Saturday, May 17, 2008

Rainy Fridays, Sunny Saturdays

It's absolutely gorgeous outside today. I'm at work.

Yesterday, I was at home, and it was rainy, rainy, rainy, so I curled up with some tea and good books.

I'm super-behind in my blogging. I've blogged 85 books this year, and I should be up to 100. PLUS, I have 45 books that I've read and haven't blogged about.

But before we begin, Life Sucks and Confessions of a Serial Kisser are now out. I reviewed both of them here.

And, now, some books.

Dream Factory Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler

This has one of the best opening sentences I've read in a while:

I wasn't at all surprised when Cinderella gave me the finger.

The basic premise is that the characters at Disney World have gone on strike and so Disney has hired a bunch of high school students as scabs.

The story is told in the alternating voices of Ella (who plays Cinderella) and Luke (who plays Dale, as in Chip and Dale). Along the way we find out how hard it is to walk around all day with a giant head on and that Princesses don't eat, so even though Ella hosts 7 meals a day (including the Princess breakfast, Cinderella's tea and her wedding banquet) she's starving by the time she gets off work.

While the first few chapters are hysterical, we quickly dive in Luke and Ella's angsty back-stories. Plus, it's obvious they totally are into each other, but Luke is dating perfect (but not for Luke) Cassie and so Ella starts dating Mark, who plays Prince Charming and buys the whole Disney schtick.

There's nothing overly surprising plot-wise and I figured out what Luke's middle name was really early on, but it was still a sweet story that teens will get into. A nice fluffy read.

Model Spy (The Specialists) Shannon Greenland

Oooooo... I just ate this one right up and can't wait to read the next ones in the series.

Kelly James has been set-up. She's only 16, but a senior in college. To impress her really nice and really cute RA David, she hacks through 9 out of 18 levels of the government's main computer system. Hours later, she's arrested. She's then given a choice-- go to juvie, or become a government spy. She chooses the spy option and then discovers that David asked her to hack the system just to prove that she could do it so that she could be recruited.

She's not overly pleased.

Her first mission is to rescue David's father who's being sold to the highest bidder. In order to do so, she has to go undercover as a model. Kelly may look like a model, but she lacks all coordination and social skills.

This book was super-fun and exciting. I loved it. I'm sure all the techno babble was completely made up, but I don't care. I like the socially awkward smart, yet hot girl. The plot kept moving and I couldn't put it down. I can't wait for the rest of the books in the series.A good bet for those who like The Squad: Perfect Cover, I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You or CHERUB.

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