Monday, December 29, 2008
AUTHOR: Stefan Petrucha
OVERALL RATING: 5/5
Caleb Dunne is a major slacker. Everything slides past him un-noticably. He lives with his mom and grandpa, barely making ends-meet, Caleb, barely making it out of high-school. He is known as the one that destroyed the gym when it was in the middle of being rebuilt. After being spotted by Al-den, his "reputation", not only being known as a major slacker, but a disgrace to the school. Destroying the hopes of a new gym.
But he knows he did nothing. He ran because he didn't want to be blamed.
Then Vicky invites him to join The Rule Of One club. A club that meets and discuss what they want or "Crave" in life, and how to get it just by chanting, and believing without having to work for it. Of course, you had to read The Rule of Won to fully understand the club, and that is exactly what Caleb does. In hope that after wishing people would begin to talk to him, and not look at him as a kid that ruined the school's gym, he joins. Not expecting the worse.
At first it sounds too good. How could you just wish for something, and truly believe getting it without working for it is possible? Well, half of the school does. Even teachers wear the club pin.
Ethan is the leader of the club. Teaching the growing club how to iManifest what you want. And then "poof," you'll get it. But something is weird about Ethan. The way he smiles about all of the things they wish for. Evil. Greedily. And even the club is getting a little weird. Some, saying they will bring weapons to school for protection, Cravers forcing non-cravers to chant with them.
but everything they wish for comes true. The money for the school to rebuild the gym, the basket ball game, and everyone getting A's on their math finals. But it comes with a price.
Caleb knows that it was all coincidence when the opposite team loses to a flu epidemic, and SNH wins the game, and when the grant for SNH's money was talked about before Ethan and The Crave wished and chanted for it. But what happened when everyone got A's on their math tests? The math teacher was in a wreck, barely making it. The test was cancelled. Everyone had to retake an easier test by an easier teacher, one that everyone could ace.
After all, you want whatever happens to you deep inside. Even if it is killing yourself. And that is what almost happens to Erica, one of Caleb's best friends. She feels guilty about wishing for an A on the final, not knowing that it would come with a price. She tries to commit suicide. After all, she did want that deep inside, didn't she?
When befriending Moore (the one who said he destroyed the gym), and the rest of the newspaper staff, they begin to know something is weird about this Ethan and his Cravers. But what?
Does the Newspaper crew know something, the Cravers dont? And what's up with those amazing drawing Ethan's sister draws for the crave? Did the math teacher really just Get into a weck, or did someone make it happen to form the Crave into something realistic?
It will all end in one battle, between the cravers, and the non-believers. The school students will turn against each other, whether it involves blood or not. The Cravers will Rule the school.
I absolutely loved this book. It was far different than anything I have ever read. The plot kept me going, surprises on every page. The whole line of the story was extraordinary, and was one adventure I will never forget. It seemed so realistic, and I felt as if I were there. One thing I didn't care for though, was the ending. I could predict some of it, but there were surprises included as well. I liked the beginning, how it started with Alyssa's, Ethan's sister, point of view on her brother's insanity. She goes against him the whole time he is with The Rule of Won, and I really liked her courage for doing so. This story was simple, and fun to read. It was an easy flowing plot that kept the reader turning page after page, waiting to see what would happen next. I highly recommend this book. It was packed with mystery, adventure, secrets, and humor.
TAGS: Revolt, mystery, clubs, humor, young adult, slacker, teen, high-school, secrets, fun, 5, reccomend.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
First off, I want to thank the amazing authors of this helpful book, Dave and Lillian Brummet, for letting me review this for them. Thanks!
This book is more of a guide to helping you save money, while helping the economy by recycling, and reusing things that usually end up in the trash. There were many interesting, and helpful facts that made me realize there is more litter destroying this earth than I thought. I also learned how to reuse everday things, for different jobs. Here are a few fascinating facts I learned from Trash Talk:
- A glass bottle thrown away yesterday littering an area could still be littering the landscape in year 3000.
- You can even recycle bars of soap! Gather all of the unuseful pieces of soap into a recycling jar. When you have enough to put to use, blend them slowly in a blender. Add small amounts of water until it consists of a pudding-like mixture. Once it dries you can reuse it as soap to wash hands, cars, or anything else that needs washing!
- Tires are a biggy. A fact from the book tells the reader that approximatly 3.8 million tires were generated in 1995. 17.5% were recycled.
- Of all the worlds water, 97% is salt water, 2% is trapped in polar ice and underground springs, and 1% is actually available for human use (drinking and such)
- On average, a north american sink uses 8 gallons of water a day.
- 247,000 acres of forest are used just for newspapers.
- You can scare away birds when you have a fruit tree beginning to grow by stinging unwanted CD's from the tree. The reflected light scares them without harming them.
- You can reuse unwanted caps or corks for missing game-board pieces.
- You can reuse umbrellas by taking the fabric off the top and hang it up to dry soaked/wet clothes.
- You can reuse birthday/greeting/ cards by taking off the front that is not written on and use it as a post-card.
- You can help the earth and your money budget by planting a tree! When planting a tree by your house, the shade cools your house by 3-7 degrees, saving you money by less air conditioning money.
- By recycling, you can keep the earth and land healthy, and your tourism status. Attract tourists by keeping your earth clean, and make money too.
- Egg shells can be added to a compost bin for healthy soil.
Overall, I did enjoy this book. It taught me a lot of interesting facts and ideas about the environment and helping it. There was enough of everything to keep the reader interested, and not make them bord with a book like this. I loved it!
Friday, December 26, 2008
Hey everyone! I am so sorry! I totally forgot it was Friday! =(
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Monday, December 22, 2008
Answer: Well, the concept began 1998 during a discussion with one of the clients of a business I was running then serving the upper middle class. She was ashamed to be seen taking in returnable items (i.e. soda and alcohol containers) because her friends would see her as a “scrooge”. The same thing with getting second hand children’s Halloween costumes – she just couldn’t be seen doing that either. She could see the sense in it, but because her family could afford more she just couldn’t see herself doing these kinds of conscious living activities. But then when the recycling blue box pick up service started in her neighborhood she just had to have that box out there so her neighbors could see she was participating. It was then that I realized that society needed to be shown that waste management was not always a matter of money, it is certainly not about false pride; its about leaving a lasting legacy and living a conscious lifestyle. So when a course I was taking on writing had an assignment on nonfiction articles the Trash Talk articles were born. That column ran for nearly 8 years and was published internationally. Dave helped at every turn in the journey, he was my counselor and supporter, but also my editor and proofreader. Eventually we decided a book was in order and we compiled all of the articles, along with more than 140 resources and a lot of additional information into the book Trash Talk. So all of the information took about 10 years to get to the stage we see in the book now.
Q: Where did you find all of the sources for your research?
Answer: We were both raised by very conscious living parents; their every day activities involved reuse – seeing value in something that would normally be looked at as useless. With that kind of background, it was easy for us to continue the lifestyle when Dave and I began our life as a couple. Over the years we have been members of a variety of organizations such as the Canadian Wildlife Federation, Granby Wilderness Society, Seeds of Diversity, the Recycling Counsel of BC and Zero Waste San Diego. These organizations, among dozens of others, proved to be invaluable along the way. The Internet is the key to any writer’s career; anything you want to know is there.
Answer: I have several short fiction stories in the works now, but no – neither of us have written fiction as part of our career just yet. Dave has amazing talent with fiction and has several fantastic projects he’s been working on – but time is always a factor for us so these projects are often set aside for months on end. Non-fiction is the most lucrative market for most freelance writers and it is how we began our career, which lead into 3 published books and hosting two radio programs… who knows where we’ll go from here? J
Q: Was it hard to have 2 people writing the same book?
Answer: Not at all. I know a lot of folks might cringe at the idea of working with their spouse, but balance is really the key. Understanding each other’s strengths and knowing when to use them will keep the relationship going. For instance, the research and information gathering, the outline, first and second manuscript drafts are often my responsibility. Dave comes in and works magic with the words, using humor and reaching the audience in a way that it seems we are simply having a cup of coffee and a nice discussion with them – rather than telling them how to do something. His editing, proofreading and rewriting skills are essential to every piece that leaves the office. Dave is a talented musician and is also quite gifted with graphics and photographs – so he handles the CD or book cover designs, various ads, images that accompany our articles and maintains our main website as well (http://www.brummet.ca/). I do most of the marketing – handling the contacts, keeping track of who needs to be followed up on and setting aside all our records in an orderly way so that Dave can prepare our books for the accountant. I handle the blog, newsletter, myspace site as well as the networking, social networking, and hosting activities for our 2 radio shows. So you see, we work well together because we know how to divvy up the chores and get things done without stepping on each other.
Q: How much did you write a day in general?
Answer: An excellent question. How long I spend writing varies. For the creation of a book like Trash Talk I was writing, editing, rewriting or researching for the book 6-10 hours a day, 6 days per week for almost a year. Once the manuscript was done, there was very little writing for that project except for the query letters, press releases and other items that come about with the marketing end of things.
Q: What are some other things you do to save money, and the environment that you didn't include in Trash Talk?
Answer: Certainly – the book was really only the beginning. In fact the Trash Talk column continued 3 years after the book was published and we could still be writing it today, if we hadn’t decided to move on to other writing activities. With that in mind I suppose one could say there is enough material for a sequel to the book. J For our everyday life – with every project, we look at how we can reuse something rather than purchasing a new product. For instance we gleaned used wood to create more than 1/2 the fencing around our property. The scraps from that project were used to build the raised flowerbeds that now surround our cement pad patio area. We upgraded our car by leasing the safest and most environmental car available that fit our budget. We upgraded our bikes so that we can continue to use them rather then the car whenever the weather allows. For the holiday gift giving season this year we created trays of mixed cookies, cakes and balls; meals of lasagna, stew or enchiladas; and home made ornaments. To present these gifts, we placed them in reusable containers and homemade reusable gift boxes and gift bags.
Q: When you were younger, did you learn basic steps to saving the environment?
Answer: Well sort of. Neither of our parents are environmentalists and both of our parents are just now getting on the recycling systems in the cities where they reside. However we just sort of felt that living that way was right for us and the more we learned to be more environmental, the more we felt at ease in this life. Being gardeners played a huge role in how we felt about the environment. One can see the direct impact of small changes in a micro system, and one can also benefit by being exposed to the myriad and variables of the life there. We grow everything organically – we even build the soil we grow in with healthy compost and worm castings – amending only with kelp meal and a few minerals.
Dave and I both love the environment itself. I was constantly being called off of the mountains by my mother when I was young – being told to get down from the tree or to come into the house. Dave and I found we love to do soft impact activities, meaning we leave very little footprint when canoeing, hiking or mountain biking. When outdoors, we tend to clean up trails and streams, lakes and beaches… and this led to the lifestyle we have today.
Q: What would you say to someone that just littered in front of you?
Answer: It would depend on the situation I suppose. For me it isn’t about pointing fingers and making judgments or accusations… it is about taking personal responsibility. How much better am I if I decide to walk past that item the person just dropped? However, to answer your question, if it was a friend – I’d confront them with their unconscious action in as kind of a way as possible. Some people just haven’t considered the impact that they have. If it the individual was a stranger I’d probably just pick the item up and dispose of it in the recycling bin. The fact that I took action will not be lost on those around me, whether I decide to make a speech or not. They will see me picking up that garbage and that will spark change in their lives. It might sound corny but it is totally true! Let me tell you this story…
About 9 or 10 years ago I started cleaning up the streets around my neighborhood while walking the dog we had then, and was very shy about doing so. I tried to time it so I was out when my neighbors were at work or when they’d be the least likely to see me – or I’d make Dave come out with me. Eventually the work I was doing spread out a little further and I was cleaning by some busier roads. I often worried what those people driving by must be thinking. Then one day I was approached by a neighbor who said she thought what I was doing was wonderful. Then someone drove by and said a similar thing. Soon I realized that some of the garbage I had seen earlier, but hadn’t gotten yet had been removed… and then I noticed this happening time and time again, even on trails where I thought no one was aware that clean up projects had been done. You see, what happened was that people had witnessed the actions we were taking and began taking action themselves because they could see the direct result of it first hand. I didn’t say a thing to anyone - didn’t lecture them about having litter on their property line… didn’t leave little notes on their doors – I just cleaned it up.
Q: What is some advice you would give to anyone that wants to become an author?
Answer: The best advice any author could receive is: Do your research. Whatever stage you are at, whatever you are facing – research it. Find out the details from other authors and research the person or business you hope to work with. Find out what their guidelines and policies are, make a note of the person you will be dealing with. Provide them with exact and complete information.
Always research your market and query them in a professional manner before sending a finished product. Doing it right is essential - there is but little chance to make an impression with a reviewer, editor, reader or publication. However, even with the best of preparation you will be caught off guard or unprepared. Don't sweat it too much if you make a mistake. Think of it as a lesson.
Q: What inspired you most to write about this topic?
Answer: I felt compelled to leave a real legacy – I realized, through a series of accidents, that all one’s degrees and acquirements, their finances or careers… all of it can be taken away in seconds… and what was that person’s efforts worth? What was their value… the reason why they survived and are here today? These are the driving questions that lead me to reach for new ways of creating positive change in this life.
With deeper understanding into the incredible value of individual actions and how little we realized our value as an individual – I was driven even further. I read a study that said that 66% of us would do more positive actions in life if we really felt that it had a measurable impact. Society is so depressed, we feel bombarded by negativity and yet by taking positive action our emotions become elevated and we feel better about life. At the same time, by taking direct action on a daily basis we save money around the home and office, easing financial burdens.
So with this understanding I have felt compelled to continue this project of reaching others, showing them how they can make a real and measurable difference. I am energized when I find a new way of revealing how waste management –even simple things like composting- has a profound impact on the planet. That is why I’m so excited about our Conscious
Discussions talk radio program – it offers us a whole new way of reaching people giving our life meaning by doing so
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Monday, December 8, 2008
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Overall, I really didnt care for this book. Some particualiar stories were pretty good, others pointless. No meaning. Usually there was a message that went along with each story, but some were harder to catch. An example would be The One thing I'm good at. It had no meaning at all, and I was a little disapointed. The first one, Mud-Colored Beauties of The Plaines. It began of an amazing discovery of a mysteries sea creature. And how it survived and such. Bad hands get ahold of the creature, and let it escape, and there was no message. This one story probably was one of the best though. I had a really hard time getting through this book. Some of the stories could hardly finish. I wouldnt really recommend this book.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Thanks so much for Writer's Block Reviews for awarding me for my blog!
Since I was awarded, I am going to pass it on to 7 other hard working bloggers! Here they are!
1) Jessica at Chick-Lit Teens for helping me so much with my blog! She has worked super hard on her own blog as well!
2) The Story Siren because her reviews are so great, no matter what her rating is, the reviews make you want to read the book!
3) Oriental Desires because she has such an amazing blog, including those awesome reviews! Keep it up!
4) Bookluver-Carol because she too, has helped me out tons, and she is very kind!
5) The Page Flipper because her site is very simple, and easy to follow up on! I love the name of her blog too!!!
6) Another Page Is Used because she is very kind and fun to talk to, and she has an outstanding blog!!!
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7!) Lauren's Crammed Book Shelf because she has such an amazing blog, filled with amazing reviews! Always reading the latest books! Great job!
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Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Title: Buggy Crenshaw And The Bungler's Paradox
You're about to enter a world where imagination can be your best friend or your worst enemy."
Buggy Crenshaw was meant to save the world. Her mom always tells her that before dreams fill her mind during the night hours. But little does she know, that is not a lie.
After moving to Lloyds Hollow, it wasnt an accident moving there. She was meant to live there. She was summoned there! By the magical world that lies within Lloyds Hollow. In a world where magic exists, Buggy Crenshaw, and imaginative 12 year old girl, enters a world that is about to be taken over by the dark side. She meets Sid and Veronica, 2 best friends that already have there Talismans, a creature to help them with magic. Learning about the stolen portico, that controls almost evething within Lloyds Hollow, she is sent out on an adventure to rescue it and put it safetly back into the hands of The Greater Good. Mysteries unleash in this adventerous novel. Will the Greater Good be taken over by the bad? Will the world end forever?
I really liked this book, but some parts were hard to get through, or too fake. I liked the imagination part, because it is something different. There was a lot of adventure, maybe too much for a reader to handle. I liked the twists and turns on every page, and since there is a sequel, I cannot wait to see what happens!!!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
TITLE: Living Dead Girl
OVERALL REVIEW: 5/5, amazing!!
Once upon a time, I was a little girl who disappeared. Once upon a time, my name was not Alice. Once upon a time, I didn't know how lucky I was.
At the age of ten, a menacing kidnapper took Alice. The last place Alice was before her life changed forever was the field trip she was so excited about. She would get to see sea Creatures, wearing her very first lip gloss, talking and laughing with friends. Her life was normal. Until she met Ray. Disguising himself as a helper, he took her when she got stranded from her friends. But he was not returing her. Instead she would be taken away from her life full of friends, joy, and everything that she was used to.
As Ray took her away from her life, she didnt understand the pain and suffering she would soon go through. Her name changed from Kyla to Alice, and her life changed as well. Abuse, no education, and starvation. Her life on a daily basis.
Until all changed. Having forced to look for a new little girl for Ray to haunt was a daily chore. Spying at the local park, many girls play with there friends, stupid girls, Alice calls them. They dont realize how fast their life could change in a second. And thats when Alice finds Annabel. Also her brother Jake. They visit the park almost everyday. Jake's life is falling apart, and Annabel just gazes up to the sky, swinging as high as she can. Free. Alice tells Ray she has found the perfect girl for him. And thats when their plan goes into play. At the park, all 4 of them are their. But Jake knows something is up with Alice. Her looks, her physical being, and the sadness in her eyes. Alice thinks that when Ray gets Annabel, he will let her go. But will he do what he did to the last Alice? Or will Jake save her and let her return to 623 Daisy Lane?
There are not enough words to explain the feeling I get from this book. Mixed emotions run through each page, some wanting you to tear it up, but leaving you hanging. I hated Ray. And in a way, I hated Alice. But I felt sorry for her, because I couldn't save her. No one should ever go through what Alice had gone through. I hated and loved this book. If that makes sense. The feelings that Alice expressed were real. Almost too real. Threats, abuse, and hate fill this book. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone under 14. This book will be talked about, as Ellen Hopkins says. And she is right.
TAGS: Child abuse, Sad, Hate, realistic fiction, girl, kidnapper, free, dreaming, life
Sunday, November 9, 2008
There were many pro's and Cons to Mercury Mountain. I thought there was too much sarcasm in this book, along with some unbelievable events. Such as a thirteen year old girl knowing so much about the environment, It was kind of amusing to read. But, it did have plenty of adventure and kept the reader waiting to see what happens next in most of the events. Some though, dragged on, and werent so amusing. Other wise, this was a one of a kind book, and I guess would recommend. But it is not a must read book.TAGS: earth, recycle, action, mystery, car, adventure, science, "go green"
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
AUTHOR: Ben Furman
OVERALL REVIEW: 3 1/2, good
Thursday, October 9, 2008
I liked this book. But in the middle it was slow, almost to slow. In a way it went too fast also. The suspence was good, and I enjoyed the surprising ending. But it wouldnt be a book I would recommend. TAGS: ghosts, horror, haunting, scary, death, fiction, teenage, graves, murder, exciting, fun, good, creepy, girl, love, book
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
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Monday, September 22, 2008
TITLE: Savvy Girl
OVERALL RATING: 3 1/2- good
I liked this book a lot. It had humor and real life issues in it. It was an exciting read, and I would recommend it to any of you who like humorous, and fun books. I rate it 4/5!!!!! I liked it a lot!!!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
This is a story about a "gang" of friends and brothers, who are more like family than anything. But living with a label, The Greasers, makes them stick together through anything. The Greasers and Socs. are rivals, with the Greasers being more lower class, living on anything they could put to good use, and the Socs. getting everything handed to them without working for it. The Greasers stick together through this epic novel, even with one death. The story unravels through PonyBoys point of view, a member of the Greasers. This story holds the life of a real teen, and everyday struggles. For those who get beaten at home, or feel as if they dont feel loved at home. it shows how a group of boys overcome the most, and stick together. And that is true friendship.
I thought this book was pretty good. The feeling was real, and the setting was also real. The Outsiders novel made me feel lucky that I am who I am, and I dont live with a label. The end was heart-breaking though. I couldnt bare to lose someone I was close to. I really enjoyed getting lost in this book!
TAGS: gang, friends, sad, greasers, socs., action.
Friday, September 12, 2008
TAGS: action, science, fun, discovery, amazing, end of the world.