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Monday, June 13, 2016

Tell Me Three Things- By Julie Buxbaum

Tell Me Three Things


Pen name: Macaroon
Age: 14
Title reviewed: Tell me three things
Author:  Julie Buxbaum
Publisher: Delacorte Press


Summary: in the book what i like is that it shows how school can be when you transfer and don't really have any friends. Though there might be someone there for you, you might not see them. That's what Jessie goes through and I'm happy that she found out who her anonymous writer was.  



Cover appeal: Well waffles so first it reminded me of food but the words made me think of "I love you" and at the bottom of the cover it has a whole waffle so two peoples whose hearts connected.



Most compelling parts of the book: That Jessie she bottles up her feelings and doesn't really show them but when she talks to SN she opens up and shows herself.



Disappointments: I so wanted to know if Dri and Liam get together but the book is a-ok  



How would you rate this book? 5 - Hard to imagine a better book



Recommendations and final thoughts: To those who know how transferring school is and don't mind a little romance sprinkled in.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Fire Walker- By Josephine Angelini

Firewalker (Worldwalker, #2)
Pen name: Macaroon
Age: 14
Title reviewed: Fire Walker
Author: Josephine Angelini
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends


Summary: I liked how magical it was and that it was interesting. With just a little romance sprinkled in. I was sad to know that Ronan did not believe in her but that justs wants me to read it more to know the rest.



Cover appeal: Of a field on fire and three gemstones that seem to have something to with the main character.



Most compelling parts of the book: When she figured out that maybe the woven are humans as well as different animals.



Disappointments: none



How would you rate this book? 5 - Hard to imagine a better book



Recommendations and final thoughts: to those who don't mind witches and stuff like that.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Passion of Dolssa- By Julie Berry


The Passion of Dolssa
Pen name: Cress
Age: 15
Title reviewed: The Passion of Dolssa
Author: Julie Berry
Publisher:  Viking Books for Young Readers


Summary: In the 13th century in Medieval France, a mystic who works in miracles is being pursued by inquisitors. Her journey brings to Baja, where she transforms the life of the villagers.



Cover appeal: The cover displayed the title of the book and included a brief summary. I thought it could have been more creatively displayed.



Most compelling parts of the book: I thought the premise of the book was really unique. I was interested to see where the author would go with the concept.



Disappointments: I thought the book was on the lengthy side. I think it could shorter and just as effective.



How would you rate this book? 4 - Better than most



Recommendations and final thoughts: People interested in Medieval Europe and religion.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Tell Me Three Things- By Julie Buxbaum

Tell Me Three Things

Pen name: Macaroon
Age: 14
Title reviewed: Tell me three things
Author:  Julie Buxbaum
Publisher: Delacorte Press


Summary:

in the book what i like is that it shows how school can be when you transfer and don't really have any friends. Though there might be someone there for you, you might not see them. That's what Jessie goes through and I'm happy that she found out who her anonymous writer was.  



Cover appeal: 

Well waffles so first it reminded me of food but the words made me think of "I love you" and at the bottom of the cover it has a whole waffle so two peoples whose hearts connected.



Most compelling parts of the book: 

That Jessie she bottles up her feelings and doesn't really show them but when she talks to SN she opens up and shows herself.



Disappointments: I so wanted to know if Dri and Liam get together but the book is a-ok  



How would you rate this book? 5 - Hard to imagine a better book

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Time Stoppers - By Carrie Jones

Time Stoppers


Pen name: Hawk
Age: 13
Title reviewed: Time Stoppers
Author: Carrie Jones
Publisher:  Bloomsbury


Summary: 

Annie and Jamie both have hard lives, but the magic involved in those lives soon brings them together. It's a adventure filled book that is such a page turner!



Cover appeal: 

Probably not the first picture that would have come to mind, however it does show you a scene from the book. At first it is hard to find where it comes in but still and ok cover.



Most compelling parts of the book:

On the back it says fans of Percy Jackson will love it, I am a huge Percy Jackson fan so I got it.



Disappointments:

It was a little slow at first, I was just making myself turn the pages. The real action seemed to start halfway into the book/



How would you rate this book? 4 - Better than most



Recommendations and final thoughts: Fantasy lovers would enjoy this boook!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Drag Teen- By Jefferey Self

Drag Teen

Pen name: Lina
Age: 14
Title reviewed: Drag Teen
Author: Jefferey Self
Publisher: Push


Summary: 

A journey of self-discovery for three friends. J.T., Seth, and Heather go from Clearwater, Florida to New York, New York, so that J.T. can compete for in a Drag Teen competition for a scholarship. On the way, they meet drag queens that teach them about glamour, talent, heart, and soul.



Cover appeal: 

I like the neon colors on the cover. The pink wig draws attention and creates curiosity and appeal.



Most compelling parts of the book:

I like that the characters have REAL problems, and a myriad of flaws. The book also disregards a lot of stereotypes about gays and drag queens.



Disappointments: 

I was disappointed that the book only represents drag queens (not drag teens) with very INTENSE character traits.



How would you rate this book? 4 - Better than most



Recommendations and final thoughts:

I would recommend this book to people struggling with self-image, sexuality, and anyone who enjoys a feel good teen novel.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Forbidden- By Eve Bunting

Forbidden

Pen name: Hawk
Age: 13
Title reviewed: Forbidden
Author: Eve Bunting
Publisher:  Clarion Books


Summary: 

Josie is a proper girl, raised with amazing parents but it couldn't last forever. With her parents now gone she goes to live with her aunt and uncle, but things weren't as she thought, and she might just change a little in this strange town.



Cover appeal:

I did like the look of the cover, it seems to me to looks exactly how a reader like me would see and grab off the shelf. However the cover does seem to not exactly focus on the content, it does kind of circle around the main part of the plot.



Most compelling parts of the book:

In the blurb it talks about a whole town with a secret, not just a group but an entire town. Also the idea of a "forbidden" guy, that makes you wonder what forbidden means exactly.



Disappointments: 

I was kind of sad that in the end (Spoilers) that Josie starts to forget Eli and what happened. I was thinking that it would be an event that stayed with her always.



How would you rate this book?

4 - Better than most



Recommendations and final thoughts:

Readers that like a little romance in a small mystery, as well as some parts of realistic fiction.