Genre: Young Adult, Thriller
Characters: Eric/18, Lori/15, Jake Proctor
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥
Summary: 18-year-old Eric has just been released from juvenile detention for murdering his mother and stepfather. Now he's looking for some tenderness; tenderness he finds in caressing and killing beautiful girls. Fifteen-year-old Lori has run away from home again. Emotionally naive but sexually precocious, she is also looking for tenderness; tenderness she finds in Eric. Will Lori and Eric be each other's salvation or destruction?

The book has its charm. I enjoyed reading it, it only took me a day. While Eric is a serial killer - especially on young girls - the author managed to make him really "human" and I found myself rooting for him. Lori is a runaway, about to discover the world, who has a fixation on Eric. What I found pretty great is that they weren't totally strangers and met a couple of years ago. The incident is pretty intense and dangerous. I enjoyed their jorney and relationship. Dangerous and innocent at the same time. Also the cop, keeping an eye on Eric for years, makes smart moves to place a trap for Eric and keep him behind bars.

Tenderness will be on screen in 2009, starring Russel Crow as the Lieutenant.
Realease date TBA
Really excited to see the movie. Check out the trailer below

I can't wait to read those 2 books. Both are based on the beauty and the beast plot. Unfortunatly we have to wait MONTHS for Crazy Beautiful. This is so unfair!
Here are the summeries:

Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted is a contemporary re-visioning of Beauty & the Beast, told in he-said/she-said fashion, about a boy with hooks for hands and a gorgeous girl who meet on their first day at a new school.

Beasty by Alex Flinn
I am a beast. A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.
You think I'm talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It's no deformity, no disease. And I'll stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell.
Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I'll tell you. I'll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I'll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.

In fact Beasty will be on big sceen! The "Beast" is rumored to be played by Alex Pettyfer! Yes, Alex Pettyfer! ** the incarnation of Jace Wayland of the Mortal Instruments!
Ok, the bad news is...the "Beauty" will be definatly played by Vanessa Hudgens! Why, oh why!??? This movie is destined to be scewed up by her.
Well I guess we have to wait and see.

Movie Review: S.Darko

Summary:Seven years after the tragic death of her brother Donnie, Samantha Darko is still mourning him and the loss of the loving family that fell apart after he died. Her home life in shambles, 18-year-old Sam impulsively decides to join her rebellious best friend Corey on a cross-country drive from Virginia to California in the hope of becoming a professional dancer.

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I was waiting for this movie to out and finally managed to watch it! Where do I was weird...and creepy (like Donnie Darkro) I have to admit I wasn't expecting the movie to be great cuz I think the sequel can't be as good as the first one. I thought they tried way too hard to make it weird and mysterious as Donnie Darko but it was a good movie. So simple is that. I liked it. Aaaand Ed Westwick was so hot! I loved him! I thought he wouldn't be that kind of actor who can act totally different in his roles (I'm just so used to his character in Gossip Girl) but he wasn't "Chuck", still his role was the one of a badass but he was different. James Lafferty did ok I guess, he was pretty creepy. After 10 Minutes I started wondering how I know Samatha's best friend, the actress was familiar, the look, the rusty voice and then I got it! She played the chick in Step Up 2 (which sucked so bad) and then the woman - think she was the wife of this Jesus guy - looked familiar too, I couldn't place her first. Good thing I'm a smart girl :D I figured it's "Jessie" from Saved By The Bell! Also loved Jackson, he played this geek who was into Sam. Really like this actor! So go check out the movie, it's a nice watch.

Summary:In the class of the high school English teacher she has been haunting, Helen feels them: for the first time in 130 years, human eyes are looking at her. They belong to a boy, a boy who has not seemed remarkable until now. And Helen, terrified but intrigued, is drawn to him. The fact that he is in a body and she is not presents this unlikely couple with their first challenge. But as the lovers struggle to find a way to be together, they begin to discover the secrets of their former lives and of the young people they come to possess.

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First of all I think to really enjoy a piece the speed you’re going through a book is a main factor. I was reading this book for a couple of weeks additionally to others. It’s not a long read, you could actually rush through it in a day. Well anyway I’m not that into ghost stories but I gave this one a try and it turned out a really nice read. It wasn’t big and got me hooked but it wasn’t like I wanted to drop it either. It is a sweet story about 2 dead people who kinda want to live again or at least the closest thing to life. James and Helen have a connection from the very start and feel very close, like they’re the last species on the planet.

Summary: Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers 13 cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list. Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

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This one was definatly an interesting read. Very well written, I felt almost as bad as Clay when he heard Hannah's tapes. Her story is unbelievably tragic. In the end when she could't bring anyone to believe she wasn't the person all rumors in school were about, she simply wanted the 13 people to understand how they ruined her life by just saying something or doing (or not doing). With every tape she uncovers some well hidden secrets. The book reminded me a lot of the TV show "Veronica Mars", which I loved btw. I thought the 12th tape was really shocking! I couldn't believe she let something happen which could't take any person more down than anything else..and thats what she wanted to feel, broken beyong repair I guess.
A lot of people don't realize how - by the smallest thing they say or do - they can affect a life of another, this is a good example.

Today in my mailbox

Happy! Got some new books today and can't wait to start. Reeeeally excited for all of them!

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Devil's Kiss by Sarwat Chadda
City Of Masks by Mary Hoffman
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkers
Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkers

April reads - A look back

Ok, since I haven't posted a review for every book I've read in April I just put them all on the list:

* Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman
* Knife Edge by Malorie Blackman
* Checkmate by Malorie Blackman
* Kissed by an Angel by Elizabeth Chandler
* Dark Lover by J.R. Ward
* Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward
* Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward
* Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward
* Lover Unbouned by J.R. Ward
* Lover Enshrined by J.R. Ward
* This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

Summary: "I had no illusions about love... It came, it went, it left casualties or it didn't. People weren't meant to be together forever, regardless of what the songs say." Remy doesn't believe in love. And why should she? Her romance novelist mother is working on her fifth marriage, and her father, a '70s hippie singer, left her with only a one-hit wonder song to remember him by. Every time Remy hears "This Lullaby," it feels like "a bruise that never quite healed right." "Wherever you may go / I will let you down / But this lullaby plays on..." Never without a boyfriend, Remy is a compulsive dater, but before a guy can go all "Ken" on her (as in "ultra boyfriend behavior") she cuts him off, without ever getting close or getting hurt. That's why she's stunned when klutzy, quirky, alterna-band boy Dexter inserts himself into her life and refuses to leave. Remy's been accepted to Stanford, and she plans on having her usual summer fling before tying up the loose ends of her pre-college life and heading for the coast. Except Dexter's not following Remy's tried-and-true rules of break-up protocol. And for the first time, Remy's questioning whether or not she wants him to.

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This Lullaby gets from me 3 stars. For the matter of fact when I started this book I already wanted to start another one so I kinda rushed through it and was impatient to enjoy it that well. In the beginning I found Remy’s character a bit annoying cuz she was so strict and picky about everything (and guess what - it’s soo me sometimes. Jeez, am I that annoying to other peepz then sometimes? Sorry about that) I loved Dexters character, he was this positive-cool-ready for commitment-kind of guy who doesn’t let the girl push him away (yeah we all want that guy but I’ve only read about them in books) A believer! And of corse Remy is the opposite, that’s what makes the story a good one.

There were really great scenes with both of them together but then abruptly when it came to family/friends story I lost interest. So for me it was an up-and-down read. I understand the story of Remys family relation had to be told and it was all a part of the story and added to the message of this book. But I couldn’t help myself but finding some parts less catchy. I liked the end BUT again it’s a pity we didn’t get a good scene with a great dialog, you can tell approx. what Remy and Dex have been talking about - expecially the future - but I would have loved to read it.

Lori – my friend who loves to read just as I do (thanks to me haha) and is a writer / and is afraid of orcas even though she never actually saw one! just for the record – has recommended me the Sarah Dessen books. Don’t worry I won’t give up on those, I still have like 5 more to go :D