to my chest, a cigarette between my fingers. My head is turned to one side and my hair is short around my ears and my tattoo showing. I'll come across this photo for years to come and it will never cease to give me pause, instantly transporting me to the first time I realized that no one was ever going to save me.
Words like gripping, heartbreaking, and any other emotional terms can only begin to describe this memoir. Words that mean this book is going to make you feel, care, and cry your eyes out. I knew I put myself in it when I wanted to get this book so many months ago. This is the book I've been eyeing on NetGalley. When I first discovered NetGalley I saw this book and wanted it bad. When I finally got a NetGalley account months later I was worried that since the book was already released…

Are You Alone on Purpose? by Nancy Werlin

This was on one of my Library Saturday's list. It has a different cover. I grew to like the library cover. The other one doesn't have Harry who is also a main character. So this one suits it better even if it isn't the greatest cover ever.

Harry and Alison are NOT friends. Harry is consistently bullying Alison because she is such an easy target. She's a nerd who has only one friend and all she does is read books. She also has an autistic twin brother named Adam. Harry likes to play sports and has had to repeat the eighth grade book over again. He's the son of a Rabbi who doesn't know what to say to him. That's alright with him. His father isn't the person he wants to talk to anyway. His mother died years before and since then they have been on edge with each other. It's mostly Harry because well his father frankly doesn't have the guts to say anything to him.

One day a letter arrives and her mother drags her with her to see the Rabbi (Harry'…

Ivy + Bean by Annie Barrows Illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Bean is the type of girl who can never sit in one place for too long which means she is bored easily. When her mom suggests she talks to the new kid that just moved in their neighborhood. She seems like such a nice girl. Bean knows that's code name for Boring! All she does is sit on her porch and reads. She's always alone and doesn't seem to mind while Bean on the other hand is friends with everyone... Big kids, little kids, whoever...

Then one day she wants to scare her sister into submission. She wants her to stop being bossy. She's helping her really. But then it doesn't go quite as planned and incredibly Ivy helps her out. Ivy actually turns out to be just the person she needs.

This was a sweet friend book. It was better than I expected. Ivy ended up being pretty cool. I liked her anyway even is she only liked books... well you know why but she actually was even more interesting than that. Sophie Blackall who did the illustrations did a good job. I've liked…

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes Illustrated by Louis Slobodkin

Being a children's classic this book has been loved by generations for more than sixty years. I never really had much interest to read it but I said I would for a challenge on Goodreads. Completely not what I expected. I thought it would have been more of a fantasy genre or like a Dr.Seuss book. I don't know why. I was just going by the cover.

The illustration is famous on its own. I've always seen it and it's like a symbol for children's classics or children's books themselves.

Now Eleanor Estes I have known for awhile. I have read and loved Ginger Pye (Pinky Pye wasn't as great). I know she has written more on The Moffats. Basically she's a classic storyteller and she also created this actual classic. Before you read the book her daughter writes a not about why her mother wrote this story. It was actually a true story. I don't know how much is fiction but it was based on a true story. There was this girl in her class who day in and day out wore a …

Finally Watching The Hunger Games Movie

I don't know how long the anticipation has been there for this movie. Months of waiting. First it was just for the people to be cast then it was just the actual movie to hurry up and come out! Al the interviews, sneak previews were torture. But finally, FINALLY! I watched it. I didn't see it at the midnight premiere like I wanted but no matter. She here's what I thought:
I know that I was over analyzing the movie. It was just happening to fast for me which I still think it's true when looking back. There wasn't enough time to actually get to know the characters or I mean just... it was just everything was fast motion. I also actually never see the characters I read as real people. They're like drawings of the characters not real people so it was really weird to just have them there. By the end though and when my dad was asking questions I knew I had seen a fantastic movie no matter if it was weird for me. It wasn't as great as the book but it was like a se…

Librarians Can Be A Piece of Work

My day started off getting up at six to go volunteer selling some things with a club I have in school which will go back to the school because we are awesome. Then I go to the library. I'll try not to curse so here it goes.... I ask this lady if they had Tom Sawyer. I checked but they may have it somewhere else. So she proceeds to take like five minutes to find the book and she comes empty handed. It's supposed to be there but it isn't. That's fine. She continues to look dumb founded at the computer. And proceeds to waste my time. She has done this before trying to help me but by the look on my face then and now I don't really want to talk anymore/ it's fine I'll check back later. I don't say anything because I'm just like that.

Then since I left my ID I can't check out my book which I'm disappointed but I can do the self check out. But the WA she says it pisses me off. I'm trying to ask her if she can look for a book for me that I had o…

Every Man for Himself: Ten Short Stories About Being A Guy

I know you may be wondering why I would be reading a book about guys. A book with urinals in the front cover. Well one day I left all my books at home on a school day and I knew last block would be torture without one so I sent my friend's off on a quest to find me a short book to read and after a few attempts this one was a winner. I really have no problem reading about guys even fictional so I was like what the hey! I'll go for it. And I was pleasantly surprised with how great these short stories were. They are written by ten male authors that you may or might know. I happen to know about Walter Dean Myers (I have never read a book by him myself. I attempted but failed.) Mo Willems who wrote the Knuffle Bunny and the Pigeon Series (Also haven't read but they are also pretty famous), and Terry Truman who wrote Stuck in Neutral (Again...etc.).

I really liked I think all of the stories. Some more than others and this was actually good because i found some new authors and ma…

Jump by Elisa Carbone

P.K. isn't doing so well at school and her parents have had enough so there shipping her off to boarding school miles and miles away. But P.K. is going to have the last word. Before they send her off she's going to run away. Not for long. Just long enough for her parents to change their minds. They just don't get her like her friends parents. I mean she showed them a book of teenage rebellion and she was allowed to study for classes at home. Not P.K.'s parents. So she wants to go on an adventure but no one wants to go with her until this boy walks in and he volunteers rights away. She doesn't know anything about him and that's fine by her... for now.

That boy I was talking about? Well his name is Critter and he's just got out of a psych ward. He has these really weird ideas about life. He sees the light of people so he can tell what their moods are.  He has different philosophies about life and his parents just think he is insane. He had to get out of ther…

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Well now I've watched the movie and read the book. I do like the movie better. It's not a big difference in the greatness of it like Stardust was. Wybie wasn't there and there was just more.... but I also thought that Gaiman is a genius for coming up with Coraline and basically everything he had in the book came out in the movie so I won't say that the book wasn't great which it was.
So the story goes like this... Coraline just moved into a new home. Her parents are always busy never having time for her. She explores a lot. In both the book and the movie she meets a black cat that becomes sort of like her sidekick but don't let it catch you saying that. Let's say he's more like her guide. He helps her out a couple of times throughout the book and has the sterotypical I'm better than you cat persona. But it's just right when coming through the cat.
In the movie she meets Wybie this awkward cute kid that warns her about the house. She receives a …

The Traveling Restaurant: Jasper's Voyage in Three Parts by Barbara Else

Jasper is just an ordinary boy who lives in a place where the monarch is oh so adorable! Or that's what everyone says in fear so they don't get taken away. He doesn't understand how people do that. He also doesn't understand why his mother keeps on telling everyone that he is ten instead of twelve. And then he sees Lady Gall put something in his little sister's mouth and everything goes haywire after that. He's left alone and ends up going on a ship with a restaurant that has an odd set of people that he soon finds out are not only odd but important. They're against Lady Gall taking the crown but I don't even they would have expected this much trouble from an ordinary boy like Jasper. Stealing orphans, bribing pirates, and you the reader discovering that this isn't just an ordinary boy after all.

Well this one took me awhile so you know it wasn't as captivating as it could be BUT that doesn't mean it was bad. It actually was pretty good. An…

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

First of all this is a Horror book so you might want to be wary of it. It is not spooky it's Horror. I had to stop midway through because stupid me started it as soon as I woke up. It can kick you down in the middle of the morning. I needed to get out of my head for a little while because it's not bad it's just something you shouldn't immediately wake up to. After coming back to it I was fine. The rest of the book I was fine too. It just got into my head a little bit too much. So with that rambling portion done let's get on to the book shall we?

So this town is crazy because I would have moved out way before I had a kid. Because they steal your kid. And replace it with one of their sick... creatures. And Mackie is one of those creatures. His family knows it but it's something they don't talk about. His "sister" is pretty devoted to him even though there is that underlying problem where he isn't really her brother. It's actually kind of od…

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

American Born Chinese chronicles the fictional lives of a Chinese-American boy who always feels misunderstood, a Monkey King who wants to prove the "Higher ups" that he is more than just a monkey, and a teenage jock that just wants his overly stereotypical cousin to just leave him alone! Their lives intertwine and eventually meet showing the boy, monkey, and teenager as well as the reader that you should never deny your true self.

I've seen this book around for while but I never gave it much thought. I want to scold my past self because of that. This gives you (well it gave me) a huh feeling when you finished because it came out so well in the end. It is one of those lessony books but those are pretty fundamental if you think about it and it's not overly laid out to you so it's like you are discovering it as the characters are.


The Monkey King is all hot headed well... proud. I would be angry too if I were him because everyone made fun of him even though he was …

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Before I get on with the review I would like to say a couple of things. This is my first book club read that takes place at my house but it's not formed by me which I really don't understand why because I read more books than anyone in my family but there that is. I don't know if it's going to last long even though it has been going great but family is fickle like that. I didn't read one time... and everyone is going crazy. It was really stupid. But really it's not a big deal. I finished it that day like twenty minutes late. So whatever. I'm surprised my mom agreed to this because I only sometimes get to buy books so I'm pretty happy. But no one likes my books though so yeah...

This was some creepy book. I still don't know what the problem with the two clowns is. What in the hell is that!? And last thing before I go into my review... I'm glad this was the first read. It was a really good book.

Jacob was told stories when he was little by his gra…

The Clock Keeper

I also recently watched Hugo based on the book: The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. I did end up reading the book so I'll talk about them both. First of all the book... I had no idea what the book was about. Like absolutely none but I knew I wanted it because of the title. I originally thought it was about traveling by balloon around the world or something like that based upon the cover. Now you know I never looked very close to what the cover looked like.

I found out it was about a boy named Hugo Cabret he was alone and wanted so badly to fix this machine, the automaton, his father was working on. The reason is pretty heartfelt so I won't ruin it. He lives inside the walls of a train station taking care of the clocks like his uncle told him to. Problem is he hasn't seen his Uncle for months. I think he keeps doing it because he doesn't know what else to do. He steals parts of mechanical toys from a Toy store run by an old man. He is caught one day and this…

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

Last time Nora Grey met Patch, a fallen angel, and she fell for him (cheesy I know) and even after discovering that he wanted to kill her so he can turn human (I don't understand that) she forgave him and now they've been with each other for two months. The greatest two months she has ever had. But Patch is being secretive and of course, you knew it was going to happen, broke up. What they broke up over I can't really wrap my head around. It's supposed to be because of her archenemy Marcie but I really just hated the way she acted. She was so whiny and accusing for no reason. Later on she should have not felt anything or done anything. Yeah he was with Marcie. What's it to you? You broke up with him!!! So there is my rant. I won't go into it anymore because it seriously ruined most of the book.

 I kept reading because I had to know what happened. The end got interesting and made the book worth reading. She's had images of her father's death and she fin…

Speaking for the Trees

So the other day I went to the movies with my mom to watch The Lorax. I know aren't I a bit too old for a Dr.Seuss movie? Well I beg to differ first of all I will always act like a kid and second of all this movie was an amazing watch that speaks a universal truth. We need to save the trees because we can't live without them. Literally. I haven't read the book myself but now I plan on it so this is all about the movie. Dr. Seuss would be proud of this movie. I know he would be.


So it all starts with ted well kind of.. but whatever. I'll get to that later. Ted  likes Audrey and Audrey likes trees. There are no trees in Sneedville because everything is plastic and they like it like that. There is the evil businessmen that sells air because the regular air is polluted and there are no Truffula trees. They're replaced by plastic trees. There are two musical (what did you expect?) scenes that makes fun of this. So Ted wants to get her a tree so with the help of his gra…

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Evie has lived all of her life lost. Half of it spent in the foster system after being found wondering around naked as a toddler. The other half as a sort of secret weapon for the IPCA (International Paranormal Containment Agency). Her best friend is a mermaid who whenever curses is translated into Bleep! A sort of adopted mother by her named Raquel who is a workaholic and expert sigher. And finally the biggest problem of all: a former ex named Reth who wants to steal her soul. She is one of a kind. She is the reason the paranormal agency went international. She can see through glamours. She can see the corpse underneath Vampires, the yellow eyes of werewolves, and then there is Lend who know no really knows what he is just that he can shape into anyone he wants and his true form is like water. When he comes around she starts wonder if the bagging and tagging of paranormals is right. And if the IPCA is her home or a prison.

WOW. THIS BOOK IS UNBELIEVABLY AMAZING! First two pages and …

Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally) by Lisa Yee Illustrated by Dan Santat

Bobby Ellis-Chan doesn't know what happened. His almost best friend Holly isn't speaking to him anymore. She just glares at him behind Jillian Zarr's cold stare. Jillian hates boys. Bobby used to think Holly was like him with her wild hair, her love of all things muddy, froggy, and well... boy. After not seeing each other for around a month she has changed. Her once nest style hair is now sleek and shiny and she's even wearing a dress! Then they stopped talking after a few... mishaps. With an election coming they are pitted against each other. Will they ever be able to put what happened behind them and become true friends?

Of course I was right to read a book illustrated by Santat. Loved his illustrations. Bobby and Holly's relationship isn't one I understood at first. Why didn't they hang out with each other in school? I don't remember elementary being like that for me. But I do remember if you did hang out with a guy a lot everyone would say that you…

Library Saturday #6

Okay so I guess I went a little alien crazy or sci-fi whatever. I've never read a book about aliens so it's kind of weird for me to get two. Everybody loves Across the Universe so you know what I am conceding. I'll read it already! Stuck on Earth is by the author of You Don't Know Me (I need to read it again....) which is one of my favorite books. Vampire Academy I've been waiting forever for. I was kind of hesitant of it but I conceded again. All those people can't be wrong right? I just got The Sky Inside for it's cover I think. I think I read a sentence of the cover and was like want it and then ordered it right away. Bobby vs. Girls is by Santat who I've always loved his illustrations so I decided I should read a book of his already.

On a side note.... a got my graduation dress!!!! It's perfect. I found another one that was fantastic. It wasn't what I wanted but it was still beautiful. It's this white crochety thing with pretty not ruff…