Saturday, April 21, 2007

Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

Dreamland is about a girl named Caitlin. The books starts with her older sister, Cassandra, running away-which leaves Caitlin's family situation in chaos, and also leaves Caitlin to fill her "perfect" sister's place. She joins the cheerleading squad and starts to date a jock-the whole prep girl routine. But that abruptly ends when she meets a bad-boy named Rogerson.

This book was amazingly written-just like Sarah Dessen's other book (that I've read) This Lullaby.
But it's so different. Dreamland is an intense, quick read. It's one of those books that you just have to read. Of course, I don't think this is one of those books that you necessarily have to re-read. Definitely not.
It's a horrific story-one of those that you can olny read through splayed hands and eyes half-squinted. But it's written so convingly.
I've decided that I want to read all of Sarah Dessen's books.
Oh, and just a warning: medium language and some really intense scenes. (Sometimes I just don't understand why authors have to add bad language to their books-it doesn't make the novel more real or interesting than it already is).

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Top Five for March

Okay-let me recap since I haven't done this in quite awhile. These five books were my favorite reads/re-reads of the month. In no particular order.

Blue Bloods by Melissa De la Cruz
Schuyler (I pronounce it Skylar) and her friends live in New York city-where anything can happen. As it so turns out-Schuyler is invited to a Committee meeting. The Committee are a revered, respected group of people who all trace their ancestry back to the time of the Matflower, but even more-they all have a terrible secret-one that threatens themselves and humanity, but one which, until now, they choose to ignore.
This book was fast-paced and fun, though sometimes de la Cruz writes a little bit more mature than I like to read, it is still worth it to read this book. A must read for those who like modern fantasy!

Sanctuary by Meg Cabot
the fourth book in the 1-800-where-r-u? series
This one was hilarious, as always-told from Jess Mastriani's point of view. This one is not my favorite-but I still loved it. And those who haven't read this series by Meg Cabot-you must!

This Lullaby-Sarah Dessen

Normally-I'm not really the kind of person who likes straight romance. But this book is an exception. As inRedeeming Love (Francine Rivers), this book is about a "tough girl" who never lets anyone get close. Remy thinks that love will always be used against her. In fact, she doesn't really believe in love. Until Dexter, with his gangly form and untidyness, comes along and shatters her bounderies. Be careful-this one's a tear-jerker!
Also-there was some language strewn here and there. But I think it was probably fitting to the story because Remy is determined to be tough.

Cathy's Book

This book was loads of fun! The book includes a packet of "actual" evidence-including illustrations, business cards, birth certificates, and other fun things. The book itself is hilarious, though sometimes a little hard to follow.

Cathy Vickers is a girl from the California suburbs who has gotten herself into a whole lot of trouble. This involves a kidnapping, immortal boyfriends, and lots of action. I loved it!

The Book Thief-Markus Zusak

I haven't finished it yet-and i already love it! It's so strange-the narrator is Death, and he follows around this little girl-"the book theif"-as she steals books from Nazi book-burnings. Set during WW II, absolutely fascinating.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Jane Eyre Covers

Okay-here are the last batch of classic covers I've re-made.
Here they are:

The green dress cover:

Definitely one of my favorites. This was a stock image from Getty Images. I didn't do much to it except brush it over with some spidery-looking caligraphic text brush and then add a little pink to the woman's skin to make her look less stark-white. I love how this one turned out.

The Mandatory Flowers Cover:

I like this one, too. It's not my absolute favorite, but I love the fonts and the strange diamond-effect surrounding the words "Jane Eyre"

The Victorian Dress Cover:
I love this one!!!! The only thing I wish I would have done differently is to make the font of the Jane Eyre more stand-out-ish and the font for Charlotte bronte not so shadowed.
What do ya'll think?

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Romeo and Juliet Covers

Yay! I'm back from the dangerous in-the-pouring rain trip to Austin where I had to take a very lame Lit Crit test (which the first question of the test was: which of the following authors didn't die in 1997-I went with Upton Sinclaire but I'm still not sure).
Anyway-here are some of the covers I made for Romeo and Juliet.

The mandatory flower cover:
This one kind of bores me. I won't even lie. Though I do love the rose I used in the picture.
The mask and Manequin cover:
I really like this one-but it's not my favorite

The dead teenager cover:

I really like the old film grain look and the medieval font. This one was the easiest to make by far.

The fork in the heart shaped desert cover:
My favorite one so far. It may be a little out there, but I love it.
It was also the hardest one to make in Photoshop CS.