Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Last Kids On Earth & The Zombie Parade- Max Brallier

The Last Kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade (Last Kids on Earth, #2)

Pen name: Elemental
Age:  14
Title reviewed: The Last Kids On Earth and the Zombie Parade
Author: Max Brallier
Publisher: Viking

Summary:

Jack Sullivan and his friends are not normal seventh graders.  What sets them apart from the seventh graders today, is that Jack and his friends are trying to survive through the zombie apocalypse.  Jack and his friends meet many monsters and zombies that that would either help or oppose them in the fight that could mean the end of the world.


Cover appeal:

I thought the cover described the book very well.  The cover is what actually made me first look through the book.


Most compelling parts of the book:

The most compelling aspect of the book for me was when Jack and his friends battled the monster that was trying to take over and destroy the world.


Disappointments:

I was slightly disappointed with the beginning of the book because it didn't describe the characters or the situation they were in very well.  It took me awhile to understand the book but when I did, I really started getting into it.

How would you rate this book?

4 - Better than most

Recommendations and final thoughts:

I would recommend this book to teens and up.  Anyone below this age could find some parts very disturbing, while anyone a teen or above could really enjoy this book like I did.

Angel Fever (Book 3) - By L.A. Weatherly

Angel Fever (Angel, #3)

Pen name: Rosemary
Age:  14
Title reviewed: Angel Fever
Author: L.A. Weatherly
Publisher: Candlewick Press

Summary:

Angel Fever is the last and final book in the Angel Burn trilogy. Now that the angels has a stranglehold on humanity, Willow and Alex are now recruiting more AK (Angel Killers) to hold ground on the celestial battlefield to defeat all the angels once and for all. But something happens to turn Willow's life upside-down.


Cover appeal:

That it had a picture of Willow (I think). Not really.


Most compelling parts of the book: SPOILER ALERT!!

When Willow actually opened both portals and didn't die but she killed all the angels, including Raziel.


Disappointments:
Nope

How would you rate this book?

5 - Hard to imagine a better book

Recommendations and final thoughts:

Teens ages 12-18 who love romance and action.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Angel Fire (Book 2) - L.A. Taylor

Angel Fire (Angel, #2)
Pen name: Rosemary
Age:  14
Title reviewed: Angel Fire
Author: L.A. Weatherly
Publisher: Candlewick Press

Summary:

Alex and Willow, after The Second Wave, are having a hard time finding recruits for a new AK, Angel Killer, team but that all changes when they go to a band concert and discover a new challenge and an old friend.


Cover appeal:

How she had the lines look like flames and the cover image didn't reflect the contents, but the title did reflect the contents because of what happens later in the book.


Most compelling parts of the book:

For me, there was more than one compelling aspect in this book. The aspect that I found the most compelling aspect was when Alex decided that he and Willow were done, that he was going to break up with her, after what he heard her say about Seb.


Disappointments:

There was some boring chapters within the book, but other than that, no.

How would you rate this book?

4 - Better than most

Recommendations and final thoughts:

I would recommend this book to people who love action-packed adventures that has an unexpected twist in the middle.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Angel Burn (Book 1) - By L.A.Weatherly

Angel Burn (Angel, #1)

Pen name: Rosemary
Age:  14
Title reviewed: Angel Burn
Author: L.A. Weatherly
Publisher: Candlewick Press

Summary:

Willow knows she is different than the rest all her life. But everything changes when Alex (an Angel Killer) is sent a text saying that no matter what, he must shoot the angel, and the angel was Willow, who didn't know she was part angel.


Cover appeal:

The cover didn't reflect the contents at all.


Most compelling parts of the book:

The most compelling aspect was when The Second Wave happened, that there was a slim chance of Willow surviving and she meet her father.


Disappointments:

No, it was very action-packed.

How would you rate this book?

5 - Hard to imagine a better book

Recommendations and final thoughts:

To people who love a little romance with an action-packed adventure.

Loot: How To Steal A Fortune- by Jude Watson

Loot (Loot #1)


Pen name: Elemental
Age:  14
Title reviewed: Loot: How To Steal A Fortune
Author: Jude Watson
Publisher: Scholastic Press

Summary:

March's dad is Alfie McQuin the famous jewel thief.  When Alfie falls off of a building his final words are "find jewel".  March thinks that this means to steal more jewels and other riches, so he and a few friends travel the world to pull off the biggest crimes, all in his dad's memory.


Cover appeal:

I like the cover to this book because it reflects the contents very well.  The diamond stands for all the things they have to steal.  The sun glasses stand for being undercover.


Most compelling parts of the book:

The most compelling aspect of the book is when March chooses family over money.  It shows that when you are even the most notorious thief in the world you still some soft spots.


Disappointments:

I was disappointed with the beginning of the book because it was really slow and was hard to understand.  Later in the book, when March and his friends start pulling of huge crimes, the book gets a lot more interesting.

How would you rate this book?

4 - Better than most

Recommendations and final thoughts:

I would recommend this book to all middle schoolers and junior high students.  This is a great book, and I am positive that anyone who reads this book would agree with me.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Boy Robot- By Simon Curtis

Boy Robot


Pen name: Jaws
Age:  17
Title reviewed: Boy Robot
Author: Simon Curtis
Publisher: Simon Pulse

Summary:

This book is centered around a boy named Isaak.  Isaak discovers, on his 18th birthday, that he is a robot.  The book continues to follow Isaak, and other robots that he meets, as they journey to the robot safe haven of Las Angeles.  If you liked Mila 2.0 for the robotics, then this is a book for you.  If you are looking for a story that has a smidgen of romance, I would point you toward Mila 2.0.


Cover appeal:

The cover reflected the theme of robotics, but did not tell anything else about the book.


Most compelling parts of the book:

 As the book goes on, there is a feeling that you, as the reader, don't know exactly what is going on.  That said, I would say the most compelling aspect of this book was to figure out what exactly is going on.


Disappointments:

This book was very fast-paced, but it felt like the plot didn't go much of anywhere.  I felt this book was more of introductory to the story other than a plot advancement.

How would you rate this book?

3 - Readable

Recommendations and final thoughts:

As a side note, there was a bit of strong language and vague descriptions of nudity.  I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone under 15.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Blood of Oympus- By Rick Riordan

The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus, #5)

Pen name: Taylor Sue
Age:  16
Title reviewed: The Blood of Olympus
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide

Summary:

The Blood of Olympus is the fifth and final book in the Heroes of Olympus and as far as closings for a series go I can't complain. The book follows the crew of the Argo II as they continue their quest to defeat the earth mother Gaea.


Cover appeal:

The book cover was gorgeous as always. And I have to admit I was a bit confused as to why Jason was wearing glasses on the cover but was super happy to have that mystery solved towards the end of the book. Over all I thought it was a great cover.


Most compelling parts of the book:

Despite the main aspect of the books being mythology, gods, and monsters, the characters really stole the show as they continued to learn more about themselves and their powers. Also, it was really exciting to get to learn more about Reyna's backstory.

There were just so many strong female characters in this book, it was truly amazing.


Disappointments:

I was a bit disappointed that the big fight at the end felt a bit anticlimactic but the rest of the book was so good I didn't really even care.

How would you rate this book?

4 - Better than most

Recommendations and final thoughts:

The short answer? Everyone. Although it's published as a middle grade book it has appeal to all age groups.