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Friday, September 4, 2015

Four- By Veronica Roth

Four: A Divergent Story Collection (Divergent, #0.1 - 0.4)


Pen Name: Beatrice
Age: 18
Title: Four
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: Harper Collins


Summary:

Four is a background story on the popular male protagonist from the Divergent series, also by Veronica Roth. The story was very interesting during the parts about him, but one the story got into when Tris was introduced, it got a little boring.

Cover appeal:

The flaming Ferris wheel on the cover definitely caught my eye! It reflects one of Four's fears and a part of the Divergent series. 

Most compelling parts of the book:

I was really interested in Four's story when I read the Divergent series, and now this novel expands on it!

Disappointments:

I felt like when Tris was introduced to this story, it was basically repeating the same things that happened in Divergent. That made it a little boring.

How would you rate this book?

3 - Readable

Recommendations and final thoughts:

I would recommend this book to people who like action books. I would also recommend reading the Divergent series, or at least the first book, first. 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Bleed Like Me- By C. Desir

Bleed Like Me


Pen Name: Winter
Age: 13
Title: Bleed Like Me
Author: C. Desir
Publisher: Simon Pulse


Summary:

Amelia Gannon ( just Gannon to her friends) definitely has an interesting story.Then she meets Michael Brooks and her story really gets interesting. I really enjoyed this book because I have never read anything quite like it and love the way it plays out. 

Cover appeal:

I think the cover did a good job of reflecting the book. It is simple, but represents the book on many different levels that are revealed throughout the book.

Most compelling parts of the book:

I think the most compelling aspect of the book is the relationship between Gannon and Brooks.

Disappointments:

I was a little disappointed in the bluntness towards the end of the book. 

How would you rate this book?

4 - Better than most

Recommendations and final thoughts:

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a different kind of love story. I will however say that it does contain several mature things and possible triggers. Readers discretion is advised.

Divergent- by Veronica Roth

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

Pen Name: Luxa
Age: 14
Title: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: HarperCollins publishers


Summary:

The writing was extremely good. The story was well thought out and original. Amazing descriptions, it made me feel like I was in the book.

Cover appeal:

I loved how that had the word divergent with a slash through it. I liked being able to see Tris' tattoo.

Most compelling parts of the book:

All the action and just how real it all felt

Disappointments:

I wasn't at all disappointed 

How would you rate this book?

5 - Hard to imagine a better book

Recommendations and final thoughts:

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves action, excitement, and a little romance

The Improbable theory of Ana and Zak- By Brian Katcher

The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak


Pen Name: HPfan
Age: 11
Title: The Improbable theory of Ana and Zak
Author: Brian Katcher
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books


Summary:

Simply a Phenomenal piece of work that includes humor,romance all mixed up, leaving you stunned in awe.

Cover appeal:

The cover has very simple but eye catching details that tell you about a certain character.

Most compelling parts of the book:

Terrifyingly good leaving you on the edge of your seat.

Disappointments:

It's hard to imagine a better book than The Improbable Theory Of Ana and Zak

How would you rate this book?

It's hard to imagine a better book than The Improbable Theory Of Ana and Zak

Recommendations and final thoughts:

Teens who love their books with humor,romance, and edge all in one book.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Drowning Instict by Ilsa J. Bick

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Pen Name: Winter
Age: 13
Title: Drowning Instinct
Author: Ilsa J. Bick
Publisher: Carolhoda Lab

Summary:

Jenna Lord is a 16 year old with a problem, okay, problems, and to top it all of there's Mitch Anderson. Her teacher. This story, as said in the official summary, is not your average fairy-tale. It is an amazing book that will definitely toy with your emotions. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read, but will also warn that it contains sexual content.  

Cover appeal:

I really like the cover because it is simple, but matches the book very well.

Most compelling parts of the book:

I really think the format of writing is very interesting. It is supposed to be as if Jenna, the main character, is speaking into a tape recorder. I think it really helps the story come to life.

Disappointments:

I was not extremely disappointed in anything in the book, but I will say that I would like a more definite ending. 

How would you rate this book?

5 - Hard to imagine a better book

Recommendations and final thoughts:

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a new kind of love story with interesting characters, and unexpected plot twists.

William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back by Ian Doescher

William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back (William Shakespeare's Star Wars, #5)



Pen Name: Beatrice
Age: 18
Title: William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back
Author: Ian Doescher
Publisher: Quirk Books

Summary:

The Shakespeare parody of the fifth Star Wars movie did not add up to its predecessor. It more resembled a direct copy of the film written in Shakespeare; it lacked the witty references that the previous book held.

Cover appeal:

The cover shows Yoda in Shakespeare clothes. This was appropriate because this is the book where Yoda is introduced. 

Most compelling parts of the book:

I love Star Wars, parodies, and I've enjoyed the other books in this series. They make the reader think a little bit and reference classic works by Shakespeare. 

Disappointments:

I found this book to be very much like an exact copy of the movie. I wished there was more references to works by Shakespeare like there has been in the other books. 

How would you rate this book?

3 - Readable

Recommendations and final thoughts:

Fans of Star Wars who love reading works of Shakespeare will definitely enjoy this book! One may like it more if they've seen the movies and read this one first, so they still understand what is happening but don't find themselves missing the humor aspect.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

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Pen Name: HayleyBailey
Age: 13
Title: Every Last Word
Author: Tamara Ireland Stone
Publisher: Hyperion


Summary:

Samantha has OCD and she's been keeping from her friends for five years.Samantha goes to through the prop room and found and another room. She knocks on the door and says someone told me this would change my life so Andrew opens the door and let's her in. He says only this once though and don't come back you can't tell anyone about this place you have to forget about it.

Cover appeal:

Yes the cover fits the story. It hints at that someone in the book likes the number three.

Most compelling parts of the book:

The part that keep me reading was when Andrew told Samantha that Caroline was dead.

Disappointments:

No the book was very good.


How would you rate this book?

5 - Hard to imagine a better book

Recommendations and final thoughts:

Someone who like to read about someone who has OCD.