Book Worm — May 2011 (Part 1)

Usually I’m constantly reading one book to the next with barely any break in between (like one night haha!) and then I’ll finally take a long break before reading books again. At least physical copies of books. While I get a break from those, I read stories that people have written online. Actually I’m taking a break right now after reading the first two books in the Hunger Games trilogy in succession. Kind of needed a break from the world Katniss lives in haha! Thought I’d ‘review’ some of the stuff I read.

I’m showing the cover of the most recent book I’ve read in the series but I’m only going to talk about the series in general/first book. I don’t want to spoil parts for people or else there’s no point in reading it haha :P Be aware that I do mention tiny points at the start of the book just like in my movie reviews so you know the premises of the book. I do not reveal major plots in the book though.

In the self-contained world of young Gilded Age Manhattan socialites, Elizabeth and Diana Holland reign supreme. Or so it seems. Scratch the surface, though, and you can detect festering jealousies that threaten to topple them. Elizabeth suffers a more literal fall when her carriage overturns and she is carried away by the swift East River current. That’s only the beginning of the action and suspense in The Luxe, the launch volume in a teen series by Anne Godbersen’s.

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PURCHASE?

Currently finished: Envy by Anna Godbersen (Book 3 in The Luxe series)

I was actually expecting a bit more from this series than what it actually was. Maybe because it’s a Young Adult book so it can’t be as scandalous as I was hoping for haha! In the book we are introduced to Elizabeth Holland and Penelope Hayes – two seemingly good friends but total opposites. Elizabeth Holland: the epitome of what a girl of class is supposed to be – great manners, good looks, and a virgin until marriage. Penelope Hayes: the girl whose family is new money, secretly (or maybe, not so secretly) devilish which also means she’s full of schemes to ensure she always gets what she wants. What happens when a man is placed between them? This man being Henry Schoonmaker. The very much sought after bachelor of New York.

Elizabeth Holland is forced into a marriage with Henry when money becomes sparse even though she already has someone she loves. Penelope will not stand to have her man taken away when she already has plans to be his wife. What will become of their friendship now? And what of Diana Holland, Elizabeth’s younger sister, who is adamant about pushing the rules of society.

For some reason the book just felt like it lacked a little from the characters. After a while I just got really tired of them. Everybody seemed like they were just puppy dogs in love but yet can’t be with the one they want. I just thought with the premises of the characters already set up, they author could’ve taken them a little more to the extreme. Instead they all fall short of the potential they held.

My friend actually told me to just continue it because after I read the second book I thought I’d just cut my losses and stop buying the rest of the series. She said it’ll get a bit better, but she agrees that she thought the character Penelope, could’ve been a little more evil to make things interesting. Maybe a 19th century Blair Waldorf from the show Gossip Girl, but not quite there?


Popular Gossip Girl character Jenny Humphrey is leaving Constance Billard to attend Waverly Academy, an elite boarding school in New York horse country where glamorous rich kids don’t let the rules get in the way of an excellent time. Jenny’s determined to leave her crazy Manhattan past behind and become a sophisticated goddess on campus. But first she’ll have to contend with her self-absorbed roommates, Callie Vernon and Brett Messerschmidt. Hot guys, new intrigue, and more delicious gossip all add up to more trouble than ever for Jenny. But if getting caught with boys and going up against the Disciplinary Committee is what it takes, Jenny’s ready. She’ll do all that and more to be The It Girl.

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PURCHASE?

Currently finished: Lucky created by Cecily von Ziegesar (Book 5 in the It Girl series)

It Girls starts where Gossip Girl left off with Jenny Humphrey. When Jenny Humphrey gets kicked out of Constance Billard she decides that it will be her chance to reinvent herself to become that much more similar to her idol Serena van der Woodsen. What better place to go to school than Waverly Academy – a boarding school just like Serena van der Woodsen. We’re introduced to new characters (Jenny’s new roommates): Callie Vernon – the all-American girl with blond hair and hazel eyes, who is the daughter of a politician mother – and Brett Messerschmidt – the prefect with noticeable features like her unexpected, signature dyed red hair and nouveau riche parents to boot at a school where everyone is practically old money.

All Jenny knows is that she got lucky when she got to room with the two most popular girls on campus after a small accident with room placement. Can she prove that she is worthy of being in the popular crew? Can she be the It Girl at Waverly Academy?

Although reading Gossip Girl would give a better background of Jenny’s character, it isn’t needed. The story can stand very much on its own. I actually kind of like reading this series when I just feel like I want to read something light and fast to get through LOL! It was also less Jenny-centered than I thought it would be. Not that that’s a bad thing because I like reading the other character’s dramas too haha.

Is it the greatest book in the world? No, but I think it pretty much met my expectations of it and kept me entertained. It Girl gives the readers a better sense of what the characters are thinking compared to Gossip Girl. In Gossip Girl, Serena’s thought process is pretty much unknown to the reader. We only got to know of Blair’s jealousy of Serena and always being stuck at #2. I think in It Girl the characters get the readers compassion a bit more because everyone has good qualities that let them redeem themselves.


Zara White suspects there’s a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She’s also obsessed with phobias. And it’s true, she hasn’t exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane…but Zara’s pretty sure her mom just can’t deal with her right now.

She couldn’t be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara’s overactive imagination. In fact, he’s still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There’s something not right – not human – in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara.

In this creepy, compelling breakout novel, Carrie Jones delivers romance, suspense, and a creature you never thought you’d have to fear.

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PURCHASE?

Currently Finished: Need by Carrie Jones (Book 1 in the Need Series)

After Zara White’s stepfather died, she shut herself off from feeling any sense of happiness. A white thread tied on her finger to remind her of a time when she still felt things while her dad was still alive. Helpless, her mother decided to send her off to Maine where her grandmother lives and where her stepfather grew up.

It’s there that she saw a man that she swore she saw back home. How is it possible that he could follow her all the way to Maine? Zara’s usual way of getting over things that scare her isn’t working – listing off different phobias isn’t making him go away. Soon Zara discovers the creepy man following her isn’t the only unusual character in the city of Maine. Are they friend or foe?

Sorry… I have a hard time summarizing this book or giving a good synopsis.. LOL. I felt like the book was very lackluster. I actually read a preview of it on Kindle before buying a physical copy of it. I thought it seemed interesting because the readers are introduced to Zara White who started the story by listing off phobias. That’s the character’s way of dealing with things she’s afraid of; by giving it a label it’s easier to getting over it. We are also quickly introduced to a character that had an ominous aura especially highlighted when the grandma told Zara to not go out late by herself because there had been a couple boys that have recently gone missing at night.

However, the book then turns a bit predictable and finally childish and…. weird haha! Seriously don’t even know how else to describe it. I think if anyone else has read this to the end of this book, they’d agree. The way they defeated the protagonist made me feel like maybe I should write a story about unicorn farting out a rainbow to save our lives. Some weird crap I pulled out of my bum to solve the problem in the story. Maybe it’s just me.. I don’t know. I’ll buy the second book to see how it keeps going though. I just didn’t really see how they could continue the story after???


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