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Point Horror: The Boyfriend by R.L. Stine

Summary: Too bad about Dex. He was in love with Joanna. She broke up with him. And then he died.
Joanna's sorry, of course. But it's not her fault he's dead, is it? Besides, she never loved him. Boys are just toys, to be used and thrown away.
But this time, Joanna's gone too far. Because Dex is back. From the dead. For one last date with her... (Back of the Book)
I know. You already know she's going to be a pain but it'll be good. Just read on. This is a different speed then the Goosebumps. This is more for teenagers. Joanna is the girlfriend of Dex who is a theatrical person. He doesn't have close to as much money she does. She didn't used to be so money grubbing. It might have been after her father left with another woman. She has been so bitter. She watches Dex from a distance. She wants to watch him squirm. She doesn't feel anything for him anymore and wants to have a little fun with him. She's standing him up and she's watching it all pla…

Goosebumps #60: Werewolf Skin by R.L. Stine

Happy Halloween! It has finally arrived and I'll be posting the last reviews for the R.L. Stine Highlight. Hope you enjoy!
Summary: Alex Hunter, a young photographer, is staying with his aunt and uncle in Wolf Creek. They only have two rules for him: don't go into the woods late at night, and stay away from the creepy house next door. But Alex can't resist trying to take a couple of pictures, late at night, when the moon is full. (Goodreads)
Give us our skins! Give us our skins!
Alex is staying with his aunt and uncle for a couple of weeks even though he hasn't seen them for eight years. They're photographers and travel all around. He wants to be a photographer as well. The couple of weeks he has with them have a special holiday in it. It's Halloween! Alex wants to be a werewolf. He almost gets seriously injured because of the surprise on his Uncle Colin face. He nearly swerves into another car. Uncle Colin and Aunt Marta have a quick conversation amongst themselv…

Goosebumps #10: The Ghost Next Door by R.L. Stine

Summary: Hannah's neighborhood has gotten a little weird since the new boy moved in next door. He just keeps disappearing--and he's so pale. Is Hannah being haunted by--the ghost next door? (Goodreads)
Hannah just woke up from a dream filled with flames and is happy to be alive in what has been a boring summer. Her friends haven't contacted her the whole summer! She has had to hang around her house with her two twin six year old brothers Herb and Bill who find everything hilarious. Her mother and father don't really pay too much attention to her but they are not really that much in the whole story.
Hannah just walks outside and Bam! she was crashed into by Danny the new neighbor next door. The new neighbor that she had never met before... the new neighbor that just appeared one day out of nowhere... Danny is a mystery to Hannah. Who is this boy? He's in the same grade so how come I've never met him or any of his friend's? His two friends who like to get in t…

Goosebumps #45: Ghost Camp by R.L. Stine

Summary: The joke's on them! Harry and his brother, Alex, are dying to fit in at Camp Spirit Moon. But the camp has so many weird traditions. Like the goofy camp salute. The odd camp greeting. And the way the old campers love to play jokes on the new campers. Then the jokes start to get really serious. Really creepy. Really scary. First a girl sticks her arm in the campfire. Then a boy jams a pole through his foot. Still, they're just jokes . . . right?(Goodreads)
Harry and Alex Altman are going to summer camp. They are sometimes called the Altman twins because of their incredible likeness in the way that they appear. They both have straight black hair and dark brown eyes. They are also the same height even though Harry is one year older than Alex. The books narrator is Harry by the way. Harry is the athletic one while Alex is a singer.
Now they are on their way to Camp Spirit Moon. They are the only ones on the bus. It's unfortunate that they are the only ones on the bus b…

Ghost Camp: the cover

I've got a bone to pick with this cover. It illustrates what it's about but it is completely wrong! The campers wear all white and the main characters are two boys. Not a girl. It looks like the illustrator didn't read the book. I know. Silly thing to have a problem with. Well folks now you know what R.L. Stine book I'll be highlighting next so watch out for it!

Goosebumps #54: Don't Go To Sleep by R.L. Stine

Summary: It's a no-snooze situation! Matt hates his tiny bedroom. It's so small it's practically a closet! Still, Matt's mom refuses to let him sleep in the guest room. After all, they might have guests. Some day. Or year. Then Matt does it. Late one night. When everyone's in bed. He sneaks into the guest room and falls asleep. Poor Matt. He should have listened to his mom. Because when Matt wakes up, his whole life has changed. For the worse. And every time he falls asleep, he wakes up in a new nightmare. . . .(Goodreads)
The first R.L. Stine review! Matthew Amsterdam (Matt) is a 12 year old "geek" or so called by his older brother and sister Greg and Pam. It all starts off with him getting hit on the head with a Star Trek poster while looking for one of his favorite books - Ant Attack on Pluto. It's kind of funny that book because it mentions how Pluto is a planet. Poor Pluto. I still consider you a planet. He's tripping all over the place becaus…

Update #3

So finally it's time for the week of R.L. Stine Author Highlight. I was supposed to start yesterday... sorry about that! But I'm starting today. Yay!.... So stay tuned for a whole week of R.L. Stine books with maybe a couple of regular books in between. Hope you enjoy them. (:

Amulet: Book One - The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi

Summary: After a family tragedy, Emily, Navin, and their mother move to an old ancestral home to start a new life. On the family's very first night in the mysterious house, a strange noise lures them into the basement, where Em and Navin's mom is kidnapped by a humongous, tentacled creature and dragged down behind the basement door. The kids give chase down a twisty spiral stairway and find themselves in a strange and magical world below. Most surprising of all, it seems that their great-grandfather, who was an inventor and puzzle maker, was there before them – and he's left some unfinished business.Now it's up to Em and Navin to figure out how to set things right and save their mother's life! (Goodreads)Before I start reviewing I'm just going to let you know that Amulet is a graphic novel. I've only read Batman ones so this was an interesting experience fore me.
Emily loses her father in a car accident while on there way to pick up her brother Navin. Two Yea…

Update #2

Now it's time to read a marathon of....................................PERCY JACKSON! If you haven't read them yet don't read the other posts so you don't mess anything up for yourself! If you haven't read it hopefully I can convince you to read them. They are quite fantastic. I guess I've always liked Greek Mythology because I loved these books but if you don't really know about Greek Mythology you will. This book is hilarious as well so.... *sigh* this is such a fantastic series. Hopefully I can be able to show you how great it truly is. I'm kind of worried because I remember most of it so it's not as great as it was the first. That's like a fact unless you completely forget what happened in the book. I'm going to try to do all the posts after I do the R.L. Stine Highlight. I'm thinking I might do a highlight on a character or a God after I review each book. Maybe background info. I might also rant about the movies. I don't know. A…

Cover Love: I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone

Isn't this cover beautiful!? I love covers that are photographs. I love photographers. Every cover that has a picture are always fantastic.... usually. This one just nailed it on it's head. The splash of color on the bottom is perfect. The boots she wears are so hers. (The main characters) This book talks about punk rock and that means the cover has to emulate that but also the life of the character and this cover does just fine. (: I love black. It makes anyone wearing it look awesome so by default I kind of have to love this cover. Of course there has to be more than that and this cover has It. Check out my review on it coming really soon! I mean it. I already have it ready. It's a real good book.
*Edit* Ooops! Since I wrote it before Divergent it came out before it. Sorry about the confusion!

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Summary: Beatrice "Tris" Prior has reached the fateful age of sixteen, the stage at which teenagers in Veronica Roth's dystopian Chicago must select which of five factions to join for life. Each faction represents a virtue: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. To the surprise of herself and her selfless Abnegation family, she chooses Dauntless, the path of courage. Her choice exposes her to the demanding, violent initiation rites of this group, but it also threatens to expose a personal secret that could place in mortal danger. Veronica Roth's young adult Divergent trilogy launches with a captivating adventure about love and loyalty playing out under most extreme circumstances. (Goodreads)

Beatrice or Tris is from the Selfless faction (Abnegation) but she's not at all like that. Her brother is always selfless. Thinking ahead and being selfless whenever he can. She has been scolded all her life for "acting out". She doesn't really. All s…

I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone by Stephanie Kuehnert

Summary: A raw, edgy, emotional novel about growing up punk and living to tell.
The Clash. Social Distortion. Dead Kennedys. Patti Smith. The Ramones. Punk rock is in Emily Black's blood. Her mother, Louisa, hit the road to follow the incendiary music scene when Emily was four months old and never came back. Now Emily's all grown up with a punk band of her own, determined to find the tune that will bring her mother home. Because if Louisa really is following the music, shouldn't it lead her right back to Emily? (Goodreads)

Emily Black has been following the music just like her mom has all her life. Louisa left her husband and daughter when the fear of her badness would fill them up and destroy them like it destroyed her. Michael Black has been waiting for his wife since she left him one fateful night. Molly has always longed for her best friend to back home to her and her family.
Emily is really messed up. She tries to become her mother who she's always yearned for. Her f…

Divergent: the cover

The cover of Divergent seems great but it's really just okay. The fire looks fake. I know that's weird to say but it just looks manufactured. Why fire anyway? I guess since everything is going downhill in their world. I mean... a war is coming on? I don't know. It reminds me of The Hunger Games poster which I will not be talking about here because I just really don't want to rant that long. I'll probably go into that later. The fire also might be a symbol of the factions or a faction but I don't remember one of them being a fire eye thingy. The city at the bottom actually looks real and the grey is a nice effect (stormy clouds) for two reasons. One that (expression?) a storms a brewing comes to mind and the clothes that the main character has to where in her faction. I will be posting my review on the book soon so stay tuned!

Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor

Summary:Twelve-year-old Addie tries to cope with her mother's erratic behavior and being separated from her beloved stepfather and half-sisters when she and her mother go to live in a small trailer by the railroad tracks on the outskirts of Schenectady, New York. (Goodreads)
I don't know why the summary is so short but I guess that's what I' here for. (; Addie is just an ordinary upcoming sixth grade who plays the flute but desires to play the piccolo one day. She of course has her twists and turns in her life like everyone does. That flute I was talking about is stolen. Her mother is all or nothing which for me is code name for bipolar. Her father dies when she was still a toddler. She does have sisters but they are her half sisters. Her step-father... well ex-stepfather Dwight is a real nice guy but push come to shove he couldn't live with her mother anymore. He took his two daughters wth him but has always cared about Addie. He sets them up in tis trailer that her…

Cover Love: Waiting for Normal

Warning: I love book covers so I will have a lot of these. Cover Loves I mean. I'm describing the first book by the way as my Cover Love then I'm going to compare both covers. I originally thought that Waiting for Normal was about a teenager so it completely through me off when she was just a sixth grader. The reason I'm saying this is because the cover is part of what made me think that. When I read the summary and I saw the cover I assumed. The trailer also throws you off because in the story it sounds ugly. I actually just picked this book to read because of the cover. I kind of knew if the plot was even half way decent I was going to read it. The cover is beautiful. I love the color blue and the sky. It all calming. And the colors complement each other. You'll like the story too. It's sweet. The other makes it seem more for children. It's kind of more appropriate but I love them both. The book is coming soon so stay tuned! (I know that's only with tele…

Update #1

Aaah! I haven't been posting even though I've read two books. I have hardly been commenting on Goodreads as well. For Shame! I'll be posting more tomorrow. I also made a decision. Since I am reading The Son of Neptune XD I'll post the review after I read the rest of the books again. I'm sure most people know the books by now but if not it'll be there. Also, it feels wrong not to. I don't know why. Well I hope you check back soon!

R.L. Stine: Author Highlight

I plan on doing a highlight hopefully at least once a month but if not I'll do it as much as I can. It's a weekly thing. So from October 25th to October 31st I'll be reading R.L. Stine's books. As much as I can. Why? Halloween of course! And because it'll be fun. The whole point of this blog.

R.L. Stine was such a great part of my childhood. I actually mostly saw The Goosebumps shows. They were soooo good! He's such a great author of scary stories but it's never too terrifying. It's for those middle years of your childhood. Which is perfect for me. I'll never grow out of them because it's a good read for any age. You know those books you used to like but now that you read them they are way too childish? Well these aren't those books. He also has been writing books for more of the teenage crowd which are really good too. My brother used to have a bunch of R.L. Stine books so I still have a bunch to read during this week. And as they are short…

Bloom! A Little Book About Finding Love by Maria Van Lieshout

Summary: Bloom isn’t interested in playing in messy mud puddles with other pigs. She’d rather galavant among pretty flowers. Bloom LOVES flowers and other pretty things. She also likes attention. And when a beautiful butterfly, a “flying flower” wafts by, she falls head over heels in love. But she soon learns that attraction is fleeting, and friendship brings a deeper, more satisfying love.

Maria Van Lieshout deftly, gently portrays the true meaning of love and friendship in story and pictures that are perfect for readers of all ages. (Goodreads)

A sweet and simple book about a pig named Bloom falling in love. Bloom loves flowers and singing and dancing. She sees a flower in the sky (a butterfly) and falls in love but is quickly heartbroken when it flies away. The other pig in the story who's name is not mentioned and who loves muddy puddles does something to help make sure Bloom knows that they care about her. My only problem was that it was too short! (;
I'm going to put what I…

Perfect Chemistry: the cover

I've got to hand it to them. One thing really going for this book is the cover. Simone seems to really like the color black because allof her books have black in them! I guess it's like her signature thing. The cover is very nice. I like how now young adult books are mostly having not drawings but pictures as their cover. At least as far as I know books they didn't have pictures of people before. I also like how there is actually someone with color on this cover. It's just that whenever there are pictures of people on covers their usually white. Which is cool but it's not...factual... well it's just that not everyone looks the same in the world and has the same color.

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Summary: A fresh, urban twist on the classic tale of star-crossed lovers.When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created “perfect” life is about to unravel before her eyes. She’s forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she's worked so hard for—her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect. Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more. In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart. (Goodreads)
Alex Fuentes is a …

Shift by Jennifer Bradbury

Summary: Imagine you and your best friend head off on a cross-country bike trek.
Imagine that you get into a fight — the cheap s.o.b. won't kick in any cash.
Imagine you stop riding together.
Imagine you reach Seattle then come home alone, still p.o-ed.
Imagine the FBI is now at your college dorm.
Imagine finding out that your former best friend never made it home.
And imagine that he had actually been carrying over $20,000 in cash with him.
Imagine your world shifting....
A tour-de-force about biking, friendship, and the depths of loyalty by a debut novelist who has in fact biked cross country.
Chris comes back from a 2 month long trip riding his bike the whole way and he is now back for his first year in college. The first week he gets a surprise because an FBI agent comes to talk to him. What would an FBI agent want with him you ask. Well, the problem is his friend never came back for college. His friend actually ditched him while on the road with him because he did come with him riding …

Absolutely Maybe by Lisa Yee

Summary: Meet Maybelline Mary Katherine Mary Ann Chestnut, named for two Miss Americas and her mother Chessy's favorite brand of mascara. Chessy teaches the students in her charm school her Seven Select Rules for Young Ladies, but she won't tell Maybe who her real father is - or protect her from her latest scuzzball boyfriend. So Maybe hitches a ride to California with her friends Hollywood and Thammasat Tantipinichwong Schneider (aka Ted) - and what she finds there is funny, sad, true, and inspiring... vintage Lisa Yee.

Maybe is one of the "weird" girls in her school in Kissimmee, Florida. Ah, Florida... I love that she's from Florida. Unfortunately she doesn't like it there. She always has a different color hair one where she died her hair with Kool-aid! That would be cool if that could really happen in real life. I wonder... She wears men's XL T-shirts and her mother Chessy whom she calls Chessy which no one makes a big deal out of or explains always c…

Cover Love: Absolutely Maybe

Whenever I'm reading a book or about to read a book that's cover is as amazing as this one I'll put it up. This books cover tells everything and it's vivid colors and distinct cover attracts the eye. It's what made me pick up the book. You know how sometimes you just see a book and want it no matter what without even knowing what it's about? This is one of them. Of course I'll be reading it so stay tuned for the review. It'll be coming soon!