Josie Griffin is NOT a Vampire By Heather Swain

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Publisher: Speak

Genre: Fantasy and young adult

Release Date: September 13, 2012

Pages: 272 (Paperback)

Josie Griffin is NOT a Vampire

When former good girl turned rebel Josie Griffin gets busted for what was in her mind perfectly acceptable revenge on her cheating dog of a boyfriend, she lands herself in anger management therapy. It could be worse: it could be juvvie, or she could be a zombie cheerleader like the rest of her former friends. But there’s something strange about therapy–these are not normal kids. There’s the wannabe ladies man with a weird accent, Johann; the blindingly gorgeous Helios; Avis with his wild dreads; and Tarren, the sprite of a girl with a wicked temper. And all of them keep talking about “powers.” Josie knows that has to be impossible, but strange things start happening, and nothing weird ever happens in Indiana. After all, there’s no such things as vampires, werewolves, Greek gods, or fairies . . . right?

(My Opinion)

This book isn’t a book for me. I honestly thought I would love it, it sounds funny and like a very interesting, lighthearted read. Instead I got a disorganized book that is full of dumb and boring things. In the beginning, everything was going great, it was interesting and even a little funny. That quickly changed once I reached chapter four or five. The characters are all stiff and seem like complete jokes. Nothing interesting happens in this book that really caught my attention. It really annoyed me.

The writing style is just all over the place. It’s very disorganized and confusing, acting more like a whiny girl’s diary than anything else. At one point, she’s trying to convince her new friends to help her figure out what to do about the HAG situation, then a few chapters later, Josie is the one who needs to be convinced to help. That just doesn’t make sense at all. Something that really annoys me about this book is the romance. It is very shallow and annoying. They barely know each other but they’re talking about each other like they’ve known each other forever instead of two weeks? No. That is stupid and wrong. But what annoys me even more is that Josie thinks she’s some kind of investigator when she isn’t. Not even close. The book doesn’t help her prove that she’s an investigator because there are little to no clues that keep readers guessing or makes this book a little more complex. The ending sucks because nothing interesting happens. Just a few heart-to-hearts between some of the characters.

I really like that this book uses difficult words instead of only using ‘easy’ words like, contrite and ostentatious (just to name a few). I like the beginning because it is interesting and funny at first. I wouldn’t recommend this book because I don’t think very many people would enjoy this book. It’s very disorganized and stiff instead of the funny read you would have expected.

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Song Of The Day#55-Knee Deep By Lydia

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Lydia was the first band that I posted about when I first started this meme. In anticipation for their upcoming album, Devil, I’m going to post another song y this band. I’m also posting this song a day after it was released to the public just because this band that much. Are you going to their North American Tour in the spring? I am. You should too if you know what’s good for you.

Lydia is an indie rock band from Gilbert, Arizona that was formed in 2003. In 2010, the band took a year-long hiatus because of a fight that was between Steve McGraw and Leighton Antelman. Currently, the band has four albums released with a fifth coming up. Knee Deep is off of their upcoming album, Devil.

Knee Deep is just so precious! The band has headed in a new direction, using different types of techno beats. Such an addicting song. I know that it just came out two days ago, but I’ve listened to this song at least a hundred times already.

My favourite part is:

Everything I learned I’ll soon forget it.
You tell me I fucked up well I guess I did then.
Just take me back to that day.

I don’t want to wait, I don’t want to wait, I don’t want to wait.
So I take my time. I take my time.
I don’t want to wait, I don’t want to wait, I don’t want to wait.
So I take my time. I take my time.
But if you stay it might get cold.

you can listen to Knee Deep here.

Lyrics are here.

Song Of The Day#54-Grace by Captives

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If you’re a fan of Seahaven then you will defiantly like this band. Actually, I think if you like most post-hardcore bands that you will like this band too. I know for one that I cannot wait for their full length album to be released. This band has so much potential to do great things.

Captives is a post hardcore band from Eagle Mountain, Utah. “My Eyes Are Open is what radio stations would be playing if they actually had an ear for music. While listening it’s easy to pick up on their rock roots, but the further into a track you get the more layers start to unfold. A lulling baseline might kickstart a song, but by its end emotionally draining vocals are being shouted, eclipsing your first impression and morphing it into an almost transcendental experience of pain and whirling guitar riffs. This album is a deeply emotional journey that will move the listener. It’ll pick you up one moment, make you want to cry the next, and then leave you with a sense of hope for the future.”-Taken from the band’s bandcamp page.


Grace 
is a lovely song that at first, is slow and gently but then quickly speeds up with still gentle vocals and an intense drumming part.

My favourite part is:

Even though I’m young I still feel old. Like a book that’s written, a story told.

I am responsible for your pain, yes I am the disappointing summer rain.

Yes I am the crossing train, yes I am the one you need to entertain.
So we took the time and we took it back. All deaf from hearing my voice crack.

We shouted out to the heaven above, ” Have I lost your love”.

You can listen to Grace and get a free and LEGAL download here.  With lyrics.

Brothers by The Black Keys

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Record Label: Nonesuch Records

Genre: Rock

Release Date: May 18, 2010

Songs: 15
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The Black Keys is an American rock band formed in Akron, Ohio in 2001. The group consists of Dan Auerbach (guitar, vocals) and Patrick Carney (drums). The group began as an independent act founded after the duo dropped out of college, and they eventually emerged among a second wave of popular garage rock revival artists from the 2000s. Currently, The Black Keys have released seven albums- The Big Come Up, Theakfreakness, Rubber Factory, Magic Potion, Attack & Release, Brothers, and El Camino.

(My Opinion)

I don’t care if you’re a hardcore hip hop/whatever you are into lover. The Black Keys is a band for everyone. With beats that just make you want to dance and act like a bad ass how can you not enjoy their music?

I can truly say that there is nothing that I dislike about this album.

Every song starts off with an awesome instrumental intro followed by the band’s easy-going tunes and vocals. Speaking of vocals,  Dan Auerbach’s singing is very smooth and welcoming by not only low and deep notes but also singing very high notes.His voice sounds like a lullaby that draws you in on a cold night. I really like that all of the songs tell an actual story about past romances and futures one, like, Too Afraid To Love You and Next Girl,  family, for example, Unknown Brother and life, Sinister Kid and These Days. These songs, like every other song on this album has catchy, memorable lyrics that even if you’ve heard them once, you would know which song from which. Even though all the songs on brothers has the same song structure, the different instruments used like the harmonica, tambourine, and big drums help to distinguish each song.

I recommend this album to everyone. it appeals to everyone, especially to rock, pop, indie, and blues fans. Even if you don’t enjoy this kind of music, I strongly recommend that you give it a try. From the album, Brothers, my favourite songs are- Tighten Up, Sinister Kid, She’s Long Gone, and Howlin’ For You. 

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Songs On The Album

1. Everlasting Light-3:27

2. Next Girl-3:19

3. Tighten Up-4:00

4. Howlin’ For You-3:13

5. She’s Long Gone-3:11

6. Black Mud-2:10

7. The Only One-5:01

8. Too Afraid To Love You-3:25

9. Ten Cent Pistol-4:30

10. Sinister Kid-3:45

11. The Go Getter-3:38

12. I’m Not The One-3:50

13. Unknown Brother-4:00

14. Never Gonna Give You Up-3:39

15. These Days-5:12

Song Of The Day#53-Drunk Girls By LCD Soundsystem

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If you have an Ipod/Ipad/Iphone/anything Apple now, you probably have heard of Tap Tap. The amazing game that allows you to listen to your favourite songs and found out about new songs while playing a very addicting game. Tap tap is how I found this song and how I found Fun. The awesome band that has taken over the world thanks to their song, We Are Young. 

LCD Soundsystem was an American-based dance-punk band from New York City. It was fronted by American singer-songwriter and producer James Murphy, co-founder of record label DFA Records. The group released three critically acclaimed albums, LCD SoundsystemSound of Silver and This Is Happening. LCD Soundsystem broke up during 2011, their final show was in April.

Drunk Girls is just a light, fun song about how girls act much differently drunk than boys do when they’re drunk. Girls have the perks and advantages while boys have…well close to nothing when they’re drunk.

My favourite part is:

(Drunk girls)

Just ’cause I’m shallow doesn’t mean that I’m heartless

(Drunk girls)

Just ’cause I’m heartless doesn’t mean that I’m mean


(Drunk boys)

Sometimes love gives us too many options

(Drunk girls)

Just ’cause you’re hungry doesn’t mean that you’re lean

(Drunk girls)

I’ve heard lies that could curdle your heartstrings

(Drunk girls)

A couple truths, maybe burn out your eyes

You can listen to Drunk Girls here. 

Lyrics are here.

Burn For Burn By Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Genre: Contemporary, realistic fiction

Release Date: September 18, 2012

Pages: 368 (hard cover)

Burn For Burn (Burn For Burn # 1)

Lillia has never had any problems dealing with boys who like her. Not until this summer, when one went too far. No way will she let the same thing happen to her little sister.


Kat is tired of the rumours, the insults, the cruel jokes. It all goes back to one person– her ex-best friend– and she’s ready to make her pay.Four years ago, Mary left Jar Island because of a boy. But she’s not the same girl anymore. And she’s ready to prove it to him.

Three very different girls who want the same thing: sweet, sweet revenge. And they won’t stop until they each had a taste.

(My Opinion)

Burn For Burn is not a great start to this series, but I don’t dislike this book either. Told from the perspectives of Lillia, Kat, and Mary. Even though the idea for this isn’t very unique, it’s really interesting and fun to read about the pranks the girls pull on people. Most of the characters are stiff and sort of hard to relate to while others are okay, better in some ways than others. My favourite character is Alex because he gets pretty embarrassed throughout the book by a lot of the other characters but still tries to see the good in people.

I find all of the main characters annoying either from one point to another or all of the time. Mary is the worst because she’s constantly whining and complaining about how her life hasn’t changed, Reeve doesn’t notice her, and that she isn’t pulling her weight with the pranks. The way Marie is at the end of the book is…Odd. I can’t put a finger on why, but the ending is kind of rushed and choppy to me.  Another thing that I don’t like is the quick fix relationship between Kat and Lillia because it doesn’t seem like something two realistic teens would do. They go from complete (for the most part) strangers to best friends again, who tell each other everything. Maybe for second graders this is realistic, but not for teenage girls.

Burn For Burn has some good qualities about it as well, like the writing style. It’s smooth with great detail about the island and just enough flashbacks to keep it interesting. The chapters are really short, it’s easy to read 100 pages without realizing it because the transitioning from each character is so smooth. There are different perspectives in the story which always keeps a book interesting and fun to read about. For covers, this one is so  beautiful. It’s very sophisticated and secretive and I cannot stop looking at it.

Overall, not a bad read. It’s light enough to finish in a day or two but heavy enough to linger in your mind for a few days.

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Recommendations

 Review: Speechless by Hannah Harrington from Book’d Out

Review: What Happens Next By Colleen Clayton from Justin’s Book Blog

Review: From What I Can Remember by Stacy Kramer from Early Nerd Special

Review: Lucid By Adrienne Stoltz and Ron Bass from Birth Of A New Witch

Review: Lovely, Dark and Deep by Amy McNamara from 365 Days Of Reading

Song Of The Day#52-Secrets (Hush) By He Is We

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I AM SO FREAKING HAPPY. YOU DO NOT EVEN UNDERSTAND HOW HAPPY I AM RIGHT NOW. Rachel Taylor has rejoined He Is We! YAY! I am so happy for her! Even though I feel kind of bad for Stevie, I feel that the band wouldn’t be as good without Rachel. Thank god she’s back on board! As for Trevor, No one is completely sure if he will be on board with He Is We because he has another project going on. I hope he stays and does this new album!

He Is We is an indie pop band from Tacoma, Washington. This duo started playing music in 2008. As of september 2012, lead vocalist, Rachel Taylor was forced to resign because she was diagnosed with ankylosis spondylitis. This disease is when your joints and bones in your spine join together (extremely painful). Stevie Scott was the lead singer of He Is We until Rachel rejoined the band. Currently, they have one album and one EP and are working on their second album. Secrets (Hush) is off of their up coming album.

Since this is only a teaser, I can’t really post the lyrics or my favourite part. But I am very pumped for this new album! You should be too!

You can get a free download here.