Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Teen Idol Review

Teen IdolPublisher/Year: July 26th 2005 by HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult Romance
Format: Audiobook


The Back Cover:
High school junior Jenny Greenley is so good at keeping secrets that she's the school newspaper's anonymous advice columnist. She's so good at it that, when hotter-than-hot Hollywood star Luke Striker comes to her small town to research a role, Jenny is the one in charge of keeping his identity under wraps. But Luke doesn't make it easy, and soon everyone—the town, the paparazzi, and the tabloids alike—know his secret...and Jenny is caught right in the middle of all the chaos.

Why I Got The Book:
I've been a fan of  Meg Cabot since the Allie Finkle series I read in the 3rd grade. When I found out Meg Cabot had written a book about Hollywood actors (which I also love) I needed to read it (or listen to it) so I of course had to pick it up when I saw it was availablo

All of the characters were very transparent and not very layered. In other words they were boring.

  • Jenny Greenley
Jenny Greenley is the protaganist/ narrator of this story. I loved how (other than being Ask Annie) she is just a normal girl. Not popular, not an outcast. Not rich, not poor. You  get what I mean. 
  • Luke Striker
Luke Striker on the other hand is actually the opposite of normal. He is a world famous Hollywood actor, but Meg Cabot illustrated him differently than most Hollywood actors in YA books. He was not selfish, rude, a showoff or anything like that.

The romance was surprisingly enough my favorite part of the book. Without giving anything away; let's just say you will not expect the couples.

My Rating:
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3 out of 5 books

Who I Would Recommend This Book To:
Anybody who enjoys Meg Cabot and/or Hollywood Romance.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Weekly Reading Update

Sorry for MIA lately! My life has been very busy but I am definitely trying to get caught up!

I was sick last week so I had A LOT of downtime to read as you can see!

Last Week:

A Year at the Movies: One Man's Filmgoing Odyssey
For some of us, moviegoing is an occasional pleasure. Kevin Murphy made it his obsession, and he did it for you.                                                                                                                          
Mr. Murphy, known to legions of fans as Tom Servo on the legendary TV series Mystery Science Theater 3000, went to the movies every day for a year. That's every single   day, people. For a whole fricken' year. And not only did he endure, he prevailed -- for this is the hilarious, poignant, fascinating journal of his adventures: the first book about the movies from the audience's point of view. 

Come along on a joyous global celebration of the cinema with a man on a mission -- to spend A Year at the Movies.     

Vacation Under the Volcano (Magic Tree House, #13)

Jack and Annie are about to find out when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to the days of the Roman Empire. They arrive in Pompeii and soon discover that it is the very day the city will be destroyed. Now Jack and Annie must race against time to find an ancient library before it is buried in ash!


Oh Yeah, Audrey!

It’s 5:00 a.m. on Fifth Avenue, and 16-year-old Gemma Beasley is standing in front of Tiffany & Co. wearing the perfect black dress with her coffee in hand—just like Holly Golightly. As the cofounder of a successful Tumblr blog—Oh Yeah Audrey!—devoted to all things Audrey Hepburn, Gemma has traveled to New York in order to meet up with her fellow bloggers for the first time. She has meticulously planned out a 24-hour adventure in homage to Breakfast at Tiffany’s; however, her plans are derailed when a glamorous boy sweeps in and offers her the New York experience she’s always dreamed of. Gemma soon learns who her true friends are and that, sometimes, no matter where you go, you just end up finding yourself.Filled with hip and sparkling prose, Oh Yeah, Audrey! is as much a story of friendship as it is a love letter to New York, Audrey Hepburn, and the character she made famous: Holly Golightly.                      

The Mystery of the Dinosaur Bones (Cam Jansen Mysteries, #3)

Mysteries follow super-sleuth Cam Jansen everywhere she goes...even to the museum. Cam and her class are on a fild trip at the museum when Cam discovers that some bones are missing from a dinosaur skeleton. Can Cam find the bones and catch the thief? 

The Mystery of the Carnival Prize (Cam Jansen Mysteries, #9)


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Currently Reading:

The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia, #7)

Planned For This Week:

Baking Soda: Over 500 Fabulous, Fun, And Frugal Uses You've Probably Never Thought Of

Ballet Shoes (Shoes, #1)

Reading Goal:

6 books ahead of schedule

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Stalkin' The Future- Hachette Fall 2016/ Winter 2017

Stalkin' The Future is a new feature here on Julia's Finds, where I scour the  future catalogs of publishers trying to find books I may be adding to my wishlist. For this edition, I went through the Fall 2016/ Winter 2017 Hachette Catalogs.

Little Brown Readers:

The Power of When: Discover Your Chronotype--and the Best Time to Eat Lunch, Ask for a Raise, Have Sex, Write a Novel, Take Your Meds, and More

The Power of When: Discover Your Chronotype--and the Best Time to Eat Lunch, Ask for a Raise, Have Sex, Write a Novel, Take Your Meds, and More by Michael Breus, MD (September 13th, 2016) Goodreads

This is a unique self help book, in the way that instead of teaching you how to do something, but when. The book tells you the best times to do things, to reach your full potential. This seems so cool and I'm really interested!

The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss

----------------------------------------------------------------------------The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone (October 20th, 2016) Goodreads

This book is being described as Veronica Mars meets World of Warcraft, 'nuff said.

LBR For Young Readers:

The Sweetest Sound

The Sweetest Sound by Sherri Winston (January 3rd, 2017) Goodreads

The Sweetest Sound is about ten year old Cadence Jolly who has a beautiful voice, but she's just too shy to use it. It also seems to have themes such as loss, family, faith and following your heart.

Friday, August 26, 2016

P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia

P.S. Be Eleven (Gaither Sisters, #2)
P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams Garcia
Series: The Gaither Sisters (#2)
Publisher/Year: Published May 21st 2013 by Amistad
Genre: Middle Grade
Format: Audiobook
Source: Bought


The Back Cover:
After spending the summer in Oakland with their mother and the Black Panthers, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern arrive home with a newfound streak of independence, and the sisters aren't the only ones who have changed. Now Pa has a girlfriend. Uncle Darnell returns from Vietnam a different man. But Big Ma still expects Delphine to keep her sisters in line. That's much harder now that Vonetta and Fern refuse to be bossed around. Besides her sisters, Delphine's got plenty of other things to worry about-like starting sixth grade, being the tallest girl in her class, and dreading the upcoming school dance (her first). The one person she confides in is her mother, Cecile. Through letters, Delphine pours her heart out and receives some constant advice: to be eleven while she can.

My Thoughts:

As a sequel this book wasn't as good as the first one. But it was still pretty good. I listened to it as an audiobook (it was a good one by the way). 

The first book was such an experience. I was excited for this one. 

ILOVED to see the difference between the 6os in California and in Birminham

My Rating:

Who I Would Recommend It To:

I recommend this book to anyone who read the first book and anyone who enjoys reading about the civil rights movement.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland, #1)
Series: Fairyland
Publisher/Year: Published May 10th 2011 by Feiwel & Friends
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
Source: Gifted

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The Back Cover:
Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn’t . . . then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland. September is already making new friends, including a book-loving Wyvern and a mysterious boy named Saturday.

Honestly, my first aftershock was: finally. I couldn't take it anymore. This book drained on and on on.

My Thoughts:
I, personally, did not enjoy the book. Here are some pros and cons:


  • - This book was very uniquely writtten; Valente's writing style is extremely unique.
  • The story is so freakin' weird! In a good way. The story is neer before seen. There is another that I have EVER read in any other books.

  • Valente's style is great at first, but for me, it didn't work.
  • - This is actual a personal thing (and not the author's fault at all) but the vocabulary was far larger than mine.
  • - As I mentioned before; this book went on and on on! I got bored very easily!
  • - At first the specific description was very cool; but afterwards it would get boring and long!
  • - Honestly, I'm just not a big fantasy fan!


Who I Would Recommend It To:
I would recommend it to big fans of fantasy, and people with big vocabularies!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Not In The Script by Amy Finnegan

Not in the Script (If Only . . . #3)Series: If Only #3
Publisher/Year: October 7th 2014 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens 
Genre: Hollywood
Format: Arc
Source: Publisher

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The Back Cover
Millions of people witnessed Emma Taylor’s first kiss—a kiss that needed twelve takes and four camera angles to get RIGHT. After spending nearly all of her teen years performing on cue, Emma wonders if any part of her life is real anymore . . . particularly her relationships.

Jake Elliott’s face is on magazine ads around the world, but his lucrative modeling deals were a poor substitute for what he had to leave behind. Now acting is offering Jake everything he wants: close proximity to home; an opportunity to finally start school; and plenty of time with the smart and irresistible Emma Taylor . . . if she would just give him a chance.

When Jake takes Emma behind the scenes of his real life, she BEGINS to see how genuine he is, but on-set relationships always end badly. Don’t they? Toss in Hollywood’s most notorious heartthrob and a resident diva who may or may not be as evil as she seems, and the production of Coyote Hills heats up in unexpected—and romantic—ways.

Dang, this BOOK is good. I read this book fast. Not really giving myself time to breath. But this was because the book was so good. 

My Thoughts
I think the main reason that I enjoyed that I enjoyed this BOOK was because of the main theme: Hollywood. As you may or may not know; I'm an actress. Meaning that I'm always interested in books that talk about the business. 

The second theme is ya romance. *coughs* WHATAWHAT. 

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TWO of the best genres in one! I was so excited!

Of course; the book wasn't perfect. There were moments that I felt that were ''fake''. 

But come on; this was Amy's first! This is PROBABLY my favorite debut novel evahhh!

My Rating
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Who I Recommend It To
I recommend this BOOK to anyone who loves Hollywood and the biz. And anyone who is a fan of YA romance!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Always Abigail

Always, Abigail
Always Abigail by Shirley Halperin
Series: None
Publisher/Year: August 5th 2014 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Genre: Middle Grade
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher

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The Back Cover:
Abigail and her two best friends are poised for a life of pom-poms and popularity. But not only does Abigail end up in a different homeroom, she doesn't make the squad. Then everyone's least favorite teacher pairs Abigail up with the school's biggest outcast, Gabby Marco, for a year-long "Friendly Letter Assignment." Abigail can hardly believe her bad luck. As her so-called best friends and entire future of popularity seems to be slipping away, Abigail has to choose between the little bit of fame she has left or letting it go to be a true friend. 

I had no idea whatsoever it would be good. Honestly, when I got asked by the publisher to review this; it took me a while to know if I should actually say yes.
I thought that this would be just another middle school disaster story that everyone has read enough of.
But, it was better than most.

My Thoughts:
This is a quick, fun read. I read it in one sitting. Yes, it was one of those middle school disaster stories. Just like every other book; best friend ditches her. This time her best friend ditches her for the popular group. Cliche right?
But I did promise this book was better than the other middle school disaster books. And it was. That's because this book didn't drag on and on about how miserable Abigail was and blahblah.
I thought it was very unique to have the book told entirely in lists. A cool spin on the usual diary type books.
Also, Abigail was relateable. Come on guys; who didn't have a best friend who ditched you?