Crank

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Title: Crank
Author: Ellen Hopkins
Genre: Realistic Fiction, Drugs, Poetry

Summary: The story of Melinda who learns of crystal meth or "crank," that makes her discover her sexy confident alter-ego Bree.  Both sides of her take turn controlling her as she tries to escape the drugs that get her into a lot of trouble.

Rating:
Characters: 8/10
Plot: 9/10
Originality: 7/10
Recommendation: 8/10
Age Rating: PG-13 to R

Review: This book was written in poetry, so the size of the book shouldn't intimidate you.  

I was worried that like most poems, this book would be hard to follow, but I turned out wrong.  It was actually pretty much sentences put in stance form.  Although the sentences weren't separated at clauses, so if you didn't read it carefully, sometimes you need to re-read it a couple times.

Even if the book was my first poetry and major drug story, I liked it a lot, even if as an introduction, it was pretty intense.


Title: The Angel Experiment
Author: James Patterson
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action

Summary: Max and her flock, who are 98% human and 2% bird, have been running from the deadly white coats and the school ever since they were born.  But when Angel gets kidnapped, they have no choice but to chase after them.  And also, if there's time, find out about their pasts.

Rating:
Characters: 8/10
Plot: 6/10
Originality: 9/10
Age Rating: PG
Recommendation: 8/10

Review: Okay, this book was pretty good, but it's not really for the picky (not me) people because while the chapters are short, there's 100 chapters and quite a few of them are spent on things that could've been put into a sentence and the plot still would've not been ruined.

For example, there was a chapter dedicated to the whole flock ordering food from the fast food store.  Another time, Fang and Nudge were just watching hawks fly and learned 'tricks' from them.

So yeah, at least a 1/4 of the book could've been shaved off, but I liked the characters and chapters being short gave you illusions that you were reading a ton so it was okay.

Book Clubs

Posted on 9:39 PM In: ,

Okay, I joined in the first book club at my school.

Here's the list:
1. Rules
2. Uglies
3. Wednesday Wars
4. Fever 1793
5. Life As We Knew It
6. Stanford Wong flunks Big-time
7. Last Shot
8. Letters from Wolfie
9. Magyk
10. Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment

I've got 7 down, the most out of all of them.  I'm so proud! 

Weekly Geeks

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Okay, I joined it and this week's theme (although I started late...) is your favorite character names.

Okay, my personal favorites are:
1. Jasper (Twilight)
2. Donia (Wicked Lovely)
3. Echo (Saving Zoe)
4. Eve (Morganville Vampires)
5. Jade (The Nature of Jade)
6. Spencer (Pretty Little Liars)
7. Edward (Twilight)
8. Adrian (Beastly)

I'm a big fan of classic names and not a big fan of all those new names (like Alexis) 
That's why I actually really like the names in Twilight. :)

Bleach

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Title: Bleach
Author: Tite Kubo
Genre: Fantasy, Action

Summary: Ichigo Kurosaki is an average teenager.  Well, as average as you can get with a six-sense that is.  One day, he meets Rukia, a shinigami (soul reaper) who fights hollows, or lost souls.  To save his family, Ichigo agrees to take half of Rukia's powers, but he ends up accidentally taking all of it.  Thus beginning his journey into the world of Soul Society.

Rating:
Characters: 10/10
Plot: 8/10
Originality: 9/10
Art: 9/10
Age Group: PG-13
Recommendation: 10/10

Review: I liked this a lot more than let's say Naruto.  The characters were good, the art was good for shounen and I had a ton of fun reading.  Of course it doesn't really get interesting until they get to Soul Society. 

While there are some annoying things, like how no one dies and how as far as I'm concerned, Ichigo hasn't lost or died yet for that matter.  (What?  He can beat Kenpachi but not Nnoitra, but Kenpachi can beat Nnoitra?  How does that make sense!?)

but nothing's perfect so just shut up and read!

Nick and Norah Movie!

Posted on 10:32 PM In: ,
Okay, I just watched the Nick and Norah Movie and I've already read the book (review it later!) and it was pretty good.

Watched it with my family and I laughed quite a few times.

But I will warn fans of the book, the plot is WAY different in the movie than in the book.  Although personally, sometimes it feels like the movie had more of a plot because the book was pretty much Nick and Norah walking around aimlessly through Manhattan.  In the movie they actually had something to do.

And Michael Cera was SO cute!

It's so funny though, while the kissing just really bothered me (I AM 13) at the end when they looked at each other and had a moment of understanding, that really stuck with me and it's still right here in my head.
It really made me think that I want to have a moment like that with a guy too.

Extras

Posted on 10:25 PM In: ,

Title: Extras
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Genre: Sci-fi, Romance

Summary: A few years after Tally's rebellion, the world has gone into a time called the 'Mind-Rain' a time of creativity and art.  Aya, who lives in Japan at this time is doing all that she possibly can to get her face rank up, pretty much being popular.  She tries to kick a story on these girls who try to resist the face ranking, but ultimately, she ends up finding these strange 'creatures' carrying metal from a mountain and thinks something's up.  What are they doing?

Rating:
Characters: 6/10
Plot: 7/10
Originality: 8/10
Age Rating: PG
Recommendation: 8/10

Review: Okay, this book was supposedly written because fans kept badgering Scott about how 'Trilogies' supposedly weren't always just books of 3 and how he could write another one! So, to make them shut up, he produced this book.

Long story short, this book is pretty much everyone thinking it's the end of the world, when really nothing's going on.

The only thing I really got a kick out of is the references to Japanese things since I'm half japanese, but that's pretty much it.

But the characters weren't that great.  Especially Frizz Mizuno and his Radical Honesty crap which while being a cool concept, made life harder for everyone.