Welcome to The Romantic Scholar, a book review blog. Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you enjoy your stay.

After an eight month long hiatus, I am back. And I could not be more excited about it.

***My comments are located at the top of my posts***

Friday, October 16, 2009

My Overall Rating:

Age Recommendation:
I would recommend this book to any young adult girl. There is some crude humor in it but nothing extreme.

Cover Art:
The cat kills me. The cover really doesn't have much to do with the story but it is just downright adorable. Well, it is supposed to be the main character and one of her cats, but it's completely random. I love it.

The nub and gist is that I have accidentally acquired two Luuurve Gods.

Oh my giddy god! Georgia has somehow landed back in the cakeshop of agony now that Robbie the Sex God has returned and she has three potential snoggees. What's a proper girl to do? Hide, of course, and hope that she will be able to choose one before she ends up all aloney on her owney.

My Review:
As always, I am blown away by Louise Rennison's work. Every since the first book, I have been absolutely IN LOVE with this series. The woman is a genius. I just cannot get enough of Georgia. The girl is so crazy but you can't help but completely adore her. And her "ace gang" is right up there with her.

In this eighth installment, Robbie (her original love) is back and causes more problems for our dear little Georgia. Especially when things are starting to get heated with the drop dead gorgeous Italian hunk Masimo.

It is so amusing to read about Georgia's life. Rennison writes this series in the form of a diary. So you go through the day with Georgia as she writes everything down. From living with her psychotic family to her nutty friends to her totally messed up love life.

Love is a Many Trousered Thing is written in such a simple yet classy style that anyone can read easily and get hooked. They are pretty short reads but they are so much fun. I can guarantee that you will be laughing out loud at the ridiculous events that unfold in each book.

This is definitely a re-readable book, as is the whole series. And I would recommend it to anyone. It's a great pick-me-up read as well. ;)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

My Overall Rating:

Age Recommendation:
This book is a general young adult audience novel. I would say that 8th or 9th grade would be a good age minimum due to some sexual scenes.

Cover Art:
I think that the cover art for this book is alright. I think it would have been better if it were more like the others, where it shows the mark. Nonetheless it is a pretty cover, and I like it.

Enter the dark, magical world of The House of Night, a world where vampyres have always existed. Sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird has just been Marked as a fledgling vampyre and joins the House of Night, a school where she will train to become an adult vampire. That is, if she makes it through the Change--and not all of those who are Marked do.

My Review:
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a very nice light read, and I like the spin on vampires that Cast has. It's different, but good. I'm curious to see where it goes in the books that follow.

I really like the writing style that Cast uses. It's very simple to follow and easy to read. There is a lot with character development in this book, and I really like that. You really get to know the characters you are reading about and very little questions are left unanswered, and the few that are, I am assuming that they will be answered in the sequel.

The first book in The House of Night series takes us through the process of becoming a vampyre, and what it is like at the school. It's really not that much different from regular high school, other than the time and courses. But the students all act the same. There are still cliques, and there are still conflicts.

I don't normally like vampire stories where the vampires aren't really too different from humans, but I did enjoy this one. I really hope that the others are just as good. This book is re-readable, although it would not be my first choice. I do recommend it to those who like vampire stories and want a quick and easy read.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

My Overall Rating:

Age Recommendation:
This book is definitely for a more mature audience. There are scenes involving sex, masochism, and illegal relations. I would not recommend that someone under the age of 15 read this book.

Cover Art:
The cover art is very simple, yet very symbolic. It really ties in well with the book. I like it a lot. And it doesn't give away things within the story, it actually leaves you quite curious.


Nicole has a not-so-secret crush on her best friend's boyfriend.

Robby would kill for true love...he's done it before.

Joy hates boys, and today they're going to pay.

Derik can get any girl, except the one he wants.

Kelly has two boyfriends, but one's in jail.

Sean just wants to do the right thing...or does he?

My Review:
This book is dedicated "For all those who bleed". It's somewhat of a dark dedication. I really enjoyed this book. much more than I thought I would. It's set up in a very interesting way. The entire book takes place in one day. But each chapter is told from a different point of view, and some of them are at the same times as other and some are continuations in a different perspective. You would think that this style wouldn't necessarily work out too great, but it's a near flawless presentation.

For one day, you follow the lives of twelve different characters. You are given insight to their secrets and to what pains them. And all of these characters are connected to each other through at least one other person. Each person has to suffer from some misfortune that has befallen them.

Stolarz does an excellent job with letting you get to know the characters in such a short time period, and it doesn't feel rushed or forced. The only issue is that once you see their hardships, you want to know more after their time is up. You want to see a grand conclusion of how everything works out for them. But part of that is the beauty of this novel, it keeps you wanting more.

This book is an excellent read and everyone can relate to at least one of the characters, if not more. The situations are so real, so believable. This book is most definitely re-readable and I would recommend it to anyone mature enough to handle the content, because we all have hardships, and we all bleed.

Friday, October 9, 2009

So, the contest has closed. And we have a winner. Congrats to Sandy the Pirate Penguin. She will be receiving a copy of Nicholas Sparks' The Guardian and a $5 gift card to the book store of her choice! Thanks to those who entered and hope to see your entries in contests to come!

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