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Sunday, July 12, 2009

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Briana: This week was better than last week! I bought two books that I've been wanting for a while and borrowed a book from a friend.


The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

After years of frequent moves following her mother’s death, Chloe Saunders’s life is finally settling down. She is attending art school, pursuing her dreams of becoming a director, making friends, meeting boys. Her biggest concern is that she’s not developing as fast as her friends are. But when puberty does hit, it brings more than hormone surges. Chloe starts seeing ghosts–everywhere, demanding her attention. After she suffers a breakdown, her devoted aunt Lauren gets her into a highly recommended group home.

At first, Lyle House seems a pretty okay place, except for Chloe’s small problem of fearing she might be facing a lifetime of mental illness. But as she gradually gets to know the other kids at the home–charming Simon and his ominous, unsmiling brother Derek, obnoxious Tori, and Rae, who has a “thing” for fire–Chloe begins to realize that there is something that binds them all together, and it isn’t your usual “problem kid” behaviour. And together they discover that Lyle House is not your usual group home either...

This sounds like it can definitely be a creepy read! I don't think I've ever read something that really scared me, so I'm excited to experience a new type of genre!

Wake by Lisa McMann

Not all dreams are sweet.

For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.

She can't tell anybody about what she does — they'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can't control.

Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant....

I've heard nothing but amazing things about this book and it's supposed to be a creepy read, which I want to try! I also love all of the covers for this series.


L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad

Los Angeles is all about the sweet life: hot clubs, cute guys, designer . . . everything. Nineteen-year-old Jane Roberts can't wait to start living it up. She may be in L.A. for an internship, but Jane plans to play as hard as she works, and has enlisted her BFF Scarlett to join in the fun.

When Jane and Scarlett are approached by a producer who wants them to be on his new series, a "reality version of Sex and the City," they can hardly believe their luck. Their own show? Yes, please!

Soon Jane is TV's hottest star. Fame brings more than she ever imagined possible for a girl from Santa Barbara—free designer clothes, the choicest tables at the most exclusive clubs, invites to Hollywood premieres—and she's lapping up the VIP treatment with her eclectic entourage of new pals. But those same friends who are always up for a wild night are also out for a piece of Jane's spotlight.

In a city filled with people chasing after their dreams, it's not long before Jane wakes up to the reality that everyone wants something from her, and nothing is what it seems to be.

L.A. Candy is a deliciously entertaining novel about what it's like to come of age in Hollywood while starring in a reality TV show, written by a girl who has experienced it all firsthand: Lauren Conrad

A girl from work lent me this book since she couldn't even get through it. I'm curious to know if I'll enjoy it or not. At least Lauren Conrad is doing something more respectful with her life than Heidi (Montag) Pratt, who is modeling for Playboy... but tweets about how much she loves God every 5 minutes? Confusing. What ever happened to "Your body is a temple."?

DVDs (for New Movie Monday):

“Push” is a sci-fi thriller that takes us into the secret world of psychic espionage. Our hero in the movie “Push” is Nick Gant (Chris Evans), a young man whose father was genetically altered to be the perfect government assassin. After the brutal murder of his father, Nick swears revenge on the agency that created him. Hidden in the underworld of Hong Kong, Nick assembles a group of rogue psychics to defeat Division, the covert agency responsible for creating and experimenting with psychic drugs for decades. Nick teams up with Cassie Holmes (Dakota Fanning), a thirteen-year-old girl who can see the future, to track down a missing girl and a stolen suitcase that could potentionally bring the downfall of Division — the key to their mutual revenge. Combining their skills, they outwit assassins and learn about Division’s latest secret weapon — a powerful and new experimental drug called R16, which could shift the tides of psychic warfare. The movie “Push” was filmed on location in Hong Kong. “Push” is a Summit Entertainment theatrical release.

This week I was so excited because there were two DVDs that I actually wanted to watch, and of course, Push was one of them. I watched this movie already so expect a review tomorrow!

In 1958, as part of the dedication ceremony for a new elementary school, a group of students is asked to draw pictures to be stored in a time capsule. But one mysterious girl fills her sheet of paper with rows of apparently random numbers instead. Fifty years later, a new generation of students examines the capsule's contents and the girl's cryptic message ends up in the hands of young Caleb Koestler. But it is Caleb's father, professor John Koestler, who makes the startling discovery that the encoded message predicts with pinpoint accuracy the dates, death tolls and coordinates of every major disaster of the past 50 years. As John further unravels the document's chilling secrets, he realizes the document foretells three additional events -- the last of which hints at destruction on a global scale and seems to somehow involve John and his son. When John's attempts to alert the authorities fall on deaf ears, he takes it upon himself to try to prevent more destruction from taking place. With the reluctant help of Diana Wayland and Abby Wayland, the daughter and granddaughter of the now-deceased author of the prophecies, John's increasingly desperate efforts take him on a heart-pounding race against time until he finds himself facing the ultimate disaster -- and the ultimate sacrifice.

I watched this movie last night, so expect a review tomorrow!

(Arielle and Marisa may post later)


  1. Wake is sitting on my shelf waiting to be read. Oh, and I definitely want to read L.A. Candy! I hadn't read the description before now.


  2. I watched Push the other day and I loved it but I can't wait to hear what you think of it! Not too sure about Knowing though...

  3. I want to watch both of those movies. I've heard good things about both. Also, The Summoning is sooooo good!

    Enjoy everything you guys. =D

  4. Great books you got this week. Also, Knowing is a great movie. Enjoy.

  5. I've been wondering about the Summoning. I'll have to wait for a review to see if I get it. :) Wake is really great so I hope you enjoy it. I want to see both of those movies. Happy reading and watching.

    - Alex

  6. I have Wake, but want to read The Summoning!

  7. I'm deciding whether or not to read LA Candy or not...you'll have to tell me how it is!


  8. Great week! Hope you enjoy Wake. I got the Push DVD too, it looks really good! (did you get a holographic slipcase with yours?)

  9. Great boook!
    I loved both the Dark Powers series and the Wake series! They were AH-MAY-ZING!

    And yes, I am loving Alyzon Whitestarr right now.

  10. The Summoning and Wake are both fantastic. Enjoy!


  11. I really enjoyed Wake, hopefully you like it! I liked Push, but The Knowing didn't really work for me (hopefully you enjoy it, though)

  12. how do u get ur dvds? netflix? cuz i love me some netflix!


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