Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Teaser Tuesday

I've been seeing Teaser Tuesday around the blogosphere and thought I'd give it a whirl. So here's my teaser for the week. :)
 
Teaser Tuesday
Author: Suzanne Collins
Title: The Hunger Games

(1) Peeta blushes beet red and stammers out. "Because ...because ...she came with me." (page 138) 
(2)"I thought Cinna was brilliant and it was the most gorgeous costume I'd ever seen and I couldn't believe I was wearing it. I can't believe I'm wearing this, either." I lift up my skirt to spread it out. 'I mean look at it!" (page 128)

If you want to play just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Dame Orchid

Sunday, June 28, 2009

In My Mailbox (5)

In My Mailbox was started by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie. Sadly the only books I order are those that are hard to find. The following books are from the library and bookstores.
Author: Melissa De La Cruz
Title: Revelations
Series: Blue Bloods (book 3)
Publication Date: 2008
Synopsis: "Have you ever wondered what secrets lurk behind the closed doors of New York City's wealthiest families? They're powerful, they're famous... they're undead.

Schuyler Van Alen's blood legacy has just been called into question--is the young vampire in fact a Blue Blood, or is it the sinister Silver Blood that runs through her veins? As controversy swirls, Schuyler is left stranded in the Force household, trapped under the same roof as her cunning nemesis, Mimi Force, and her forbidden crush, Jack Force. When one of the Gates of Hell is breached by Silver Bloods in Rio de Janeiro, however, the Blue Bloods will need Schuyler on their side. The stakes are high; the battle is bloody; and through it all, Carnavale rages on. And in the end, one vampire's secret identity will be exposed in a revelation that shocks everyone."

I am really excited about finally getting Revelations and can't wait to sit down and read it. Of course it will have to wait till I start and finish reading Necropolis by Anthony Horowitz and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, both of which I will be borrowing from Dahlia.
 
Will I do believe that is all for me this week in new books.
 
Dame Orchid

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Great Expectations

Author: Charles Dickens
Title: Great Expectations
Number of Pages: 490
Publication Date: 1861
Genre: Novel
Synopsis: "Considered by many to be Charles Dickens's finest novel, Great Expectations traces the growth of the book's narrator, the orphan Philip Pirrip (Pip), from a boy of shallow dreams to a man with depth of character.

Young Phillip Pirrip's life is shaped by an act of kindness which raises him from poverty to wealth. One of the greatest works of classic literature, this novel is a timeless tale of love, hope and humanity."

In a effort to finally stop putting off reading Great Expectations I took it with me on a road trip, and finished all but the last 80 pages before I got back home.
 I must say that once I finally sat down and really got into the book, it was really captivating. 'though I wanted to shake Pip a few times throughout the book at points
  My biggest problem with the book was how Pip acted towards Joe after he came into some money, I thought it was just down right rude and made him seem like an ungrateful little monster who spends all his time mooning over a girl and wasting the money that he’s given. And his foolish dream to become a “gentleman” so that he can impress Estella. Who in my opinion isn’t worth it, because she’s cold and callus. And let's not forget the vengeful Miss Havershim, who after getting her heart broken just sat around her house in her wedding gown and one show slowly poisoning Estella's view on men.
Other than feeling bad for Joe with the way that Pip treated him I also felt bad for his benefactor.
Still a pretty good book with great descriptions of characters and everything.

3 out of 5 pineappples.
Dame Orchid

Friday, June 26, 2009

Dead is the New Black

Title: Dead is the New Black
Series: Dead Is (book 1)
Number of Pages: 208
Publication Date: 2008
Genre: Supernatural
Synopsis: "Fans who mourn the loss of TV's Veronica Mars are in for a treat as Perez (Unexpected Development) delivers a wise-cracking, boy-lusting, determined sleuth of a high school protagonist named Daisy Giordano. Daisy comes from a crime-solving family of female psychics-Mom gets premonitions, sister Rose can listen in on people's thoughts and sister Poppy has the gift of telekinesis. To Daisy's chagrin, she's the only "normal" in the family-a nonpsychic. She doesn't let this unfortunate genetic deficiency stop her from investigating the mysterious deaths of high school girls around Nightshade, Daisy's wacky hometown, especially when sleuthing gets her face time with Ryan Mendez, Daisy's hottie crush and son of the town police chief. With a suspect cheerleading coach and an even more suspect cheerleading captain-beautiful Samantha "the Divine" Devereaux, who shows up for school pale and dragging a coffin everywhere-this quick, lighter-than-air spoof of the undead, cheerleaders and popularity is pure pleasure."

I borrowed Dead is the New Black from my friend Dahlia (thanks Dahlia) and it was great. It had an awesome cast of characters and an interesting story. I loved the Giordano sisters, they were hilarious and had a great sister camaraderie thing going on. Although the one thing I would have changed was the way that Daisy was constantly thinking that her boyfriend was cheating on her, it got a bit old after, like, the third time.
I think my favorite characters were Daisy because she was funny, Ryan ‘cause he seemed cool, and Poppy simply because she had a quirky sense of humor.
This is one book I would definitely re-read or by so that I could have my own copy.

Dead is the New Black is definitely a most read for any book person, which is why it is getting 5 out of 5 pineapples.





Dame Orchid

Coffins

Author: Rodman Philbrick
Title: Coffins
Number of Pages: 318
First Publication: 2002
Genre: Fiction
Synopsis: "THE FROZEN BABY

Physician Davis Bentwood, making a lengthy housecall at the Coffin family mansion on the coast of Maine, finds the newborn grandson of Captain Cash Coffin, stiff and cold as a block of ice, in a cradle not ten feet from a roaring fire. Young Davis can find no medical explanation for the baby's death.
After a mysterious accident at the family shipyard caused the simultaneous death of his twin sons, Cash Coffin locked himself in study, and threatened to shoot anyone who approached. Cash's youngest son, the dwarf Jebediah, has asked his old friend Davis to try to help the old man.
Another Coffin son, an experienced ship's master, dies at sea in a freak accident that defies a natural explanation. And on a moonless night, Davis Bentwood is awakened by an eerie light that leads him to the Coffin family's darkest secret.
Cash Coffin traded in slaves.
Davis Bentwood's blood-chilling discovery holds the key to the family's destruction. Can the ancient evil being visited upon the Coffins be stopped?"

Coffins was extremely dry! It took forever to pick up and to actually get to why the Coffin's were cursed.
Although once the book got into the heart of the families problem it was pretty good, it just took awhile to get to that point.
Sadly I didn't find any of the characters to be very memorable (it's been a bit since I've read this book)
 If you don't like gory details of brutal deaths I would recommend passing up on this book, but if that kind of thing doesn't bother you feel free to read it for yourself.

1 out of 5 pineapples.
Dame Orchid

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Greygallows

Author: Barbara Michaels
Title: Greygallows
Number of Pages: 352
Publication date: 1972
Genre: Mystery/Horror
Synopsis: "Lucy Cartwright placed her life and future into the hands of the dashing Baron Clare, despite the rumors of his dark, unsavory past. Trusting his kind words and gentle manner, she agreed to be his wife and followed the enigmatic lord to Greygallows, his sprawling country estate. But mystery, deception, betrayal, and danger surround the magnificent manor—a ghostly secret charges the atmosphere and terror reigns in its shadowed hallways. Lucy entered Greygallows willingly . . . and now she may never leave."

Greygallows is only the fourth Barbara Michaels book that I have read and I'm finding her to be one of my all time favorite authors. Her stories are just amazing and her writing is captivating. In my opinion she's right up there with Agatha Christie (my favorite author in case ya'll might have forgotten).

The setting for the book is the late 1800's (I'm so glad I didn't live back then) where a woman was nothing more than a piece of property and her money and land would belong to her husband *gag*, but the main character (Lucy) finally found true happiness in the end after suffering being married to a two timing money burning pig. Who was nice to her only because he thought she was going to die and that he would shortly inherit all of her money.
I think that Barbara Michael’s captured the feeling of the time period perfectly and I would recommend her books to anyone who loves a thrilling, yet thought provoking read.

Greygallows receives 5 out of 5 pineapples.
 
 
 
 
 
Dame Orchid

Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Seer and the Sword

Author: Victoria Hanley
Title: The Seer and the Sword
Series: The Seer and the Sword series (book 1)
Number of pages: 341
Publication Date: 2000
Genre: Fantasy Novel
Synopsis: "Legend states that there exists a mighty sword that makes its possessor invincible to his enemies. But there is a curse on anyone who lifts the sword for conquest. King Kareed of Archeld goes after this sword anyway, winning it from the King of Bellandra. When he returns home from battle, he brings his daughter, Princess Torina, two special gifts. One is a unique crystal, in which she can view visions of the future. The other gift is the defeated king’s son Landen, who is to be her slave. Torina immediately releases Landen, who becomes a member of the King’s army and her close friend. But trouble is lurking in the kingdom of Archeld and people are accusing Landen of plotting against the King. Torina refuses to believe he would hurt her family. Then Torina begins seeing deadly visions in her crystal. Can she save her father’s life and the future of her kingdom?"

I loved the Seer and the Sword, which just happens to have, like, the perfect balance of treachery, action, mixed with a little bit of a romantic interest to keep any reader turning the pages till the very end. Number of times I've read this book, at least eight times since I bought it. Number of times it disappoints, zero. From the very beginning you find that Torrina (what an odd name) is compassionate and free spirited (she’s also a bit spoiled and headstrong, but what princess isn’t) when she sets free Landen (her father conquered his kingdom and killed his father the king) whom her father had given to her as a slave.
As an unlikely friendship slowly develops between the two of them a conspiracy for control over the kingdom of Archeld is beginning to come to a head, as the vile Vesputo sets his evil scheme to take over the kingdom into motion and the lives of Torrina and Landen and everyone else are changed (yet again) forever.
I would definitely rank this as one of my favorite books to re-read.

The Seer and the Sword has received 5 out of 5 pineapples.

Dame Orchid

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Tiny Blog: Shelfari

Sometime last week I started an account on Shelfari, and let me tell you my bookshelf is kind of scary. Especially my wish list, there's, like, over 300 books on it, which is a mix of books I have read and loved and new books that I would really, really like to own.


If you want to check out my shelf, it can be found here.
 
Dame Orchid

Thursday, June 18, 2009

They Thirst

Author: Robert McCammon
Title: They Thirst
Number of Pages: 531
Publication Date: 1981
Genre: Horror
Synopsis: "Prince Vulkan, master of the vampires, has loosed his army of the undead on Los Angeles in this seamlessly written horror novel by the author of Mine. Vulkan's plan is to replace humankind, city by city, with the living dead. Four people stand in his way. Homicide detective Andy Palatazin, a Hungarian immigrant who fled this scourge as a child, is determined to stop it now. Young Tommy Chandler, whose parents were killed before his eyes, wants revenge. TV star Wes Richer hopes to save his beloved by tracking Vulkan to his lair. Father Silvera, a dying priest, believes that God has chosen him to destroy the vampire prince. Wreaking death and carnage, Vulkan proceeds to a final confrontation between the forces of good and evil. McCammon delivers terror with skillful ferocity as he pays tribute to masters of the genre and raises the standards for the craft a notch or two."


They Thirst was absolutely horrible. It wasn't scary, at all. The worst part was that it was so predictable (from what the characters would do, to who the baddies were) and it was poorly written.

I will say that the beginning of the book showed a bit of promise (in the way that it wasn’t like every other vamp book), but the rest of it was just a big let down. The characters weren’t likeable at all (they were shallow and vain and just plain irritating), and it took forever to pick up any kind of speed.
It was so bad that I nearly gave up on ever finishing it, and I rarely fail to finish a book I start.
This is one book that I don’t ever plan on reading again.

0 out of 5 pineapples.

Dame Orchid

Sunday, June 14, 2009

In My Mailbox (4)

In My Mailbox was started by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie. Sadly the only books I order are those that are hard to find. The following books are from the library and bookstores.


Author: Alex Archer
Title: Sacrifice
Publication Date: 2009
Synopsis: "Bearers of the sword

On assignment in the Philippines, archaeologist Annja Creed meets with a contact to verify some information. Easy enough. But when the man doesn't turn out to be whom he said he was, Annja finds herself handcuffed, blindfolded and kidnapped. And to make matters worse, she's a prisoner of the dreaded Abu Sayyaf, a notorious terrorist group.
Desperate to escape, Annja is able to flee after slaying one of her captors. But she soon gets lost in the hostile jungle, which is rumored to be haunted by the spirits of Moro warriors who fought off conquistadors with their blades. As she tries to stay a step ahead of the terrorists and not-so-dead spirits with a taste for human flesh, Annja's not sure she'll leave the jungle alive…."
Sadly I can't read this one yet since I'm missing the one that comes before it.

Library:
Author: John Green
Title: An Abundance of Katherines
Publication Date: 2006
Synopsis: "When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton's type is girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact.

On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun — but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl.
Love, friendship, and a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to surprising and heart-changing conclusions in this ingeniously layered comic novel about reinventing oneself by Printz medalist John Green, acclaimed author of Looking for Alaska."
I just finished this one a couple of hours ago, and it was really good.


Well that's it for me (and the sad amount of books I got) this week.

Dame Orchid

Saturday, June 13, 2009

White Tyger

Author: Paul Park
Title: The White Tyger
Series: A Princess of Roumania (book 3) 
Number of Pages: 336
First Publication:  2007
Genre: Fantasy Fiction
Synopsis: "This is a truly magical tale, full of strangeness, terrors and wonders. Many girls daydream that they are really a princess adopted by commoners. In the case of teenager Miranda Popescu, this is literally true. Because she is at the fulcrum of a deadly political battle between conjurers in an alternate world where "Roumania" is a leading European power, Miranda was hidden by her aunt in our world, where she was adopted and raised in a quiet Massachusetts college town.



The narrative is split between our world and the people in Roumania working to protect or to capture Miranda: her Aunt Aegypta Schenck versus the mad Baroness Ceaucescu in Bucharest, and the sinister alchemist, the Elector of Ratisbon, who holds her true mother prisoner in Germany. This is the story of how Miranda -- with her two best friends, Peter and Andromeda -- is brought back to her home reality. Each of them is changed in the process and all will have much to learn about their true identities and the strange world they find themselves in.
This story is a triumph of contemporary fantasy."

The White Tyger is the third book in the A Princess of Roumaina series and let me tell you this is one awesome book. Although you better be prepared to devote all of your attention to reading it, unless you wish to miss a very crucial point and spend the rest of the book wondering what on earth is going on.

  Too me this book is a sci-fi, fantasy, parallel universe, political drama, magic using, ball of confusion all rolled up in to one great book.
I think what I like about this series the most is how so many aspects of the story are seamlessly woven together to make a confusing yet highly enjoyable read. From Miranda first finding out that everything she knows might just be a lie, like, her family, her life, and the lives of her friends.
Since this is the third book in the series, and I’m trying not to give anything away that might spoil it for anyone else I’m just going to end this review here.

The White Tyger has earned from me 4 out of 5 pineapples.






Dame Orchid

Monday, June 8, 2009

In My Mailbox (3)

In My Mailbox was started by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie. Sadly the only books I order are those that are hard to find. The following books are from the library and bookstores.


Bought:
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Title: So Yesterday
Publication Date: 2004
Synopsis: "We are all around you. You don’t think about us much, because we are invisible. Well, not exactly invisible. A lot of us have hair dyed in four colors, or wear five-inch platform sneakers, or carry enough metal in our skin that it’s a hassle getting on an airplane. Quite visible, actually, come to think of it.
But we don’t wear signs saying what we are. After all, if you knew what we were up to, we couldn’t work our magic. We have to observe carefully, and push and prompt you in ways you don’t notice. Like good teachers, we let you think you’ve discovered the truth on your own.
And you need us. Someone has to guide you, to mold you, to make sure that today turns into yesterday on schedule. Because frankly, without us to monitor the situation, who knows what would get crammed down your throats?
It’s not like you can just start making your own decisions, after all.


Ever wonder who was the first kid to keep a wallet on a big chunky chain, or wear way-too-big-pants on purpose? What about the mythical first guy who wore his baseball cap backwards? These are the Innovators, the people at the peak of the cool pyramid.
Seventeen-year-old Hunter Braque is a Trend setter, on the second level of the pyramid. His job: find the newest, coolest thing for the retail market. His MO: observe, don’t get involved. But from the moment he meets Innovator Jen James, he can’t help getting involved in a big way.
Part love story, part mystery, part stinging satire, Scott Westerfeld’s spellbinding new novel will make you question everything you’ve ever believed about how to be cool."

So yesterday is the only book that I got this week, but I totally can't wait to read it.

Dame Orchid

Sunday, June 7, 2009

How to Ditch Your Fairy

Author: Justine Larbalestier
Number of Pages: 320
First Publication: 2008
Genre: Teen Fiction/Fantasy
Synopsis: "Welcome to New Avalon, where everyone has a personal fairy. Though invisible to the naked eye, a personal fairy, like a specialized good luck charm, is vital to success. And in the case of the students at New Avalon Sports High, it might just determine whether you make the team, pass a class, or find that perfect outfit. But for 14-year-old Charlie, having a Parking Fairy is worse than having nothing at all—especially when the school bully carts her around like his own personal parking pass. Enter: The Plan. At first, teaming up with arch-enemy Fiorenza (who has an All-The-Boys-Like-You Fairy) seems like a great idea. But when Charlie unexpectedly gets her heart’s desire, it isn’t at all what she thought it would be like, and she’ll have resort to extraordinary measures to ditch her fairy. The question is: will Charlie herself survive the fairy ditching experiment?"

I absolutely loved How to Ditch Your Fairy. It was so good that I plan on buying my own copy of it eventually (maybe after I finish off another series that I am currently following).

I found this book to be quite witty and just generally astral *hehehe*. I think one of my favorite things about the book would have to have been the slang, it just added a little something to the awesomeness of the whole book. Oddly enough How to Ditch Your Fairy was not the first place that I have heard the use of the word pulchritudinous (beautiful, good-looking, and attractive) I have seen it used in a different book, but for the moment I can't recall which one.
Another great part about the book is all the ways that Charlie tries to get rid of fairy; from avoiding vehicles at all costs to teaming up with and trading fairies with her enemy.
In a way Fiorenza reminds me of both Lana (from the Princess Diaries) and Aphrodite (from the House of Night series) in the fact that their not as bad as they seem when you first meet them.
How to Ditch Your Fairy is definitely a most read for everyone.

I loved this book so much that I am giving it 5 out of 5 pineapples.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dame Orchid

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Betrayed

Author(s): P.C. Cast & Kristen Cast
Title: Betrayed
Series: The House of Night, book 2
Number of Pages: 307
Publication Date: 2008
Genre: YA/Horror
Synopsis: "Fledgling vampyre Zoey Redbird has managed to settle in at the House of Night. She’s come to terms with the vast powers the vampyre goddess, Nyx, has given her, and is getting a handle on being the new Leader of the Dark Daughters. Best of all, Zoey finally feels like she belongs--like she really fits in. She actually has a boyfriend…or two. Then the unthinkable happens: Human teenagers are being killed, and all the evidence points to the House of Night. While danger stalks the humans from Zoey’s old life, she begins to realize that the very powers that make her so unique might also threaten those she loves. Then, when she needs her new friends the most, death strikes the House of Night, and Zoey must find the courage to face a betrayal that could break her heart, her soul, and jeopardize the very fabric of her world."

I guess I should start off by saying that I really enjoyed reading the second book in the House of Night series, but there are a few things that just irritate me about this series (like all the power she already has). But nothing to annoying to prevent me from catching up and finishing the rest of the series. My biggest complaint would have to be that it’s very predictable, but I don’t blame that on the authors when most books are genuinely easily to figure out when I read them.

Although I think it was cool that they didn’t shy away from killing off a pretty main character, it was still totally sad when Stevie Rae died. Being as she was, like, my favorite character in the whole series (so far).

I'm not exactly thrilled with the way Zoey is acting concerning her multiple boy issues. Especially since she seems unable to decide who it is she likes, plus I totally don't trust Loren. He just gives me some very bad vibes and it's not just that he's a teacher. Something just seems a bit off about him. I also think she should stop stringing Heath along it's neither nice nor fair to him.
I forgot to mention in my review of Marked how much I loved the twins with their finishing each others sentences, creepy, yet pretty awesome.
  I can honestly say that I wasn’t taken in by Neferet’s act of being a sweet and caring individual.
I think my favorite scene in the book was when Zoey and Neferet were whispering threats to each other while pretending to hug each other.
I do like the description of Zoey's tattoos which makes them sound really cool, specially the ones on her back.
I think The House of Night series will most likely continue to improve and change with each installment.

Betrayed has earned 2 1/2 out of 5 pineapples.
 
Orchid

Friday, June 5, 2009

Marked

Title: Marked
Series: House of Night, book 1
Number of Pages: 320
First Publication: 2007
Genre: YA/ Horror
Synopsis: "Enter the dark, magical world of The House of Night, a world very much like our own, except here vampyres have always existed. Sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird has just been Marked as a fledgling vampyre and joins the House of Night, a school where she will train to become an adult vampire. That is, if she makes it through the Change--and not all of those who are Marked do. It sucks to begin a new life, especially away from her friends, and on top of that, Zoey is no average fledgling. She has been chosen as special by the vampyre Goddess Nyx. Zoey discovers she has amazing powers, but along with her powers come bloodlust and an unfortunate ability to Imprint her human ex-boyfriend. To add to her stress, she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers: When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school's most elite group, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny--with a little help from her new vampyre friends."

 So I finally read the first book in the House of Night series (that has been sitting on my shelf for, like, a month and which has taken me two months to write) and let me just say it was awesome. It's definitely one of the best vampire books I have read in a long time.
Zoey's step-dad was a monster,*gah* I just wanted to kick him repeatedly (where it would hurt him the most *hehehe*) and her mom was such a push-over who I wanted to strangle (sorry) and I cannot believe she was "friends" with K, who I think was more of a B than Aphrodite is.
My biggest complaint about the book would have to be that she got to much power and responsibility way to early on in the series in my opinion.
I think my favorite character(s) were Damien, Stevie Rae, and Zoey. Damien because he was smart and funny, and I loved his use of bigger words that the twins couldn’t understand. I liked Zoey because she was an okay main character. I like Stevie Rae because she just seemed like such a nice girl (plus she likes country music).
One of my favorite parts about this book is how their change into becoming a vampire is a slow process, rather than being been bitten die and then rise again to feed upon the rest of humanity.

The only two books in the series that I don't own are Untamed and Haunted.
I'm going to give Marked 3 out of 5 Pineapples.
Orchid

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Strange

I'm feeling a bit lazy today in the writing posts department. So I'm only going to post Reba McEntire's latest video for her song Strange. Which is awesome, of course Reba's videos/songs are always awesome.
This is definitely one CD (I don’t know the name of it, yet) that I hope to get when it's finally released.


Dame Orchid

The Luxe

Title: The Luxe
Number of Pages: 433
First Publication: 2007
Genre: Fiction
Synopsis: "Pretty girls in pretty dresses, partying until dawn. Irresistible boys with mischievous smiles and dangerous intentions. White lies, dark secrets, and scandalous hookups. This is Manhattan, 1899.
Beautiful sisters Elizabeth and Diana Holland rule Manhattan's social scene. Or so it appears. When the girls discover their status among New York City's elite is far from secure, suddenly everyone—from the backstabbing socialite Penelope Hayes, to the debonair bachelor Henry Schoonmaker, to the spiteful maid Lina Broud—threatens Elizabeth's and Diana's golden future.
With the fate of the Hollands resting on her shoulders, Elizabeth must choose between family duty and true love. But when her carriage overturns near the East River, the girl whose glittering life lit up the city's gossip pages is swallowed by the rough current. As all of New York grieves, some begin to wonder whether life at the top proved too much for this ethereal beauty, or if, perhaps, someone wanted to see Manhattan's most celebrated daughter disappear...
In a world of luxury and deception, where appearance matters above everything and breaking the social code means running the risk of being ostracized forever, five teenagers lead dangerously scandalous lives. This thrilling trip to the age of innocence is anything but innocent."

The Luxe is one of the best books that I have read this year. It was well written and the characters were pretty awesome.

  I loved how different the Holland sisters were. Although I don't know which of the Holland sisters I liked more; the fiery tempered Diana, or the loyal yet mysterious Elizabeth.
Penelope was just one of those characters that you just love to hate. With her schemes to win Henry and do away with her "best friend", all because she is jealous of anyone who's better than she is.
I didn't much care for Lena. She was just a little too money hungry and almost as vindictive as Penelope.
Henry on a whole I found to be a pig and a push over concerning his father and the possibility of being cut off from his inheritance, and the way he was just playing around with Penelope’s feelings.
  I totally saw the twist at the end of the book coming; it was so obvious from the beginning (to me it was plainly obvious).
  It was also pretty cool how you learned more about Elizabeth in the scrapes of her diary between chapters. It gives you a pretty good insight into the real Elizabeth Holland.
I am definitely looking forward to reading Rumors the next book in this amazing series.

I am giving The Luxe 5 out of 5 pineapples.







Dame Orchid

Monday, June 1, 2009

What's your Reading Personality?

I found the link for this awesome quiz at Reading Keeps You Sane and I think it was pretty accurate.

(This is mine) Your Reading Personality: Eclectic Reader!

You read for entertainment but also to expand your mind. You're open to new ideas and new writers, and are not wedded to a particular genre or limited range of authors.

Click Here for the quiz. Enjoy.

Dame Orchid
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