Wednesday, April 28, 2010
ETA: Ew I just realized my blog isn't big enough to fit the video... here's the YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxLpU3agGk0
Monday, April 5, 2010
Title: Home Sweet Drama (Canterwood Crest Series #8)
Author: Jessica Burkhart
Release Date: April 6, 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing (Aladdin)
Length: 240 pages
If the girls have learned anything, it's that only the strong survive at Canterwood Crest Academy. Just ask Jasmine.... Oh, whoops. You can't — she's back at Wellington Prep. Well, then, ask Heather Fox. After all, she's the lone Queen Bee left standing.
But Sasha Silver has more than proven that she's worthy competition on — and off — the arena. Is there a new queen in the making?
I am a horseback rider myself, and to find a series focusing in on the lives of other teenage riders, I was pretty excited. Since I first picked up the initial Canterwood Crest novel, Take the Reins, this series has been my comfort series despite targeting a younger crowd.
In Home Sweet Drama, the eighth installment, I was relieved to find that it was more focused on the main character’s, Sasha’s, riding since the last few books have leaned more towards her social life/drama. The increase of riding made me more interested in Sasha, and how she would handle it without being distracted. In previous books she had a hard time concentrating on her horse, Charm, because her thoughts would drift to her social life and comparing herself to other riders. But in this one, however, she gave Charm the attention he needed and therefore we have watched her mature as a rider throughout the series.
But while the amount of riding increased, the emphasis on her social life decreased, which was a major part of fueling the storyline. In comparison to other books, Home Sweet Drama was more predictable and low key. The amount of major events diminished, and while I appreciated the boost in Sasha’s riding life, I would have enjoyed some more twists and turns in her social life.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Until three months ago, everything in sixteen-year-old Camelia's life had been fairly ordinary: decent grades, an okay relationship with her parents, and a pretty cool part-time job at the art studio downtown. But when a mysterious boy named Ben starts junior year at her high school, Camelia's life becomes anything but ordinary.
Rumored to be somehow responsible for his ex-girlfriend's accidental death, Ben is immediately ostracized by everyone on campus. Except for Camelia. She's reluctant to believe he's trouble, even when her friends try to convince her otherwise. Instead, she's inexplicably drawn to Ben.and to his touch. But soon, Camelia is receiving eerie phone calls and strange packages with threatening notes. Ben insists she is in danger, and that he can help-but can he be trusted? She knows he's hiding something... but he's not the only one with a secret.