Thursday, November 15, 2012

Book Review: Rockoholic

Title: Rockoholic
Author: C.J. Skuse
Publisher: Scholastic
Rating: 5

Synopsis (via Goodreads): She's got it bad, and he ain't good -- he's in her garage? "I'm your biggest fan, I'll follow you until you love me..." Gonna have to face it: Jody's addicted to Jackson Gatlin, frontman of The Regulators, and after her best bud Mac scores tickets, she's front and center at his sold-out concert. But when she gets mashed in the moshpit and bodysurfs backstage, she's got more than a mild concussion to deal with. By the next morning, the strung-out rock star is coming down in her garage. Jody -- oops -- kind of kidnapped him. By accident. With a Curly Wurly candy bar. And now he doesn't want to leave. It's a rock-star abduction worthy of an MTV reality series...but who got punk'd?!

Review: Not only did the synopsis of Rockoholic excite me, but also the fact that it was my first ARC to read and review from Scholastic. Back in 2009, my big music addiction was the Jonas Brothers. Just like Belibers and Directioners, I was a Jonas Brothers major fan. I had all their cd's, watched their tv show, Jonas, with my best friend every Sunday night, and somehow convinced my mom to take to me one of their last concerts before their three year break. In a way, I could relate to Jody in this story being obsessed with a band and wanting to meet the lead singer in hopes of falling in love. Except, I didn't take as drastic measures that Jody did. 

Jody read and believed all the tabloids about The Regulators lead singer, Jackson Gatlin. For her mission of him falling love with her to work properly, she decided to lose weight because Jackson supposedly liked skinny girls. I found this hard to deal with. You shouldn't change who you are to impress someone in hopes of falling in love. There is someone out there who will love you for who you are.

As for Jackson, I often envisioned him as Joe Jonas. I couldn't help it. Last I checked though, Joe didn't and doesn't have a drinking and drug problem that Jackson did have. Even though he acted like a jerk to Jody while in relapse, I couldn't help but feel for him. Jackson had been through so much from being famous that he turned to drugs and alcohol in hopes to escape it all. If it hadn't been for Jody, he realizes he might not have lived much longer.

Mac and Cree were my favorite duo throughout this book. I always love seeing boys care for their younger siblings like Mac did. At first, I couldn't tell if Mac liked being best friends with Jody or cared about her in a different way, but I like how it turns out in the end. 

Overall, Rockoholic is an emotional, comical story of a rockstar who turns his life around for the better. Even though he was kidnapped first. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (6)

Waiting on Wednesday is a daily meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It highlights what newly released books us bloggers are most excited to read.
Title: Scarlet
Author: Marissa Meyer
Synopsis (via Goodreads): Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother and the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own. As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.

My Thoughts: I am currently reading Cinder by Marissa Meyer and at the moment, I am in love with it. I wouldn't be surprised if I finished the book with the same feeling and, of course, wanting more. What are you waiting on?

Sunday, November 11, 2012

In My Mailbox (12)

In My Mailbox is a daily meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. It features the books we got this week to read and review. 

This is what I got this week: 

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Revived by Cat Patrick

Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday

My dad was in an awesome mood yesterday since he drove me to Madison so I could purchase new drum heads for my drum set (wonder who broke them...) and go book shopping at my favorite bookstore Frugal Muse Books. I think today is going to be a reading day for me since it's so nice outside, and of course my to-read pile is growing. =)

What did you get this week?

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (5)

Waiting on Wednesday is a daily meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It highlights what newly released books us bloggers are most excited to read.
Title: Reached
Author: Ally Condie
Synopsis (via Goodreads): After leaving Society and desperately searching for the Rising—and each other—Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again: Cassia has been assigned to work for the Rising from within Society, while Ky has been stationed outside its borders. But nothing is as predicted, and all too soon the veil lifts and things shift once again. In this gripping conclusion to the #1 New York Times-bestselling Matched Trilogy, Cassia will reconcile the difficulties of challenging a life too confining, seeking a freedom she never dreamed possible, and honoring a love she cannot live without.

My Thoughts: I have read both Matched and Crossed. I loved them. Now I want a copy of Reached. Like, as soon as possible. Although I've seen mixed reviews of this series, I want to finish Cassia and Ky's story because I'm obviously a fan. =)

Sunday, November 4, 2012

In My Mailbox (11)

In My Mailbox is a daily meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. It features the books we got this week to read and review.

This is what I got this week: 

From the Library: 
Ana's Story: A Journey of Hope by Jenna Bush

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt by Caroline Preston

What did you get this week?

Book Review: Touch of Frost

Title: Touch of Frost
Author: Jennifer Estep
Publisher: K-Teen
Rating: 5

Synopsis (via Goodreads): My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy; a school of myths, magic and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody's head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest. But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things. Freaky stuff like this goes on all the time at Mythos, but I'm determined to find out who killed Jasmine and why; especially since I should have been the one who died...

Review: This review should've been posted a long time ago. I think I finished reading this book maybe two months ago now, but I've been so busy with high school swim team that I haven't had time to blog much. Well, guess what? I'm back! =D

Anyway, I'm pretty sure I heard about this book from Katie's Book Blog a while back and decided I wanted to read it. It sounded interesting, I like reading murder mysteries, and I trusted Katie's 4 shoe review. After reading the prequel, I was kind of nervous about what the first book would be like in general because I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would, but I'm still glad that I gave this one a spin.

Let's just say, I love Jennifer Estep's writing. There's enough detail that you can visualize what's going on, but there's not so much that you feel overwhelmed. It's the perfect amount. Mythos Academy reminded me of Hogwarts from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series (which I have yet to read all seven...). The school itself is hidden from the general public and assures students that spells have been cast around campus to exclude evil spirits from coming in. Well, we all know what happened to Hogwarts...

Gwen is an amazing idol in my opinion. She's not too sure how to fit in at school with her gift and eventually decides to be herself. This is how she meets new friends and winds up taking control over finding the murderer on campus. Throughout the book, I cheered her on. Now, I can't wait to see what happens to this strong, independent girl (who better not rely on Logan because I'm still investigating what kind of person he is)  in the next installment of the series.