Thursday, March 31, 2011

Book Review: True to the Game by Teri Woods

True to the Game by Teri Woods
Published: 1999, Teri Woods Publishing
Paperback, 260 pages
Genre: Urban Fiction, Street Lit
Borrowed from Library
Challenges: Hogwarts Reading Challenge
This book represents the drug game during the late 80's from the inner city streets of Philadelphia. The main characters, Gena and Quadir find themselves caught in the vicious, yet seductive world of drugs and money.
So the synopsis is shorter than usual because essentially, that is what the story is about. It's from the Urban Lit genre and is completely X-rated with profane language, murder and fairly explicit sex scenes.

I struggled through this book in 3 days because the writing seemed sort of raw. It was almost as if there was no editor and I was reading the first draft. At the end of the book, the author wrote a touching letter stating that she published the book herself, eventually getting it on the shelves of chain stores and selling a million copies. I understand the ruggedness of the book A LOT more now.

That being said, I appreciated the story. It was like one long episode of CSI. It was real, it was honest and it was written in very simplistic, accessible language. While this sort of thing might have been groundbreaking in the late 90s, I cannot read books that are told in conversational regional dialect. So it did take me longer than usual to read for that reason.

Was this book a literary masterpiece? Definitely not. But I did enjoy seeing why so many people liked it? Absolutely.While this isn't a book I'd necessarily recommend, I give it a 2.5 out of 4 stars. If you are interested in checking out this genre, I strongly suggest you read a different book in the genre, Sister Souljah's Coldest Winter Ever.


*I read books for pleasure. I am very opinionated. I did not go to school for writing. This blog is purely for fun. Those things being said, I review as positively as I can but when there is a book that I don’t like, I will not pretend that I did. My negative reviews are strictly my opinion. Every book is not for every one. Thanks!

Book Blogger Hop!

Book Blogger Hop

This amazing hop is done by Jen at Crazy-For-Books! Love her blog! And I just noticed those books are at a disco. Cutest thing ever. You should definitely check her out :)

This week's question:
 "Since today is April Fool's Day in the USA, what is the best prank you have ever played on someone OR that someone has played on you?"


I'd say the best was when my Mom and younger brother called me and pretended she was having another baby at age 52!! I definitely dropped an F-Bomb or two during that phone call only for my mom to say APRIL FOOLS!! Yikes! I am so gullible. 

Library Thursday Blog Hop




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Library Thursday is a weekly blog hop that I've started to:

1. Encourage people to support their libraries when they can

2. Meet new bloggy friends and grow your following

How to participate (UPDATED):
  • Create a Library Thursday post with a list, pictures or a vlog of your books. Or feature a cool picture of a library, or spotlight one of your favorite libraries.
  • Grab my button if you like it and include it in your post! Make sure to shout the library out that you went to!
  • Once you've created your post, link it to the linky at the bottom of my weekly post
  • Hop around to the other blogs participating and check out what other people are reading. Be sure to leave them a comment to let them know you were there, this is about making friends as well! 

This week, I have some super awesome thrillers on hold that are ready for pick up:


Pop Goes the Weasel, James Patterson
"Alex Cross is back in an amazing thriller by James Patterson. Geoffery Shaefer, a British diplomat, is a player in a bizarre fantasy game resulting in many deaths in the Washington D.C. area. When Cross gets involved in the game, the rules start to change and Cross' family is in danger. Cross is back and better than ever."

Angels and Demons, Dan Brown
Angels and Demons is Dan's Brown first Robert Langdon thriller. It takes place chronologically before The Da Vinci Code, although it doesn't matter which book you read first. Both books involve conspiracies within the Catholic church, but Angels and Demons has more action within Rome and the Vatican. Angels and Demons is a fast paced thriller that provides an entertaining escape for the reader.


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

"Waiting On" Wednesday: The Peach Keeper


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by
Jill @ Breaking the Spine. I haven’t done this meme in a while because I wasn’t sure of any new books out that I’d be head over heels for. Then I saw that Sarah Addison Allen had a new book that came out last week!



The New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Chased the Moon welcomes you to her newest locale: Walls of Water, North Carolina, where the secrets are thicker than the fog from the town’s famous waterfalls, and the stuff of superstition is just as real as you want it to be.


It’s the dubious distinction of thirty-year-old Willa Jackson to hail from a fine old Southern family of means that met with financial ruin generations ago. The Blue Ridge Madam—built by Willa’s great-great-grandfather during Walls of Water’s heyday, and once the town’s grandest home—has stood for years as a lonely monument to misfortune and scandal. And Willa herself has long strived to build a life beyond the brooding Jackson family shadow. No easy task in a town shaped by years of tradition and the well-marked boundaries of the haves and have-nots.

But Willa has lately learned that an old classmate—socialite do-gooder Paxton Osgood—of the very prominent Osgood family, has restored the Blue Ridge Madam to her former glory, with plans to open a top-flight inn. Maybe, at last, the troubled past can be laid to rest while something new and wonderful rises from its ashes. But what rises instead is a skeleton, found buried beneath the property’s lone peach tree, and certain to drag up dire consequences along with it.

For the bones—those of charismatic traveling salesman Tucker Devlin, who worked his dark charms on Walls of Water seventy-five years ago—are not all that lay hidden out of sight and mind. Long-kept secrets surrounding the troubling remains have also come to light, seemingly heralded by a spate of sudden strange occurrences throughout the town.

Now, thrust together in an unlikely friendship, united by a full-blooded mystery, Willa and Paxton must confront the dangerous passions and tragic betrayals that once bound their families—and uncover truths of the long-dead that have transcended time and defied the grave to touch the hearts and souls of the living.

Resonant with insight into the deep and lasting power of friendship, love, and tradition, The Peach Keeper is a portrait of the unshakable bonds that—in good times and bad, from one generation to the next—endure forever.

The reviews look so promising and I happen to be a fan of Garden Spells. I love the way Allen weaves magic into all her stories! What are you Waiting on this Wednesday??

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Teaser Tuesday

 Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Miz B. @ Should Be Reading.

My Teaser:
Then he said, “You know, all of this reminds me of a horse I have, back at the ranch…”
I nearly flung myself out of my chair at him.
“DO NOT TELL ME ABOUT DUSTY AGAIN, I ALREADY KNOW ABOUT DUSTY!”
“This isn’t about Dusty,” Dr. Knutz said, looking startled. “It’s about Pancho.”
Page 254, Princess Mia by Meg Cabot

I love it when books make me laugh out loud!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Book Review: Princess Mia by Meg Cabot

The Princess Diaries IX: Princess Mia 
Published: December 26, 2007, Harper Collins Publishers
Hardcover, 270 pages
Genre: YA Fiction
Borrowed from Library
Challenges: Cover Love, Hogwarts Reading Challenge
Mia Thermopolis has hit a new all-time low: Her best friend isn't speaking to her. Her grandmother's counting on her to get her into the world's most exclusive women's society. Someone is posting horrible things about her on www.ihatemiathermopolis.com. And, oh yeah: Her longtime boyfriend has just dumped her.
But despite what the New York press seems to believe, this princess has more on her mind than recruiting a new Prince Charming, including finally snagging some self-actualization for herself, and--thanks to Grandmere--solving a four-hundred-year-old royal mystery that's about to set Mia on a one-woman mission that could bring BIG changes to the little principality of Genovia.
But is Mia really ready to get rid of her tiara…especially if it means destroying a dynasty?

In the penultimate of the series, Mia is all cuckoo from her last falling out with Michael. But instead of it being obnoxious, I actually cared about her. I thought of myself at 16 and how I would deal with a break up. I was actually glad that she had major support from most of her friends. Sending her to a therapist (named Dr. Knutz…haha brilliant, Meg!) was actually a cool twist because he gets to say all of the things to Mia that the reader is thinking.

And you know what else didn’t bother me? How clueless she was for 78% of the book. I’m totally okay with it. I think after reading 6 books in the same series, you start to understand the MC way more than you would if there were only one book. Or, uh, hopefully. Also, I’m so glad that she and Lilly aren’t on speaking terms in this one. As I said in previous review, Lilly just grinds my gears. She’s the strangest friend I’ve ever encountered in a book. I always feel as though she’s judging Mia way too much to be her best friend.

Lastly, I skimmed through  a lot of the scenes with the Grandmother. She’s never been my favorite character in the books either. Skimming aside, this book was very cool and leaves you on ANOTHER cliffhanger for the next. Even though Mia loves Michael, I’m totally Team JP. A cutie who can take me to any Broadway musical at any time? Yes please!  I wish that I would have read these books when I was in high school because I could see myself eating these up!
All in all, I give Princess Mia 3.5 out of 4 stars! Highly recommended for lovers of YA fiction, fans of the series, Meg Cabot and stories told in diary form!

Ten Good Things: Snacks That I want right now!!

Ten Good things on a Monday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Nutritious Nina & Ample ARGH @ Brush Up on Your Reading!

I'm so excited about this post because I've figured out how to post while at work! I'm so sneaky! Anyway, because I'm at work making this post, all I can think of are snacks that I want right now. I've done something like this before but that was a while ago.

Snacks I Want Right Now!!
1. Pretzel Cake Truffles from Momofuku Bakery
2. Cookie Dough Bites
3. Entemmann's Butter Loaf Pound Cake
4. Caramel Frappe from any place that makes them deliciously
5. Doritos Original Flavor
6. POPCORN OMG
7. Baguette and Brie, just like, an entire loaf, right now.
8. Cashews
9. Smuckers Uncrustables (I don't know why, this is the pre-lunch time hunger talking)
10. Ramen noodles...?

Well, this is what happens when I have to list things while I'm hungry. I promise next week's will be less food related and more awesomeness related.

Music Monday: "Bourgeois Shangri-La" for The Princess Diaries


About the Book
If you've been checking my blog out for an extended amount of time, you might've noticed that I've read like 7 of the Princess Diaries series. I've been trying to think of a song that captured parts of the books and came up with Bourgeois Shangri-La by Miss Li. The part that I'm thinking of in particular is when Mia finds out that she's actually a Princess. All the silly running around and crying that she does reminds me of this song. By the way, I didn't say spoiler alert before that because it's not a spoiler!! The name of the friggin book is the Princess Diaries! :-P So please enjoy Bourgeois Shangri-La by Miss Li!




About the Artist
Miss Li is a super cute, super young singer from Sweden whose songs have been all over television. I actually heard this one in an iPod commercial. She's also had another song in a popular Volvo commercial that you might recognize ("Oh boy") ! She's got a sweet, unique voice and tends to include unusual instruments in her fun songs (namely trombones) Check out Miss Li's Myspace page!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

And the winner is...

Carol N. Wong! 

As much as I'd like to give everyone a giftcard to Amazon, my pockets will not permit me to :( So thank you all for entering and following. I have tried following many of you back as well.

Hooray for all the new friends and faithful loveys who entered the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway. Check back soon for my April Fools giveaway open internationally!

In my Mailbox, March 27th edition

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. My participation in this meme is limited to when I am lucky enough to actually recieve books so I'm happy to report that some fell into my lap TODAY!

Long story short, I ended up at the library for a FREE Book giveaway and left with these awesome books:
Catcher in the Rye JD Salinger 
The Quickie by James Patterson  
A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick

Thanks for stopping by, bloggy friends, new and old! What's in your mailbox?!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Couldn't Finish: Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
Cheerleader Isobel has been partnered with goth Varen for a report on Edgar Allan Poe. Unfortunately, this does not sit well with her jock boyfriend Brad, who makes sure to let Varen know who’s boss. Realizing that Brad might not be all she thought he was, Isobel dumps him. Rumors immediately begin circulating that she is in love with Varen, and things heat up while the two are researching their project and Isobel peeks into Varen’s private journal. Suddenly, Isobel is haunted by the ghouls, ghosts, and creepy creatures that inhabit Varen’s dreamworld. Now that she has become a part of this world, Isobel must find a way out, and a way to save Varen.

I was so excited about this book but I got to page 243 and just had to stop. I really gave it the old college try but the problem was that I JUST couldn’t connect with the main character, Isobel.

Isobel’s inner monologue and reactions to the things around her is so obnoxious to me. Additionally, the author could've left out most of the details she gives. I think that if I made it to the end of the book, I’d say it could’ve been shortened at least 200 pages. And length isn't a problem for me, hello HP 1-7 and any James Patterson book. But I need to be spellbound and gripped if I'm going to go for 500 plus pages.

I took a look at a few other reviews on Amazon and see that they agree. Whereas many of my fellow bloggers found this book to be really awesome, it just didn't do it for me! Maybe I will try again some other time but for now, I’m putting Nevermore back on the shelf.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Book Blogger Hop March 25th

 Book Blogger Hop
The Book Blogger Hop is an amazing blog hop hosted by Jennifer at Crazy For Books! I love her page and hers was one of the first blogs I became obsessed with for its cuteness! So big shout out to her :) Here's this week's question:

"If you could physically put yourself into a book or series…which one would it be and why?"

I would put myself in the Chronicles of Narnia!! Namely The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe once (spoiler alert) the White Witch's reign is over and the kids reign over Narnia. I'd also love to be in the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. But just the part with the chocolates :-P

All the other series that I've read haven't been happy. I mean, there were points when I wanted to be in Harry Potter (book one for sure, book two too scary and all the other after, heck no, I'd probably die first!). And then there was the Shadow Children's series or the Hunger Games trilogy, which are deliciously dystopian but I'd never want to BE in any of those books! This was a hard question!

Thanks for stopping by my blog, would love to check out yours! I always follow back :)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Book Review: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (contains spoilers)

**Do not read if you haven’t read the trilogy, otherwise, scroll over for content.**


Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Published: August 24, 2010, Scholastic Press
Genre: YA Dystopia
Hardcover, 400 pages
Borrowed from Library
Challenges: Dystopia, 100 Books in a Year, Twenty 11, 350 Page Book
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena alive, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what's worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss's family, not her friends, not the people of District 12.
Okay, everyone said that this was their least favorite and now I know why. Picking up from where Catching Fire left off, the story only needed another 100 or so spellbinding pages as I know Collins is capable of doing. Instead, she wrote an entire book that somehow contained the awesome stuff that made me love the first two (the flashbacks that still move the story forward, Katniss’ internal dialogue that helps us to understand her better etc.) but made me hate this one. Every flashback seemed pointless, most of the internal dialogue made me dislike Katniss and her ridiculous temper. Dude, you’re the Mockingjay whether you like it or not, yes, they didn’t let you know about the rebellion because your reaction would’ve been over the top. Thank you for proving them right, now, stop being ridiculous.

I also didn’t like how much of the planning we were there for. It’s like when you watch a movie and the characters say “Here’s what we’re gonna do…” Then there’s a fade out and there’s either a montage with music in the background of them doing the plan or they get right to the outcome itself. Well, the entire book felt like we skipped the movie cut scene/montage action, and are in the planning room for way longer than needed! I mean c’mon, where was the forward motion that made book one seem too short? Where was the shocking twist that made Catching Fire set me on fire?!

The bright side to all this is that I got to see the story end. I always knew that they’d rise up and that there was way more to the whole Mockingjay/District 13 is “obliterated” angle. Despite my issues with the final book in this trilogy, I’m going to give it a 3 out of 4 stars. It’s absolutely necessary to read if you’ve read the first two, just don’t expect to have the visceral reaction that you may’ve had with the others.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Library Thursday Blog Hop (29.2)



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Library Thursday is a weekly blog hop that I've started to:

1. Encourage people to support their libraries when they can

2. Meet new bloggy friends and grow your following

How to participate (UPDATED):
  • Create a Library Thursday post with a list, pictures or a vlog of your books. Or feature a cool picture of a library, or spotlight one of your favorite libraries.
  • Grab my button if you like it and include it in your post! Make sure to shout the library out that you went to!
  • Once you've created your post, link it to the linky at the bottom of my weekly post
  • Hop around to the other blogs participating and check out what other people are reading. Be sure to leave them a comment to let them know you were there, this is about making friends as well! 
So I've been outrageously busy for at least a month and since I took out so many books last week, I didn't make it to the library for pleasure this week! Instead, I'm going to post a few awesome pics of libraries that I found online!
Omg it's like I've died and gone to Library Heaven


I want to EAT this library.

I could see this one in my house!
Oh wow folks we have a winner!

Which of these pics do you like?! Don't forget to link up to your library thursday posts!



Sunday, March 20, 2011

Music Monday: "Sonata for Cello & Piano in F minor" for The Bad Beginning

About the Book
"Make no mistake. The Bad Beginning begins badly for the three Baudelaire children, and then gets worse."

I read this book by Lemony Snicket years ago (as well as the other 12) and I loved the ridiculously dark humor. The story didn't seem to be set during modern times so I thought of  a classical piece for this week. Please enjoy Ravel's String Quartet in F Major.






About the Artist
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) was a French composer known for his innovative, virtuosic orchestral pieces whose tonality couldn't exactly be put in any certain category (somewhere between Impressionist and Modernist). In other words, he was like, super awesome and didn't want to confine himself to one specific way of creating music around the turn of the 19th century like all the other French composers. If you dig classical music as much as I do, check out some other pieces by Ravel or hit up this cool website with more info!

www.maurice-ravel.net


Saturday, March 19, 2011

LazyGirl's Week in Review 3/12-3/18

What's new, LazyGirl? Whoa-ooh-ooh-ooh! 
I read a bunch of books this week and am about to finish The Hunger Games trilogy & The Princess Diaries million-ogy. I'm also picking up some steam again now that I'm less busy with singing and stuff. So expect to see me back around, posting overly excited comments on your blogs ;)

Here's some of what you may've missed this week

Reviews: 

The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl
Holiday Princess by Meg Cabot
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Busted by Phil Bildner


Memes:
In My Mailbox March 13th Edition

Teaser Tuesday

Library Thursday Blog Hop

Follow Friday & Blog Hop



Other Stuff:





Thanks for checking me out! I hope you have a restful, book-filled weekend.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Follow Friday & Book Blogger Hop!

Book Blogger Hop
"Do you read only one book at a time, or do you have several going at once?"
If I can get a couple of books to compliment each other or complete contrast, I can read a few at a time. For example, if I'm reading something reallyyyyy sad, I'll read something light like one of the books from The Princess Diaries series.




Q. How did you come up with your blog name?

I felt like I wasn't going to read or review books at lightning speed like everyone else. I also started in the summer and was enjoying Lazy Summer days. AND I also like that Lazy has three letters from my real name. So you put that all together, divide it by 7, and that's how I came up with my blog name!

Thanks for stopping by, please take a look around. And if you like what you see, why don't ya make out friendship official and follow my blog! I'll do the same for yours :)

 

Book Review: Busted by Phil Bildner

Busted by Phil Bildner
Published: 2007, Simon & Schuster
Hardcover, 244 pages
Genre: Young Adult, high school drama
Borrowed from Library

It could be the senior class ski trip, or maybe it's the way you cope with the school bully, or how you entertain yourself in the world's most boring class. Every kid has some secret crime, something that they are afraid they'll get in trouble for. In Busted, four different stories take place throughout one year at Coldwater Creek High School and intertwine to show that no one, whether you are an honors student or the best athlete in school, is safe from getting busted.

I read this book so fast I had to check for the author's name. But it was an extremely quick read (read this in less than a day, even though I had work today). It takes place in a suburban high school called Coldwater Creek where 4 different scenarios show the raw realities of the seedy side of High School.

I'm not sure if this was a cautionary tale or an fairly graphic look of the underbelly of adolescence gone unchecked but whatever it was, I'm feeling kinda "m'eh" about it. Sure I didn't put it down or anything, and there were some shocking and interesting parts, but I'm not sure if anything was resolved. Listen, I'm all for a dark story but there's gotta be some sort of moral or some sort of SOMETHING that I could get from it.

Mini-spoilers ahead. The first scenario was the shortest and most shocking. There was a ski-trip and the kids planned to smoke up and drink, which two of the boys stayed behind to play video games. In the end, the kids smoking up got caught and when one of them went back to warn the other guys playing video games, those guys were hooking up with each other. I mean...I dunno if this was for shock factor or what, but the same homosexual boy showed up later in the story only to be brutal disfigured by the school bully when he tried to stand up for himself. So it's like, what is this book about really?

It also ends so abruptly that I'm not sure what the bottom line was. I guess I give Busted a 2 out of 4 stars. It's readable, but I don't say I suggested you read it.