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Monday, October 26, 2009

The Book For the Month is.......

Hush Hush
by Becca Fitzpatrick

This is what the majority of you voted for. I hope you guys like it, I couldn't put it down.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Novembers Book!!!!

I have been so excited that it's finally my turn to pick the book for the month. I have seriously been reading like crazy all month searching for the perfect one. The only thing is I really want it to be something everyone else is excited about too. So I've narrowed it down to two books that you can vote between. Whatever one has the majority vote by noon tomorrow will be the winner, because I know you gize hate waiting for the results.

The first pick is:

Hush Hush
by Becca Fitzpatrick

Book Description

For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch came along.

With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.

I bought this book last week and read it in one day. I couldn't put it down. It's the first in a series but none of the other books are out yet and the first book doesn't leave you hanging.

2nd book choice is:

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan

This is the first in a series of five books. You gize don't have to read all 5 books this month but they are pretty easy reads so it wouldn't be that hard for those of you that wanted to and were up to the challenge. I've read the first two and loved them, they are kind of Harry Potteresque.

The first book is being made into a movie that is coming out later this year. Here is the preview which kind of explains what the book is about.

The series has great reviews on Amazon.com and also got good reviews from Stephenie Meyer herself:

"If you're looking for some beach reading, you might try Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians series if you haven't already. My son finally finished book five yesterday so I could read it today. It was a fantastic end to a fantastic series. I tip my hat to you, Mr. Riordan!"

Okay so those are the choices, just put your vote in the comment section and I'll tally 'em up tomorrow. I'm so excited to find out what it will be.

Discussion Time!

Here is the official discussion post. Lets keep this short.

All Fluff and No Substance

I'm writing this review in the writing style of the author. Which I did not like. Which I really did not enjoy. Like I wanted to scream and run and pull my hair out. To be done with this book already. But I could not. The ocean was like ice over my thoughts. Filling up my dreams. I must write this review.

Here it goes. Hmm. Not quite sure what to say about this book besides the fact that the author is an amateur. Her writing is all fluff and no substance. It's like someone who talks just to hear themselves talk. She writes just to write. I felt like the words in her book belonged more in a book of poems than they did in a novel. She uses language carelessly, throwing things out there just to throw them out there. Because she can. Because she wants to. (Just as I did here). She did this a lot. She'll tell you something and then end it with a period and then tell you the same thing in a different way and end it with a period. All for emphasis. And it drove me nuts. So crazy I fell to the floor, sobbing. Great big tears that would not come.

The author often contradicted herself as she wrote, saying one thing, and then saying another. The main character was also this way. I felt the author did not know who she was and exploited her just to make the story more fantastical. It was almost insulting. It was difficult for me to believe in the love of Travis and Mary after Mary's thoughts and actions toward Travis while they were in the house. I was disappointed in the course the author took. Mary is like a flip flopper. She's so sure of one thing one minute and then she's totally doing something else the next minute. I understand about uncertainty but this was different. I never had the chance as a reader to understand why she was suddenly a different person than the one I had been reading about all along.

The descriptions she wrote didn't make a whole lot of sense. They just looked pretty on the page. She often would say something and then repeat it. Always try to get her point across. But by doing so it took away from the effect. Like she just kept repeating herself and saying the same things in different ways. Like I just did. She did it over and over and over and everything was so dramatic. The main character never had a subdued response to anything. Everything was exaggerated and bold and over the top. Kind of had me exhausted reading it. All of Mary's actions were so dramatic--falling to the ground in sobs, her body heaving and crying and running and fighting and screaming and aching and oh it was too much. It was almost insulting as a reader that she kept trying to convince us of her story and beat it over our heads. I just wanted to tell the author to shut up and let the story happen, stop telling me how to see it happen, I can interpret that for myself.

Also, I thought the themes and the allegories and metaphors in this book were too obvious, again the author was not giving the reader enough credit. I also found the story difficult to follow. I didn't think the author had a grip on exactly what was going on. And if she did, I don't think she got that across because I was always confused and had to go back and reread things because I got lost easily. She was talking at me not to me as the action was happening and I felt so frustrated that I couldn't picture in my head what things looked like, where things were, what was really going on. I read the book and had so many questions of what, huh, that I couldn't enjoy the journey. By the end of the book I still didn't understand or have my questions answered.

I could go on and on but I'm out of time. Basically I thought it was crap. Would have been a much better story if Suzanne Collins had written it.

The Forest of Waste-My-Time

The Forest of Hands and Teeth started out so promising that it's hard to believe it could have gone so horribly wrong.

I loved the concept of a post-apocolyptic village surrounded by zombies. The sisterhood was intriguing; especially when it appeared they were keeping some very big secrets. The first several chapters opened up so many questions and I couldn't wait to have them all answered.
  • Why didn't the sisterhood tell everyone in the village about Gabrielle?
  • Were they the ones responsible for her becoming a zombie?
  • Why was Gabrielle a super fast zombie?
  • How did the zombies breach the village defenses?
Unfortunately the author didn't answer ANY of those questions. If she wasn't going to answer any of the sisterhood/zombie related questions the least she could have done was to develop the romance angle. But NOOOOOO. She had to go and destroy that as well. How STUPID to develop this romance between Mary and Travis and then when they are finally alone together they don't even want to be in same room with each other?

Then when Travis gets infected I think, OK, maybe they will discover a cure or something, but then when Mary cuts his head off... Ugh. What a stupid, stupid book. I thought maybe the author might try and redeem herself with a sequel or two, but after reading Sarah's review I guess that's out as well.

I now realize that every death in this book... Mary's Mother, sister-in-law, boyfriend(?); even Gabrielle... were totally pointless. There was no moral to this story, no growth, no triumph, just a bunch of depressing drivel.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth... I'll be trying to wash it off my hands and pick it from my teeth for weeks to come.


...if you HATE yourself and want to force yourself to read a horrible book as punishment.

There was so much hype floating around the Internet about this book before it was released, I was really excited about reading it. I even marked my calender for its release date and bought it the day it came out. The concept was interesting, the conflicts between the characters were thrilling, the book started off fast, and it was hard to put down.

So why didn't I like this book? Because it had so much potential, but it completely failed to live up to that potential. Eeek's review summed up my feelings exactly. The characters were continually thrown into potentially interesting conflicts, yet the conflicts would always be resolved in the most uninteresting ways. There was zero chemistry between Mary and Travis, yet the author continued to push that relationship. I'm sure the author intended the ending to be tragic, but it was just horrible. For an ending to be tragic, we have to care about the characters. Travis was so dull and two-dimensional, that I was relived when he died. Mary was so self-centered and unlikeable, that I didn't care if she lived or died. I could not relate to her internal struggles, and the fact that she would put her need to see the ocean over everybody else in her life, made me want to slap her.

What a disappointment.

Can't think of a title

Immediately, I pictured the village from the movie The Village as I got into this book. The lack of technology, etc., the platforms for safety. The fence keeping the zombies out. The religious weirdness. And then with the zombies being able to ‘infect’ people and turn them, I pictured them as the same dudes from I Am Legend. Creepy. That movie freaked me out. I kept wondering if they stood around in circles, breathing really fast – or if they all ran temperatures of like 115 degrees.
I felt like I hardly got to know Mary before everything fell apart. I was thoroughly annoyed by the reaction of family and friends when her mother died. Her brother was the biggest jerk ever. Her friends didn’t come to see her. Harry didn’t speak for her. Geez. Then, later when they all needed her help and stuff they were crappy about it and she didn’t even really stick up for herself.
Every time it seemed she was going to settle in and deal with something for a while, she’d freak out and throw herself into some reckless thing, like busting down that door to get into the really dark scary tunnel. Or sneaking into Travis’s room. Loved that little paragraph of her getting off the bed, btw. Steamy. Or, was the steamy just that one sentence?
Anyway, some of it was exciting. Some paragraphs I kind of para-read. It was quick. I’m curious to find out what happens now that she’s in some lighthouse with a stranger. And good riddance to the Sisterhood. They were creepy.

Sam's Review

I was really excited about reading this book. The idea of a zombie book with romance sounded really interesting to me. I liked the mysterious sisters and the secrets they kept. It sucked they didn't go more into their story. I was on the edge of my seat while she was in the basement and found the journal but that didn't end up really going anywhere. She finally got to be with Travis which was great but then he died soon after.

I think this story had some real potential to be great. There was something about it that kept me reading and I finished it in about two days. They shouldn't have killed off Travis. They should've focused more on the sisters and the secrets they kept since she spent so much time building it up. I was also disappointed that she didn't learn more about the girl from the outside. The fact that the book left me hanging at the end didn't really help much either. Over all I liked the book enough to read the sequel and find out what happens next. Till next time:
Oh yeah and the book choice for November should be up by midnight tonight: brace yourselves.

Must read...

if you like completely hopeless stories without a happy ending.


I had to keep reading! It started out being a very interesting story and I had to keep reading because I wanted to know all the answers. Plus it totally reminded me of "The Village".

Mary crawling over Travis.

The Sisters.

First half, I was feeling some hope that it was some awful joke on "them"...Like "The Village".

Mary had a chance to see what was outside of the village...only because I wanted to know what was outside.

Glad Mary made it to the beach...all by herself without any loved ones with her and no hope for actual happiness....she totally deserved that...


2nd most depressing book EVER! (The Road being the first)

I wanted her to kill herself.

Couldn't stop thinking about how I would kill myself if I was a character in that story because it's so completely hopeless.

The Forest of Hands and Feet according to Cristin

My Review

I thought this book was so good...until I finished it. It was the worst ending in the entire world! What the...??? Seriously, she just let everyone die to find another village terrorized by zombies??? How is that any better?? What was wrong with Harry??? He was way better than Travis. Travis had a gimpy leg and didn't speak up for her.

The good parts of the book:

I liked the village idea. M. Night Shyamalan made an interesting movie with this concept and the book improved it.

The "Sisters" were creepy and interesting. I liked how mysterious they were and the promise they gave of a good book...even though it didn't happen, I like the possibility that it could have happened.

I liked the love triangle between Mary, her friend and the two brothers. Even though Harry was the obvious choice since Travis was a pansy who just teased her but didn't actually come for her, I liked all the conflicts between everyone and once Travis was dead, I liked that Harry had a chance.

I loved it when they were invaded by the zombies and were forced to leave their village and Mary finally got to see what was beyond the fence with her estranged brother, future husband, the man she was really in love with and his future wife. I love awkward situations and this was definitely one of them.

It was very exciting when they found the new village and it brought a lot anticipation...and then the book started going downhill. And fast.

There was no chemistry or romance what so ever between Mary and Travis and they were trapped alone together in house. In fact, she would go to the attic just to get away from him. That doesn't really convince me that she loves him.

Once they were forced from the village due to the fire that the unsupervised little boy started, the book just got worse and worse and I grew to hate Mary. The ending was so horrible that I completely forgot all that was good left in the world. I just wanted the zombies to kill her and everyone else and have it be over with. but instead, she just abandoned her friends and let her brother die for her.

But it was okay because there was going to be a sequel. This book could still redeem itself...until I found out that the sequel was totally new characters with an entirely new story. YOU SUCK, FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH!!! The only good thing that came of this book was the contest. Your welcome everybody.

Landee Hates Forests of Any Kind, But Particularly This One

Dumb book. Dumb premise. Dumb everything.

Don't expect me at the discussion tonight.

I'm boycotting.

{Yes, the hissy fit is still going strong.}

Friday, October 23, 2009

Hey, You. Yeah You!

Ever since the last girls trip, the idea of the next one has been tossed around. Unfortunately, none of you ladies have the balls to step up to the plate and plan it. Since I just won the popularity vote with our latest contest, I thought I should take over. I am in charge now and what I say goes. Sticking with our Twilight themed trip, I say the date of the trip should be planned around The New Moon premiere. New Moon comes out November 20th, 2009.

Now where to go? Hmmmm, do you remember that one time when Edward and Bella were really really poor but they really want to go somewhere other than Seattle, but couldn't afford expensive plane tickets so then they got on Southwest.com and Jasper and Alice helped them look for cheap tickets? Long story short, San Francisco ticket were really really cheap. It got me thinking, "Hey, that would fun!" So I too went to Southwest.com and saw that Mrs. Stephenie Meyer did her homework, and tickets from Boise to San Fran were cheap! (not as cheap as Seattle though)

So here is my idea, I say we go to San Francisco during the weekend of New Moon. I am grabbing the bulls by the horn and make it official with the dates and location and am putting out an invitation for everyone (even boys (Markie)). I know this is a little tricky, what with it being just a few days before Thanksgiving, but if you really think about, Thanksgiving is just a meal. Is it really that stressful of a holiday? We will be home in plenty of time to pull the turkey out of the freezer for it to thaw. Assign the green bean casserole to an in law and you will be good to go. Tickets are fairly cheap right now but I do want to get the ball rolling and start buying tickets and making reservations. If you want to go, let me know ASAP (Like in the next couple days). I think movie tickets should be purchased right away and also book a hotel soon too.

^^^That could totally be us
outside of the Tanner's house.
We could just pop in and say Hi
Joey and Danny and then head
up to the attic and see what Uncle
Jesse and Rebecca are up to.

And GO!

And The Winners Are....

First the popularity votes.

Obviously the winner is:

Me! (I told you I was cool and popular)

See, I am totally popular. Everybody was laughing at my joke probably.

Now for the real contest.

Well, first we are going to announce who the diorama's belonged to.

#1. Mary crawling over Travis: The Hot Scene
By Amanda O.

#2. Zombies in the ocean: The End
By J. Espy

#3. Rescuing Travis from a house full of zombies: Part 1

By Landee A

#4. Mary Mary quite contrary: The zombie dance

By Memzy W.

#5. Rescuing Travis from a house full of zombies: Part 2

By Eek S.

#6. Err...: Err??

By Amy T.

Thanks to all our contestants for their support and hard work. For 3 of them, their hard work is going to pay off and change their lives forever! At stake, we have a keychain, a mug, and for one lucky person, a t-shirt.

I won't keep them in suspense any longer.

3rd Place goes to:

Amy T!!!!!!!
(Pause for applause)

2nd Place goes to:

Amanda O.!!!!!!!
(Pause for applause)

And now, 1st Place goes to:


Congrats! Anyone who wants to throw a hissy fit...again...may do so by email, texts or preferably in the comment section so we can all enjoy.
I need Jespy's shirt size and Amanda's address. You may email them to me.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Forest of Hands and Teeth Diorama Contest!!!

Game on!

We have 6 entries and a poll for everyone to vote. The poll at the bottom is for the popularity vote and bragging rights only. For a contestant to win a prize, they must win in the voting done through email. Simply email me your pick for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. It will remain unanimous so don't feel guilty for picking mine for 1 st place.

And the entries are:

#1. Mary crawling over Travis while taking care of him: The Hot Scene

#2. Zombies in the ocean: The End

#3 Rescuing Travis from a house full of zombies: Part 1

#4. Mary Mary Quite Contrary: The Zombie Dance

#5. Rescuing Travis from a house full of Zombies: Part 2

#6. Err...: Errr????

Monday, October 19, 2009

In The Blogging World, I Am Not Cool...

...But in real life, I am totally popular! I have tons of friends, gize. I won't give you their names cuz you wouldn't know them anyways, but trust me, I am way cool.

So how do I know that I am unpopular in the world of blogger?

Well, my first clue was the lack of compliments people give me.

And secondly, I called ITT Tech

But, what really made me realize that I was not cool was when I held a contest for our book this month. Last month, the contest was HUGE! This month, not so much.

Pictures were due yesterday. I got one entry.
It came in at midnight. (Phew)

Now, word has gone around that a few people still want to enter. At first I was feeling bitter and angry and thought no. But then I realized that I am still cool and popular in real life so to show all the bloggers that I am cool, I will give a 3 day extention.
No More.
If you don't enter, my one entry and I get all the prizes.

Email pictures to me before the sun sets on the 3rd day (Wednesday by midnight).

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


It is now time for the October S.R.B.C. contest!

As you all know, our book this month is The Forest of Hands and Teeth. To honor our book and get us pumped for our discussion we are having another contest...with rules. Cake decorating is so last month, so we are doing a diorama contest. You may need to get your kids help with this one.

The dioramas may be as simple as this or...
...as creative as this.
Everyone need to create one diorama that represents the book. It can be a scene from the book or just your interpretation of the book. Three pictures may be entered. All pictures must be emailed to me (sarastrasser@hotmail.com) no later than Sunday, October 18th. The contest will be held on Monday the 19th. If you have not finished reading the book by the 18th, it is okay. You can just do a diorama of something you have read so far, or just open up the book to any random page and do a diorama of that page. Trust me, you don't want to miss out on the prizes.


Rule #1. No cheating.

Rule #2. The poll will just be for fun. The real votes will be an email voting system where the contestant will email their votes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd to me.

Rule #3. Hissy fits ARE allowed.


I know this is what all you greedy people are after. Okay, here are the prizes.

First Place prize is:
A SHIRT! (Way cooler than an apron)
If you happen to be a man and you get first place, the shirt will then become a man shirt but the same logo.

Second Place Prize is:
A MUG...with hands and teeth. Don't be grossed out.***

And Third Place Prize is:


See, aren't these prizes worth it? Now get to reading and then get to work.

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