Wednesday, December 29, 2010
I was initially very intrigued by this novel. I was curious about a story of a young girl working through the suicide of her father. Soon though, I realized the book hit slightly less than my expectations. I was looking for an emotional and powerful novel of discovery and hope. Instead it focused more on Eddie's best friend Milo and his girlfriend, and how much Eddie hated her mom's best friend, and her father's only student and her small crush on him. I was disappointed that this novel was more of a high school - somewhat unrealistic - drama. It had far less depth and contemplation that usually comes with a story line focused on suicide. I was hurt at how the author seemed to almost completely overlook the suicide. Frankly, I was upset the way the suicide of Eddie's father was casually approached. If you enjoy a slightly clicheteen novel, this book is for you, but don't read it if you expect to find anything much deeper than that.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Minnetonka, Minnesota United States
Friday, December 24, 2010
Vesper is a very exciting book. I have to admit that while first reading the book I kept putting it aside to read others, but the ending captured my heart with its romance and my mind with its action. I love how the author showed Emily telling her story; it added suspense and helped me to later on realize why everything played out the way it did. I think everyone should read this story at some point in life. Behind all the fantasy, it gives examples about how everyone at some time in life, especially in school, feel like they don't fit in. I can't wait to read it again.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Fresno, California USA
Monday, December 20, 2010
I found this book enjoyable, as the characters were all very realistic and there was plenty of action. Every character had a unique personality, even those that could not talk, and this allowed me to picture them as actual people/creatures more easily. Also, the author often showed character thoughts, which let me understand each character better. The story was definitely suspenseful and it proved quite unpredictable. Jenny, as the narrator, was very sarcastic in the way she acted and what she said. I found this sarcasm very funny. At parts, the book was slow and there were other pats that required more detail, but overall I really enjoyed the sardonic humor of the characters and the interesting plotline. I recommend this book to fans of adventure, fantasy, and sarcasm.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Needham, Massachusetts United States
This book is all about King Arthur's times, which I absolutely love, so I was very excited to read it, and was not dissapointed. There was a huge part that confused me however, and this might help clarify it to people: Gwenhwyfar is the main character, and her sister's name is Gwenhwyfach, also known as Little Gwen because of her resemblance to Gwen. This puzzled me for the first few chapters because I did not notice a difference in the names at first so I thought they were the same character. There is also a lot of other people with similar namesﾾGynath, Gwydion, Gwalchmai, Gwalchafed, Gwynfor, and Agrwn to name a few. Also, if you are hoping for Queen Gwenhwyfar, you will not get to her until the last third of the book. And lastly, I want to warn you, in this book she has sexual intercourse and describes it. Despite all that, I found that I enjoyed the book a lot and it kept me very entertained. I could see it as a great movie. Please read this book, I would highly recommend it.
In this book, Gwen has sexual intercourse with two men, while being married to one of them, and most likely a third man, though she is not sure because she was drugged. Also she is described quite a few times by herself and others as being bred. &the only thing that kept it from being rape was my consent& I was breeding. He stayed only long enough to put a child in me and then could not leave me fast enough.
Also, a few characters are seen using black magic to bring men to bed with them and other stuff like that.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Gearhart, Oregon United States
This book was thoroughly enjoyable. It covers issues that hit close to the youth of today including parental influences and multicultural conflicts. Marisa is a real character who is easy to connect to. Perez wove a wonderful story about an extraordinary girl whom the average teen can sympathize with. It is a fun and engaging read.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Leverett, MA USA
I gave it a 2 because it includes some material that may not be suitable for all younger children.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Makanda, Illinois USA
Friday, December 17, 2010
Pegasus by Robin McKinley was a wonderful book. It was extremely hard to put this book down. I loved all the pegasi, but I have to say Niahi, Ebon, and Hibeehea were my favorites. The kingdom of Rhiandomeer was amazing; I could see it as if I were there. I wish I could live in Sylvi's world, despite people like Fthoom, who was very strict about enforcing the rules about pegasi. I thought it was funny that Sylvi always broke the rules: no touching pegasi, no riding pegasi, no flying on pegasi. The rules seemed kind of pointless, because it didn't seem like most of the pegasi would mind being ridden. The author created a great cast of characters; the pegasi were as interesting as the people. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy, adventure, or magical creatures. I hope Robin McKinley will write a sequel to this book.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Lake City, IA USA
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
There is no way that any book could get more epic than this one. The Sentinels is the best book I have read, no doubt about that. It was a roller coaster of events. First, it was the slow climb to the first climax, the pressure building and building as it went along. Then you finally get to the top and, bam, every thing goes much faster than before. Events taking place, secrets being reviled, epic battle fought and won. It doesn't stop until the book comes to an end, seemingly too soon. Anyone could read this book and fall into the adventure that is captured in those pages. So read what many have probably read and discover the pure awesomeness that others have experienced.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Mineola, Texas America
Sunday, December 12, 2010
This book was original and very short, which I liked, but it was also very confusing at times. Sometimes there would be scenes that seemed to serve no purpose to the plot that were just popped into places where they didn't fit. I was also waiting throughout the book for the plot to develop and turn into something, but it didn't happen until the very end, where a development was made and the book ended as a cliffhanger. It was written pretty well, I believe, in the way that I didn't want to stop reading, but it was kind of tense and a little bit awkward at points. This was overall an interesting book, but it had some issues that could be fixed with more development to the plot and a lot more organization. It was also written from the point of view of a sixteen-year-old boy, whose mind wasn't very pleasant to be in at some points. There was frequent crude language and scenes that were inappropriate for young ages, along with references to his activities with his girlfriend that also were unsuitable for younger minds. All things considered, I would recommend this book for someone who is in need of an interesting short read and is doesn't mind language and references to some questionable behavior.
For frequent crude language, a couple times with the f word, underage drinking, and teen sex mentioned and portrayed as okay.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Sandy, OR USA
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Akash's Daddima (grandmother, father's side) orders him to
go work for the land owner to pay off his family's debts,
but Akash realizes that the amount of work he does is
unimportant, because he will never be able to earn enough
money. Akash escapes to Delphi to seek an education.
There, he learns to live as an orphan at the train
station. Through a series of lucky events, Akash finds
that soon, he will be living out his dream- attending a
city boy's school
I did not really like this book because although it did
have an adventurous plot, it just did not seem like my
kind of plot. It was a common 12-year old, living out
ordinary events, such as sleeping on rooftops, selling
drugs, ect. Also, although I understood how the end was -
well, an end, it just sort of dropped off suddenly. I
think if there were an epilogue it would be better, but
this book would do best in a three or four book series.
Reviewer City, State and Country:
Santa Fe, TX USA
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
After finishing the last sentence on the last page, I felt satisfied. The plot of the book had power and twists, the characters had personality, and the author’s voice was captivating. I disappeared into the pages of this book; I was Raisa and then Gavrel and then Zusa. Gavrel did annoy me, but when he vanished I missed him. It was completely realistic. Esther Friesner gripped you and held you tight until the end, when she released you gently. I would never put this book down, but the beginning was a little slow. I would recommend this book to anyone who loved a page-turner and Historical Fiction.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Ellicott City, MD USA
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
I enjoyed this book, and look forward to further installments of this series. Those of us who enjoy fantasy literature always are looking for new worlds and characters to explore, but were often disappointed. Too often its more of the same, and Piers Anthony and J.R.R. Tolkien did it better. Wedgeworth may not be in their league yet, but he has created characters with depth and believability that we can care about, and the action keeps moving. The descriptions of Thoriks world are vivid in detail, yet they do not overwhelm the narrative. Plot turns and twists are reasonable, but not ridiculous. The story stands on its own, yet leaves the reader with an interesting cliffhanger to bring him or her back. A fine first offering."
Reviewer City, State and Country: Hearne, Texas US
At first glance, 'Falling under' IS 'Twilight'. For the first 100 pages, there is not really a difference to be found. This had the potential to be annoying, and the author realized this. She managed to make the book poke fun at itself and its similarities to the saga within the dialogue. The best example of this is in the book, during one scene, (which is the 'Falling Under' equivalent of the famous Say it. Out loud. scene from 'Twilight'), it shamelessly points out the glaringly obvious and slightly humorous similarities to the saga. Theia actually says 'You aren' t going to tell me that you are a vampire who sparkles in the sunlight, ARE YOU?' Luckily, Haden is a demon, not a vampire, and about 50 times more believable and WAY more attractive than Edward can ever dream of being. In my opinion, this is a much better book, written with MUCH better technique, and the audience quickly forgets the saga altogether as the plotline gets more intense. The hilarious, dark cast of minor characters (including a drag-queen psychic, a man-eating, gorgeous goth girl, a terrifying demon queen and a beautiful, but naive best friend) make this book edgy, enjoyable and funny. A lesser author with the same plot would have found it impossible to make this story not be depressing, due to the incredibly sad and dark subject matter, but there is never a point where our hearts remain broken for too long, which is a very, very selling quality. A gripping, uplifting tale of growing up and teenage rebellion, 'Falling Under' is to be one of the best books of the year.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Exeter, NH USA
Sunday, December 05, 2010
The Ugly Tree is one of the most interesting books I have read in a long time. It has an intriguing and original plot line. A reader will easily relate to Cane’s feelings for Justice. It perfectly describes a teenage girl meeting her first love. Her questions about life and why she was the only survivor of the car crash gets the reader thinking about why things happen for any particular reason. Cane’s character seems to be a little advanced for her age in the way she thinks, but most of the time she seems like any other ordinary teen age girl.
I rated this book a “3” because it does have some intense sections involving Cane and Justice together, and there is also some language that should be for older people only. The other reason is because there is some faith in it, but it isn't completely based on faith.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Makanda, Illinois USA
I devoured and simply adored this new YA dystopian novel. There are moments when I found myself engrossed, grasping the little paperback and yelling No at the words squiggling across the pages as the story unfolded around me. The plot is captivating and the writing artfully done. The characters were authentic and contained a certain depth that made me love the book just that much more, as I could relate to the pain they experience throughout the book. There is a slight Hunger Games feel to the it, which I do not object to at all. This is definitely one of the books I've read in 2010, and I cannot wait for the next installment of this trilogy.
mild sexual references
Reviewer City, State and Country: Los Altos, CA US
This book was not very well-written. It took me a long time to understand what was going on, and then it was so boring I could barely finish it. It had a good plot. It was just not written out very well
Reviewer City, State and Country: Dorr, Michigan United States
Mr. Dickens, after believing that they saw him one night,
renew their search for him. The clues lead to a mysterious
triangle names. Though, this triangle of names is even
more important when, underground, they found children,
half-dead, half-alive, and press-ganged into work, forging
bolts. Finally, they learn the location of Orion, but can
they rescue him in time?
I thought that, although a good
plot and extremely descriptive detail, there was a little
too much detail. It seemed like there was too much slow
parts in between the exciting. There was not a good
balance between dull and exciting. Otherwise, it was a
good book, as I said before, I liked the plot, and how you
just might be able to figure out the ending, just before
it actually happened.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Santa Fe, TX USA
I was disgusted while I read this book, not in a bad way though. I learned so much about the KKK and have been able to use information from the book on several school papers. Normally, when someone writes nonfiction, especially history, the reader is bored as soon as the first page is finished. This book did not do that for me because it was written with such superiority and efficiency that there wasn't a dull moment. I would recommend this book to any history or literature teacher; any student who needs to work on a research paper, or anyone who is interested in the history of the KKK. This is an amazing resource, with easy to understand explanations, so this would be my number one choice for research.
This is nonfiction, therefore original quotes have not been altered; graphic language is used. There is also some graphic material that might concern parents of younger children.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Osseo, Wisconsin United States
named Lace who's sister Marni has a medical condition. She
almost drowns underwater after she jumps off Turtle Rock .
Lace's mom and sister are at a far away hospital for
people like Marni. Lace and her dad are home by themselves
and her dad can't handle it, so he hires a helper named
Willa Dodge. Lace thinks that Willa Dodge is a thief, so
she keeps a close eye on her. But Lace finds out something
about Willa besides stolen goods.
At first reading The Properties of Water I didn't
really like it. I thought it was a little unorganized.
But after I found out why Marni and her mom were so far
away I started understanding it and liking it. I
recommend this book for people who like finding things out
later in the story rather than all in the beginning. I
think that The Properties of Water is kind of a mysterious
Reviewer City, State and Country:
Claremont, N.H U.S.A
of defiling girls, which involves getting your picture put
up on all the bathroom mirrors with a D written on it.
The main character is a ninth grade kid, Sherman Mack. He
has a huge crush on this tenth grade girl, Dini. When he
suspects that she might get D-listed, he sets out to find
the culprits of the Defiling, and gets himself into more
that he can handle.
Getting the Girl is one part mystery, two parts funny,
and one part just plain weird. The book starts out talking
about the schools tradition of defiling girls, which
involves getting your picture put up on all the bathroom
mirrors with a D written on it. If a girl is defiled,
then she is socially ruined forever. The main character is
a ninth grade kid, Sherman Mack. He has a huge crush on
this tenth grade girl, Dini. When he suspects that she
might get D-listed he sets out to find the culprits of the
Defiling. His investigation takes him on a wild ride. He
ends up finding out who is the defiler. I bet you can't
figure it out before they tell you. I thought the book was
enjoyable, a fun read, and funny as heck. I love how the
author showed common high school problems. One thing that
bugs me was she made high school seem like a battle zone.
(Ok, it can be; but, it's not that bad.) She over
exaggerated the cliques and groups that kids sort
themselves into. I thought Sherman was a very weird
fifteen year old boy. I have no idea how the male minds
works, but he just seemed a little off to me. Overall, the
book was a very enjoyable read.
Reviewer City, State and Country:
Carbondale, IL United States
I was not that impressed with Pretty Dead. First off, it just seems to be another faceless book in the vampire genre. There are way too many now, and if an author doesn't want her book to get lost in the shuffle, it must be extraordinary. I didn't care for any of the characters, which I blame on the fact that Block doesn't go into much detail. Everything is kept on the surface, including some of the plot. I would have liked to learn a lot more about the vampire lore, Charlotte's past and her relationships with the other characters. The only thing I liked about Pretty Dead was that it tried a new idea, with a vampire turning mortal. Normally books deal with the opposite, so I was interested in learning more about this process, but everything was very vague. If you want to read about vampires, I would recommend skipping Pretty Dead and finding another book.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Aston, Pennsylvania United States
When you throw together three unlikely friends and the tricky messenger of fey, you end up with an interesting and warm tale of friendship and a wonderful read. When reading this book, I was sucked in by the intriguing characters and warm fall feeling, setting an overall tone of warmth. Switching between the perspectives of each character also gave the book a curious feel as you got to see the experiences of each one. The characters were believable and unique, each one with their own quirks and personalities that help shape the odd and indescribable feel of the book. Overall, the writing was lovely, but simple. The book continued to feel warm through the suspenseful bits. Despite this, however, the author still managed to evoke that feeling of anticipation throughout those scenes. I loved the book for what it was, but it isn't exactly the best book I've ever read. I'd recommend this book for readers ages 10 and up.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Sykesville, Maryland United States
Friday, December 03, 2010
Short Circus has something for everyone. It is a realistic fiction novel with action and a bit of mystery. The characters all have unique personalities and are believable. Also, the events that take place in the book are original. I especially liked the part when Jesse took Jem and his friends to a festival in a nearby town. I would suggest this book for kids ages 10-12.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Leawood, KS United States
"The Law of Nines" was an exceptional book that had me on the edge of my seat and wanting to read more. It contained few flaws, and a brilliant plot, which made it one of the best books i have ever read. The setting was somewhat scarce at points, however this was appropriate, as a setting wouldn't have done much good. This left some of the book at the mercy of the reader's mind, making it rather interesting. The mood of this book was one of bewilderment, however it also contained much romance. This romance between Alex and Jax grew and matured in a very realistic and lifelike way. Being so lifelike, this love drew me into the novel and helped me understand the characters, and not think of them as fictional.
The narrative of this novel was direct and very scarce, as it needed to be. The emotions of the dialogues was what truly captured the overall feel of the novel, and made the book understandable and enjoyable. The ending of the novel was both fulfilling and not fulfilling at the same time. While it is implied that everything will be alright in the end, one never gets to surely see if the events that transpire do indeed end well. This sort of ending that really makes a reader feel as if they had just experienced an excellent book.
Terry Goodkind achieved a fantastic, gripping novel that has complicated subplots, a twisted web of emotions, and a fantastic ending. There was, however, just one weakness of the book. During long monologues, the characters would speak in one sentence paragraphs. I found this to be confusing, mainly because I would be forced to be constantly checking for quotation marks at the end of paragraphs to be sure the same character was still talking. However, this did not affect the plot, and I was both mentally and emotionally moved by the novel. I would recommend "The Law of Nine" by Terry Goodkind to anybody looking for a very good read, as I enjoyed it very much.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Baltimore, Maryland USA
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
In Secondhand Charm by Julie Berry, Evie lives a quiet life in a small village with her grandfather. She's the village healer, the person everyone turns to anytime there's an illness or emergency. One day, the village receives word that the king is coming, to see the famous feast of Saint Bronwyn. They very quickly clean up the town in order to make it presentable for the king. When he arrives, he brings with him a sickly Lord Chancellor. Luckily, Evie is able to save him, and Evie and her best friend Priscilla are granted a place at the university at the kingdom's capital. They have difficulties getting there, since the carriage is overrun by bandits and their ship sinks in a storm. Evie learns that she is
magical and has a pet leviathan. In the capital, she gets caught up with politics and becomes best friends with Annalise, a princess meant to marry the king.
Secondhand Charm was very enjoyable to read. It was well written and had an interesting plot. Also, there were no stereotypical werewolves or vampires. Leviathans were a nice change. Evie was a well-rounded character with realistic feelings. Her surprise at finding out about her heritage and leviathan were palpable. It was interesting to read about Evie's surprise when she discovered that she was a Serpentina. While some parts were predictable, such as the soon-to-be
Queen Annalise's motives, the book was not ruined. Overall, Secondhand Charm was an exceptional novel with interesting characters.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Charleston , South Carolina, USA