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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Portraits of Celina- By Sue Whiting

Portraits of Celina


Pen Name: Evie
Age: 18
Title: Portraits of Celina
Author: Sue Whiting
Publisher: Switch Press


Summary:

Bayley moves in to celina's old house. Celina went missing 40 years ago. But her spirit was left behind, and now she wants to possess Bayley. She wants Bayley to find the Killer, and make him pay. I liked the storyline, but I feel like it was repetitive and at some times poorly written. 

Cover appeal:

I like the cover because it shows Bayley wearing Celina's Clothes. 

Most compelling parts of the book:

Finding out who the killer was. 

Disappointments:

It wasn't scary, the character drives me insane. The way the author has her repeat herself and her thoughts were written really weird 

How would you rate this book?

2 - Needs more work

Recommendations and final thoughts:

Monday, February 16, 2015

Flirty Dancing- By Jenny McLachlan

Flirty Dancing (The Ladybirds, #1)


Pen Name: Hawk
Age: 12
Title: Flirty Dancing
Author: Jenny McLachlan
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children s


Summary:

Bea Hogg wants to enter a contest of dancing, but her best friend leaves her to dance with someone else. She gets set up with a dance partner by her Grandmother and they jive their way through the contest, but wait she happens to get paired with the a hottie her ex-friend wants. Will one win the hottie the other the dance contest, or will one get both?

Cover appeal:

I thought the cover was interesting, they did bring some of the smallest details to stand out on the cover. The face seems to pop out more then it should, especially the eyes.

Most compelling parts of the book:

I thought that Bea being placed in a new situation that was unusual to her usual life.

Disappointments:

I thought it was actually really good. The different ending is so good I loved it.

How would you rate this book?

4 - Better than most

Recommendations and final thoughts:

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Me Being Me is Exactly as Insane as You Being You- By Todd-Hasak-Lowy

Me Being Me Is Exactly as Insane as You Being You


Pen Name: Tonks Toes
Age: 15
Title: Me Being Me is Exactly as Insane as You Being You
Author: Todd Hasak-Lowy
Publisher: Simon Pulse


Summary:

Darren Jacobs parents are divorced, his brother is in college, and there is this girl he likes but doesn't know how to approach. After his dad comes out to him as gay, he goes on his own journey dealing with this new information and the predicament of his love life.

Cover appeal:

I really liked the cover. Really, the cover is what made me pick up the book in the first place. Personally, I like matte. 

But I really don't think that the cover portrays what the book is about. The cover is strokes of blue paint on a white background. I really don't see how this reflects the story of Darren and revelations.


Most compelling parts of the book:

That it is told in lists. I've read books that are told solely through poems or journal entries, but not through lists. It's one reason why I kept reading it for as long as I did (even though I didn't feel the need to finish the book). If you have a day or two to sit down and read this book, then go for it. It's not the kind of book that you can read over the course of a week or a month. 

Disappointments:

It became kind of repetitive. As I stated before, I didn't finish the book. I could probably guess at the ending and be right. 

How would you rate this book?

3 - Readable

Recommendations and final thoughts:

People who have time and enjoy a slice-of-life novel. If you're busy and can't commit, I don't recommend.

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Spider Ring- By Andrew Harwell

The Spider Ring

Pen Name: Hawk
Age: 12
Title: The Spider Ring
Author: Andrew Harwell
Publisher: Scholastic


Summary:

Maria inherits a ring with powers, but what the purpose of the ring is, she has to find out by herself. Maria finds out she can control spiders with it, but there is a catch, someone else is trying to get the spider magic for herself. Maria needs to solve the mysteries left for her and protect the people around her. Can she do it?

Cover appeal:

I thought the cover is a pretty blunt cover that doesn't make you think, I like a cover that has double meaning (for example add to the cover 7 other spiders hidden all around for each ring) This cover is also a little scary, I was a little worried at first because I'm not a big fan of scary books but the book was fine mostly on scary parts.

Most compelling parts of the book:

One thing that was going to stop me reading this book was my fear of spiders. I try to avoid spiders in general, even reading about them, but I read the book and it was actually really fun to read. I think my fear of spiders is what pushed me to read it, because I could think about spiders but not have to actually deal with.

Disappointments:

I wouldn't say it was disappointing except a lack of background knowledge. I did get a lot more around the end of the book, but it also caused more questions. Did the rings just come from the spider god, or did someone else make them? Who first got the rings? Where they just passed down in generations until they couldn't hold them and then some one knew stumbled upon the rings? I had lots of questions after one background story was told and I was sad I didn't get to know more.

How would you rate this book?

4 - Better than most

Recommendations and final thoughts:

I would say anyone who likes fantasy in a realistic situation, or just fantasy in general, someone who likes spiders, maybe even someone who fears or hates them, like me, would enjoy this book.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Sin Eater's Daughter- By Malinda Salisbury

The Sin Eater’s Daughter (The Sin Eater’s Daughter, #1)

Pen Name: Lupin
Age: 17
Title: The Sin Eater's Daughter
Author: Melinda Salisbury
Publisher: Scholastic Press


Summary:

Twylla is the royal executioner, able to kill with just one touch. She is to wed the prince in one year, but her fling with the new guard Lief could stand in the way of that. As the queen, she would be able to protect her people from the danger that lurks so close, yet unseen. But with Lief, Twylla could escape from her goddess status and live a normal life.

Cover appeal:

I really liked the cover. It's ornate without being overdone. It's easy to tell that the cover is from the first chapter, but it is something that is carried throughout the novel.

Most compelling parts of the book:

What I really liked about the book was whenever she talked about her life before becoming Daunen Embodied, being the Sin Eater's daughter.

Disappointments:

I was a little disappointed that all of the romance was highly concentrated in the middle of the novel. There is so much more than that to the story. Also, I would have liked to see more of Prince Merek's side of the triangle. How it's set from Twylla's point of view, it tries to get you to root for Lief, and doesn't' give Merek much of a chance.

How would you rate this book?

4 - Better than most

Recommendations and final thoughts:

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes twists and turns and great story telling. I thought I had the plot all laid out, and I did for a majority of the time, but BAM! it got me good in the end.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Brave New World- By Alduos Huxly






Brave New World

Pen Name: Batman
Age: 16
Title: Brave New World
Author: Alduos Huxly
Publisher: Harper Perennial

Summary:

This book was published in 1932 and was, very enjoyably, anti-communism. When the government decides that society can't be trusted with peace, they pose the question: Would you rather be happy or have the freedom to be unhappy? They chose number one. This book is about dealing with that and revolting against it. 

Cover appeal:

This book is so old that I doubt the copy that I have is the original cover. Mine reveals absolutely nothing about the book. 



Most compelling parts of the book:

The absolute convoluted-ness of the government. They knew about life before, and still went into a communist regime, that controlled peoples genetics. People didn't have a right to do what they wanted to, they were put under the illusion that they were doing it. 

Disappointments:

It was bland, but the philosophical point was made. 

How would you rate this book?

4 - Better than most

Recommendations and final thoughts:

People with high lexiles and mature readers, it is kind of explicit.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Princess Spy: By Melanie Dickerson

The Princess Spy


Pen Name: Flame
Age: 13
Title: The Princess Spy
Author: Melanie Dickerson
Publisher: Zondervann


Summary:

The Princess is the daughter of a German Lord. The Princess meets this severely wounded man who is trying to kill the man she is currently courting! What to do, what to do? Who will she fall in love with and who will die? Those are the questions!


Cover appeal:

The cover depicts the most beloved Princess Margaretha wonderfully! The landscaping looks similar to what is described in the book. She has those German features and the clothing exactly fits the style of the day and age that the book takes place in!

Most compelling parts of the book:

I think it is when we discover that Lord Claybrook is laughable when you look at him but deadly when you offend him or when he just wants you territory!


Disappointments:

I was not disappointed at all! It incorporated just the right amount of romance without making it mushy, just the right amount of violence without making it gory, and it is really neat when it shows how all the "good guys" turn to God for help whenever they are in their time of need!


How would you rate this book?

5 - Hard to imagine a better book


Recommendations and final thoughts:

All girls who are fed up with typical romance books! Guys are welcome to read it, but I don't think many will like it!