Weekly Recap 9/5/10

I am finally caught up on reading books by authors at the Decatur Book Festival and stuff I had to read for PBS Games.  It’s a very liberating feeling!  Of course, now I want to read every book on my shelves immediately.  And those books that are not on my shelves but in stacks around the living room.

Books Read:

Saving Maddie by Varian Johnson – I was a little worried that I wouldn’t like this book, but I ended up liking it a lot.  It brought up some of my own issues with church that I have grown through, like knowing why you believe something, not just believing because you’re told to.  Overall the story was really good!

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting – This was really good and hard to put down!  I was so sucked in to the mystery that I kept picking it back up when I needed to be doing other things, like cleaning my apartment.  Oops!  I really liked Violet and Jay’s relationship.

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore – This book was okay.  I like the premise more than the execution.  The characters were a little flat and the story dragged at times.  I was expecting a little more action.

Scott Pilgrim vs The World by Bryan Lee O’Malley – I am still completely amused by this series!  They’re hilarious and creative.  I love Scott, but his friends are my favorite part(s).

Holes by Louis Sachar – Now that I am done, I don’t know why I’d never read this book before!  It was so good.  Stanley and Zero were awesome.  I loved how the story from the past was interwoven with the current story.  I can definitely see why this won the Newbery Award.

In My Mailbox

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Books Received/Bought: 13

  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (PBS Game)
  • As They See Em: A Fan’s Travels in the Land of Umpires by Bruce Weber (PBS Game)
  • Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card (PBS FIFO)
  • I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (PBS Game)
  • Eleventh Grade Burns (Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, Bk 4) by Heather Brewer (PBS Game)
  • Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci (Amazon)
  • Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi (Amazon)
  • Scott Pilgrim Versus the World (Scott Pilgrim Vol 2) by Bryan Lee O’Malley (Amazon)
  • Scott Pilgrim & The Infinite Sadness (Scott Pilgrim Vol 3) by Bryan Lee O’Malley (Amazon)
  • Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together (Scott Pilgrim Vol 4) by Bryan Lee O’Malley (Amazon)
  • Accomplice by Eireann Corrigan (Borders)
  • The DUFF by Kody Keplinger (Borders)
  • One Night That Changes Everything by Lauren Barnholdt (PBS Game)

Books Mailed:

  • The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting (PBS Game)
  • I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (PBS Game)

Weekly Recap 8/29/10

Mockingjay Day finally came!  Yes, it was an actual holiday for me.  I took the day off work and spent it reading, except for a doctor appointment in the afternoon and dinner with friends.

Books Read:

Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O’Malley –  I really liked this!  It was so funny and the graphics were really great.  I’m definitely going to continue in the series and maybe even see the movie. :)

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins – SO GOOD!  I was a little worried I wouldn’t like it because a few books that I have been really excited about this summer ended up kind of as duds, but this one didn’t disappoint.  I kind of had a hard time getting in to the book at first.  Part of that was because I just wanted to know how it ends so I was being impatient.  :)  But by the first battle scene, I was hooked.  I’m not giving away any spoilers, but I will say I laughed, I cried, I cursed Suzanne Collins, lather, rinse, repeat.  I am okay with how it ended.  I’m really glad I read the first two again before starting this one.  After I read some stuff from authors at this year’s Decatur Book Festival and some swap reading, I’m going to pick this back up and read it again!

The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller – Didn’t finish…  Haven annoyed me and I realized after 1/4 of the book that I just didn’t care.

The Julian Game by Adele Griffin – This was cute.  At times it was predictable and occasionally unpredictable.  I liked Raye.  The end seemed kind of rushed, but overall it was an enjoyable read.

Lady Macbeth’s Daughter by Lisa Klein – I liked this book.  Albia was a very likable strong character.  I haven’t read Macbeth, but I know the basic story, so it was interesting to see how the story was woven into the original story.

In My Mailbox

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Books Received/Bought: 7

  • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Borders)
  • Will by Maria Boyd (Borders)
  • The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey (PBS Game)
  • Breathe My Name by R.A. Nelson (PBS Game)
  • Sister Wife by Shelley Hrdlitschka (PBS Game)
  • Losing It edited by Keith Gray (PBS FIFO)
  • The Julian Game by Adele Griffin (Amazon)

Books Mailed: 7

  • Kristy and the Dirty Diapers (Babysitters Club) by Ann M. Martin (PBS FIFO)
  • Fruits Basket Vol 1 by Natsuki Takaya (PBS FIFO)
  • Fruits Basket Vol 2 by Natsuki Takaya (PBS FIFO)
  • Fruits Basket Vol 3 by Natsuki Takaya (PBS FIFO)
  • The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June by Robin Benway (PBS Game)
  • The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller (PBS Game)
  • The Julian Game by Adele Griffin (PBS Game)

Weekly Recap 8/22/10

This was a crazy week for me!  Not only did I have my sister’s dog for the week, but I actually had to go on a business trip in the middle.  Luckily my parents are awesome and agreed to spend the night at my place to take care of both dogs.  But because of that, I didn’t get as much reading done as I would have liked.

Books Read:

The Red Umbrella by Christina Gonzalez – I LOVED this book.  I’ve been fascinated by Cuba since learning about The Bay of Pigs in 6th grade.  This book really made me feel like I was there experiencing the changes with Lucia.  There were lots of other things I wanted to know about what was going on, but obviously they would have been out of place in this book.  But it would have been interesting! :) Christina Gonzalez will be at this year’s Decatur Book Festival.

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins – Obviously not the first time I’ve read it, but I needed to refresh my memory before Mockingjay comes out on Tuesday!  I cannot wait!

In My Mailbox

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Books Received: 11

  • Half-Assed: A Weight Loss Memoir by Jenette Fulda (PBS Game)
  • Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O’Malley (Amazon)
  • The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller (Amazon)
  • Exposing the Real Che Guevara and the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him by Humberto Fontova (Amazon)
  • Charmed Life (Chrestomanci #1) by Diana Wynne Jones (Abebooks)
  • The Lives of Christopher Chance (Chrestomanci #2) by Diana Wynne Jones (Abebooks)
  • Maze of Bones (The 39 Clues #1) by Rick Riordan (Amazon)
  • The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot (PBS FIFO)
  • Princess in the Spotlight (Princess Diaries, Bk 2) by Meg Cabot (PBS FIFO)
  • Princess in Love (Princess Diaries, Bk 3) by Meg Cabot (PBS FIFO)
  • Princess in Waiting (Princess Diaries, Bk 4) by Meg Cabot (PBS FIFO)

Books Mailed: 5

  • Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard (PBS FIFO)
  • Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard (PBS FIFO) (yes, I had two copies)
  • Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs (PBS Game)
  • Sea by Heidi R. Kling (PBS Game)
  • Incarceron by Catherine Fisher (PBS Game)

Decatur Book Festival 2009

It finally came!  This weekend was the Decatur Book Festival!  I volunteered to work the first half of the day at The Escape, the Teen Stage.  At the beginning of September, I decided to read a book from each of the authors I would be seeing.  So I read I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You and Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter, Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks by Lauren Myracle, Pure by Terra McVoy, Sea Change by Aimee Friedman, As You Wish by Jackson Pearce, Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, and Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.  Some of them I liked, some of them I didn’t.  Most of them you can read my opinions about here or on Goodreads.

I decided to go over to Decatur early so I could walk around before I was volunteering.  Everything was very festival-ish – lots of tents, funnel cake and fresh squeezed lemonade stands, lots of people milling about.  There was a parade to the children’s’ stage that I ended up being in the right place for – this is the banner at the end:

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As you can see, the day was not exceptionally sunny, but it was definitely humid!  I ran into a couple friends and chatted with them and got them to get a book signed for my dad during my shift.  (Thanks again, Jenna and Giselle!)  After adding a few answers to the giant crossword puzzles (I was good at the Harry Potter and the Children’s books ones and just okay at the adult one!), getting a grilled cheese sandwich (from the Kid Food stand – oops!) and some lemonade, I checked in, put on my T-shirt, and headed to my stage.

bookzillaThe shirt is orange, which I kind of object to, but at least it is not a bright Tennessee, Auburn, or Florida orange.  The book monster on the front is Bookzilla.  You can see the full demon lizard on the DBF website.

The Escape was luckily one of the indoor stages.  The air conditioning was nice, but after several hours of the door constantly opening and closing, it was hot and stuffy in there too.  But no worries!  Too many things to do to worry about the state of my (incredibly frizzy) hair.  When I arrived, I found out I was the only volunteer for the morning.  My stage captain was Terra McVoy, plus three people from Little Shop of Stories who were helping out and selling books.  I helped them put LSoS bookmarks in all the books, which was kind of fun.

The first panel was a group of guys and a girl talking about minicomics.  They talked about how to self publish your work, how to get ideas, and how to make comics if you aren’t the best artist.  It was pretty interesting.

The next speaker was Ally Carter, the author of the Gallagher Girls books.  She is incredibly nice!  Our little room quickly filled with girls listening to her.  She talked about getting published and where her ideas came from.  Gallagher Girls has always reminded me of Alias and it turns out that was the inspiration!  In the episode where they show Spy Sister’s background, Ally had it on mute and thought Nadia grew up in a spy boarding school.  She didn’t – it was just an orphanage, but that’s where the idea started!  Ally said that the plan is to have 6 GG books, which is fantastic!  I love Cammie and her friends.  The next book she has coming out is Heist Society, about a girl from a family of thieves.  I am sure it will be an upcoming Waiting on Wednesday.

The next event was DUCK Improv, a group of high school boys doing improv.  I did not get to see any of this because I was outside managing the line for Ally’s book signing, but I heard a lot of laughter from the stage.  My job during the signing was to write everyone’s name on a post it note and stick it in their book so the author wouldn’t have to ask how to spell it.  At first, the table was inside and the line was outside, so I also had to manage how many people were in line inside so it didn’t get to loud or crowded during the other speakers.

Next up were Lauren Myracle and Terra McVoy.  They talked about writing about spirituality in teen books.  To be honest, I wasn’t a big fan of either of their books.  I am a Christian, so it wasn’t because of the subject matter, but they just did not appeal to me for various reasons.  However, I thought their talk was great.  They talked about their books and how they wanted the characters to be true and honest.  They didn’t want cookie cutter Christians where everything was sunshine and roses.  They wanted to write about the real struggles Christian teens face.  I really respect that and will give other books by both of them a change.  Despite not liking Pure, I really liked Terra McVoy!  She is an amazingly nice person.  She’s very passionate about children and teen books and her energy is contagious.  It was fun getting to know her.

The next two speakers were Jackson Pearce and Aimee Friedman.  I loved Jackson’s book As You Wish.  It was fun and adorable and made me wish for a Jinn of my own.  To fall in love with, not to make wishes, though I might have to wish for a cure for my dog’s ailments.  Their talk was about falling in love with the supernatural.  I honestly didn’t get to hear a lot of their talk because I was back to managing the line for Lauren and Terra’s signing, then helping the rush of people coming in for the next authors find seats.

Then I was standing at the back of the room and Maggie Stiefvater came in!  I loved her book Shiver and I’ve been following her blog and twitter for a few weeks and think she’s hilarious.  She was so nice!  She talked to me, despite the wildness of my hair! :)  I told her that I loved Shiver and she laughed and said it was still really weird to hear that.  She was just so nice and easy to talk to.  She said she had been sitting in a coffee shop before she came over and overheard a couple people talking about a book’s plot and characters.  She shared my amazement at the number of people excited to see authors and talk about books.  She was the next author on stage along with Richelle Mead, author of the Vampire Academy books.  Their talk was called the Vampires versus Werewolves Smackdown.  With lots of audience participation, they discussed which supernatural being was superior.  It was all really fun.  I was doing crowd management (the number of people that wanted to see them was insane!) and carrying books back to LSoS during the talk, so I missed a lot, but some of the things I did hear:

  • Lethalness: Werewolf killings are more drawn out and painful, but vampires are more stealth and can snap your neck before you know they are there.
  • Hotness: Werewolves are more muscular and animal like and “Taylor Lautner is really hot!”  I missed the vampire rebuttal to that one.
  • Better Clothing: Vampires in general have better clothing, but werewolves end up naked, so… make you own decision! :) (That was Maggie’s comment.)

Everything I heard was very fun and funny.  I think they did talk about Twilight a little, but I don’t think very much.  I knew the line was going to be insane and I actually wanted to get my books signed by these two, so I ducked out just before their 30 minutes were up and got in line.  We’d moved the signing table outside, which helped a lot.  The picture up there is Richelle, Maggie, bonus David Leviathan who spoke later in the day, and mass of people going in and out of the door to our stage.  After getting my books signed I had to hurry back to MARTA so I could get home and watch the UGA game.  I ended up making it home with about 2 minutes to spare before kick off.  I was so exhausted that I barely stayed awake through the game! (Not that it was much of a game after the first quarter.)

Picture 1 Overall, I am so glad I volunteered.  There were a couple authors at other stages I would have liked to have listened to, but getting to be involved was so much more fun.  I got to meet all of the authors that came in during the day, which was very cool.  I got a free t-shirt, even if it is orange.  Mostly it was just fun.  I know this is going to make me sound old, but it was really great to see young people excited about meeting authors of books!  Most of them had already read the books and were more than willing to talk about them.  I chatted with the girls around me in line for Maggie and Richelle’s signing.  They all loved the Vampire Academy series and couldn’t believe I’ve only read the first one.  I was told to read the other three ASAP!  They had not read Shiver, so I told them about it and encouraged them to check it out.  A couple of them went ahead and bought a copy to have signed, which made me excited.  I love talking about books and sharing good books with others.  That’s why I started this blog!

Sunday I decided to go back to Decatur and walk around.  I sat at the Emerging Authors stage for a little while and listened to a couple of people talk.  I ended up buying a book called Adopting Alesia by one of the authors I saw, Dee Thompson.  It is her story of going to Russia to adopt a preteen as a single mother.  Her experience sounded very interesting, so I’m excited to read the book.

Afterwards, I headed over to the Children’s Stage and saw Judy Schachner, the author of the Skippyjon Jones books.  If you’ve never read them, you must read these books!  They’re about a Siamese kitten that thinks he’s a chihuahua.  They are seriously hilarious.  Her talk was very fun.  There was a lot of singing involved. :)  I got the first Skippyjon book signed for two of my friends’ sons.  After standing in line for Skippyjon, I was hot and tired, so I headed home.

Such a fun a weekend!  I can’t wait for next year!

In My Mailbox 9/7/09

IMM is a little late this week, but it’s technically still the long weekend, so no late, right?

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These are all the books I acquired this week:

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From PaperBackSwap:

  • Midnight Alley (Morganville Vampires, Bk 3) by Rachel Caine

From Borders:

  • Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, Bk 2) by Suzanne Collins
  • Lament by Maggie Stiefvater

From Amazon:

  • Feast of Fools (Morganville Vampires, Bk 4) by Rachel Caine
  • Lord of Misrule (Morganville Vampires, Bk 5) by Rachel Caine
  • Frostbite (Vampire Academy, Bk 2) by Richelle Mead
  • Shadow Kissed (Vampire Academy, Bk 3) by Richelle Mead
  • Blood Promise (Vampire Academy, Bk 4) by Richelle Mead

From the Decatur Book Festival Emerging Authors Table:

  • Adopting Alesia by Dee Thompson
  • Beaverball: A (Winning) Season with the M.I.T. Baseball Team by Brooks Mendell

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Picture 2Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, Bk 1) by Richelle Mead

St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

I’ve heard that this series was good for a while and have had the first book for about a month, but honestly, I’m getting a little tired of all the vampires in YA books.  I think Twilight and House of Night burned me out and left me uninterested.  I’ve started the Morganville Vampire series and thought it was alright, but I couldn’t bring myself to start this series.

So after much prompting from my friend Nicole, I started it.  I’m so glad I did!  This book is so different from any of the other vampire books I’ve read recently.  I really liked Rose.  I like that she’s strong and a fighter.  She’s willing to put “normal teenage things” on hold to be better a better guardian.  There were a couple times when Lissa annoyed me, but for the most part, I liked her.  I love Dimitri, too.  I am excited to read the rest of the series!

Richelle Mead is one of the authors I should get to meet at the Decatur Book Festival.

As You Wish by Jackson Pearce

Picture 1As You Wish by Jackson Pearce

Ever since Viola’s boyfriend broke up with her, she has spent her days silently wishing—to have someone love her again and, more importantly, to belong again—until one day she inadvertently summons a young genie out of his world and into her own. He will remain until she makes three wishes.

Jinn is anxious to return home, but Viola is terrified of wishing, afraid she will not wish for the right thing, the thing that will make her truly happy. As the two spend time together, the lines between master and servant begin to blur, and soon Jinn can’t deny that he’s falling for Viola. But it’s only after Viola makes her first wish that she realizes she’s in love with Jinn as well . . . and that if she wishes twice more, he will disappear from her life—and her world—forever.

Jackson Pearce spins a magical tale about star-crossed lovers, what it means to belong . . . and how important it is to be careful what you wish for.

This book is adorable.  First of all, the spine is pink.  I am a sucker for pink.  If it is pink, I will love it.  My friends  laugh at me when I can’t find stuff in my purse because the inside of my purse is pink, as is my wallet, iPhone cover, and iPod cover.  It’s all a blur.  Much like I was predisposed to like A Little Bit Wicked by Kristen Chenoweth, just looking at the cover (sans dust jacket, though I like that too) makes me happy.

But anyway!  What’s inside is fantastic too!  The characters are sweet and realistic.  I loved switching between Jinn’s POV and Viola’s POV.  I wouldn’t have minded throwing a chapter or two from Lawrence’s POV in, either.  The all of the characters were really easy to read about and very likeable.  I loved Viola’s journey and how strong she was to not take the easy way out.  The dialogue is realistic and funny too.  I want to be friends with Jinn, Viola, and Lawrence (not to mention Ollie and Xander!).

There were things in the book that really could have been very cliche, but I felt that the book came off as very original.  It could have been very Aladdin, but it really wasn’t, though I may have thrown in my own “Ixnay on the wishing for more wishes!”

In other pop culture references, this quote kept popping in my head while I was reading the book: “That day, she was amazed to discover that when he was saying “As you wish”, what he meant was, “I love you.” And even more amazing was the day she realized she truly loved him back.”

http://www.asyouwishthebook.com/ <~ Funny stuff here

Jackson Pearce is one of the authors I should get to meet at the Decatur Book Festival.

Sea Change by Aimee Friedman

Picture 1 Sea Change by Aimee Friedman

16-year-old Miranda Merchant is great at science…and not so great with boys. After major drama with her boyfriend and (now ex) best friend, she’s happy to spend the summer on small, mysterious Selkie Island, helping her mother sort out her late grandmother’s estate.

There, Miranda finds new friends and an island with a mysterious, mystical history, presenting her with facts her logical, scientific mind can’t make sense of. She also meets Leo, who challenges everything she thought she knew about boys, friendship…and reality.

Is Leo hiding something? Or is he something that she never could have imagined?

I really wanted to like this book more than I did.  I loved the idea.  A big house on the beach, a mysterious island (off the coast of Georgia!), merfolk and other mythological creatures… it sounds fantastic.  There were parts that I really did like, but there were things I didn’t like as well.  The book just seemed to be lacking something.  I felt the end wrapped up to quickly and it left me feeling a big unresolved.  I turned the page at the end and thought, “Wait, that’s it?”

The “romance” happened too fast – from “I don’t know you” to “I love you” in like a day.  The summer people were cliche and kind of annoying.  I didn’t understand or like Miranda’s mother.  Her behavior seems so out of character from what Miranda explains at the beginning of the book and I didn’t feel like it was explained why she suddenly behaved differently because she was on the island.

Maybe there will be a sequel because I liked it well enough, but I’d like to know what happens next.

Aimee Friedman is one of the authors I should get to meet at the Decatur Book Festival.

Waiting on Wednesday 8/19/09

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

The book I am eagerly awaiting this week is As You Wish by Jackson Pearce. (Release date: 8/25/09)

Picture 1Ever since Viola’s boyfriend broke up with her, she has spent her days silently wishing—to have someone love her again, and, more importantly, to belong again—until one day she inadvertently summons a genie out of his world and into her own. He will remain until she makes three wishes.

But Viola is terrified of wishing, afraid she won’t wish for the right thing, the thing that will make her truly happy. As the two spend time together, Jinn can’t deny that he’s slowly falling for Viola. But it’s only after Viola makes her first wish that she realizes she’s in love with Jinn as well…and that if she makes her final two wishes, he will disappear from her life—and her world—forever.

There are a few reasons why I want to read this book.  Jackson Pearce is one of the authors at the Teen Stage at the Decatur Book Festival while I am volunteering and I am trying to read something from each of the authors that will be there this month.  Also, from reading her blog, I think Jackson Pearce is hilarious.  But on to the book!  It just looks fun.  It’s fantasy, but very different anything I’ve read recently.  And according to Steph at Steph Su Reads, “Jackson’s first book, AS YOU WISH, is coming out on August 25, and it is fantastic. A great love story with a hint of magic (I mean, genies? Yeah!). This one is worth the list price, so I’d encourage you to preorder it if you can.”  Good enough for me!

For those of you that might be wondering, the authors at the stage during my volunteer shift are:

  • Eleanor Davis & Chris Schweizer
  • Ally Carter
  • Terra McVoy & Lauren Myracle
  • Aimee Friedman & Jackson Pearce

I’m getting close to having read something from each of them except the first two.

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter

Picture 3Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (Gallagher Girls, Bk 2) by Ally Carter

After staking out, obtaining, and then being forced to give up her first boyfriend, Josh, all Cammie Morgan wants is a peaceful semester. But that’s easier said than done when you’re a CIA legacy and go to the premier school in the world…for spies.

Cammie may have a genius IQ , but there are still a lot of things she doesn’t know. Like, will her ex-boyfriend even remember she exists? And how much trouble is she really in after what happened last semester? And most of all, why is her mother acting so strangely?

Despite Cammie’s best intentions to be a normal student, danger seems to follow her. She and her best friends learn that their school is going to play host to some mysterious guests–code name: “Blackthorne. Then she’s blamed for a security breach that leaves the school’s top-secret status at risk. Soon Cammie and her friends are crawling through walls and surveilling the school to learn the truth about Blackthorne and clear Cammie’s name. Even though they have confidence in their spy skills, this time the targets are tougher (and hotter), and the stakes for Cammie’s heart–and her beloved school–are higher than ever.

I officially love this series now.  This is the second book and it was just as fun as the first one.  Even more fun, perhaps.  The first book did a lot of set up, but I felt this one allowed Cammie and her friends to grow.  And of course the new additions, the boys.  The affect they had on the girls and the school was pretty fun.  Zach was a fun character and I liked that Cammie never really knew what was going on with him.

I am still itching to do an Alias rewatch now.  I’ll admit that my dog and I were pavement artists on our walk this afternoon.  Marshall is definitely too nosy to be any good at it.  We’ll have to work on him.