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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

World War Z: an Oral History of the Zombie War- By Max Brooks

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

Pen name: Batman
Age: 17
Title reviewed: World War Z: an Oral History of the Zombie War
Author: Max Brooks
Publisher: Crown


Summary: 

This book is exactly what the description say: a bunch of interviews with survivors of the Zombie war. It goes through the stages of the war with the chapters, but other than that, there was absolutely no plot to this book at all.It was randomly put together, trying to move the story along, but failed miserably.



Cover appeal: 

The cover was kind of just a dirty brown with the title strewn across it with. It didn't reflect the contents at all, but it did manage to make good use of the letter Z.



Most compelling parts of the book: 

After reading it, nothing. This book was horrible. But I started reading it with the false hopes of a good Zombie book.



Disappointments: 

Yes. It was the interview format. I think I would have been OK with it if it would have been just one person, but it was a lot of random people. It would build you up in one story, get you exited for what happens next.... and then drop the interview to never come back to that event. AND there weren't even that many Zombie fights, just a lot of political mumbo-jumbo.



How would you rate this book? 

1- How did it get published?



Recommendations and final thoughts: 

Nobody. Please listen to me. THIS BOOK WAS A VERY HORRIBLE BOOK!!! If you want Zombie action, just Google "Zombacolypse Book", and I am sure something will come up.  

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Fire Sermon- By Francesca Haig

The Fire Sermon (The Fire Sermon, #1)

Pen name: Jaws
Age: 16
Title reviewed: The Fire Sermon
Author: Francesca Haig
Publisher: Gallery Books


Summary: This post-apocalyptic book starts out kinda slow, but towards the end it really speeds up and was hard to put down.  In this story we meet Cass an Omega twin in a world divided by Alphas and Omegas.  The Alphas have perfect bodies, but the Omegas are almost all physically disabled.  Cass is different.  She is a seer someone that has visions as her "disability."  This causes problems throughout the story and ultimately changes everything for all the Omegas.



Cover appeal: The cover is very attractive and is truly what drew me to this book.  The cover gives great insight to the book as to show the reader what the Omega sign looks like.



Most compelling parts of the book: The most compelling aspect of this book was the desire to learn what will happen to the main character and her crush.



Disappointments: This book started of rather slow and it was difficult to enjoy it until the end.



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



Recommendations and final thoughts: Any one who likes to read the book before watching the movie should read this, because the movie rights have already been bought by Dreamworks.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Flamecaster- By Cinda Williams Chima

Flamecaster (Shattered Realms, #1)


Pen name: Cress
Age: 15
Title reviewed: Flamecaster
Author: Cinda Williams Chima
Publisher:  Harper Collins


Summary: 

Adrian sul'Han is the son of the queen of the Fells. He leads a secret life bent on killing the merciless king of Arden. 

Jenna Bandelow works as a spy working against the king. She finds herself being hunted down by the King's Guard for reasons unknown. 

Both characters must decide what they will sacrifice in order to reach their goals.



Cover appeal:

I liked the style of the cover. It's similar to those in the Seven Realms series, which this book is based off of.



Most compelling parts of the book:

I liked the world building in this book. Like the novels in the Seven Realms series, Chima paints a vivid picture of a completely different world. This book builds upon the Seven Realms series and explores the provinces of Arden and Delphi.



Disappointments: 

I thought this book had a bit of insta-love, which I'm not a big fan of.



How would you rate this book? 

4 - Better than most



Recommendations and final thoughts: 

I would recommend this book to those who enjoy books about magic.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Passenger- By Alexandra Braken

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Pen name: Macaroon
Age: 14
Title reviewed: Passenger
Author: Alexandra Braken
Publisher: Disney- Hyperion


Summary: 

This book is where two different people from different time lines meet when the future is at stake.Etta and Nicholas must work together to find the item her mother has hidden before the due date.Can they fight against the people who are trying to stop them, and can they be together with out worrying about the future were there might not be a future for them both.  



Cover appeal: 

That the place Etta live is hidden a way were Nicholas lives, kept apart from each other.



Most compelling parts of the book: 

That she did not give up.



Disappointments: 

none



How would you rate this book?

5 - Hard to imagine a better book



Recommendations and final thoughts:

To those who like history and romance and scientific powers.  

Friday, January 15, 2016

The Winner's Crime- By Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy, #2)



Pen name: Cress
Age: 15
Title reviewed: The Winner's Crime
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Publisher:  Farrar Straus Giroux


Summary: 

After agreeing the marry the crown prince of Valoria, Kestrel must navigate through a maze of politics and deception at the Valorian court. Meanwhile, Arin resorts to extreme measures to ensure his country's freedom.



Cover appeal:

I liked the cover because it represented how Kestrel must retain her aristocratic presence at court while simultaneously secretly aiding the Herrani cause.



Most compelling parts of the book: 

I liked how politically intriguing this book was. The main characters must decide what they must sacrifice for their cause while attempting to outwit powerful enemies.  



Disappointments: 

The cliffhanger at the end of the book is terrible, so you shouldn't read this if you hate waiting.



How would you rate this book? 

5 - Hard to imagine a better book



Recommendations and final thoughts: 

Readers who love high fantasy.

Alistair Grim's Odditorium- By Gregory Funaro

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Pen name: Cookie
Age: 15
Title reviewed: Alistair Grim's Odditorium
Author: Gregory Funaro
Publisher:  Disney Hyperion


Summary: 

Grubb lives a hard life living with the cruel Mr. Smears, but one day that changes as he, quite accidentally, ends in in the mysterious Odditorium. Here Grubb finds plenty of secrets involving strange blue magic, a unknown lady in black, and most of all Mr. Grim himself. Grubb hasn't even settled into this new life when a battle ensues causing him to be set right in the middle of the action where he is the only person keeping the Odditorium's magic safe.



Cover appeal:

The cover is amazing! It's very beautiful and enchanting, and it helps you to picture how the Odditorium would look.



Most compelling parts of the book:

It seems every character has a secret; even the house maid had one! That's one of the things that kept me glued to this book, it's constant suspense and mystery.  



Disappointments: 

No, I really enjoyed reading the book, and I can't wait for the next one.



How would you rate this book? 

5 - Hard to imagine a better book

Monday, December 14, 2015

A Step Toward Falling- By Cammie McGovern

A Step Toward Falling

Pen name: Rapunzel
Age: 17
Title reviewed: A Step Toward Falling
Author: Cammie McGovern
Publisher: Harper Teen


Summary: 

This book was beautiful. It dealt with the struggle of mentally challenged kids who are bullied in every day life. Two teens, Emily and Lucas witness Belinda, a twenty-something with Down Syndrome being bullied underneath the bleachers at a football game. Neither one choose to help Belinda, and afterwards are forced to do volunteer work at a center for the mentally disabled. What they find there is not what either one of them expects, and their eyes are opened to what really goes on for those who aren't developed like everyone else.



Cover appeal: 

The cover resembles a stepping stone path, I believe. It reflects how the two main characters take paths they had not originally planned, and how they both learned something that would change their lives forever because of it.



Most compelling parts of the book: 

The most compelling aspect of the book for me, would have to have been getting inside the minds of the mentally disabled. A lot of people are nice and sweet to mentally challenged kids because they know that it's right to be, but they don't really know how they function. Through this book, I was able to understand what it's like for someone with Down Syndrome to think and talk. They think just like any other person (for the most part), they just have a hard time getting people to see that. People go what's based on the outside, not what they're like on the inside, and that makes me so angry. Even more so after reading this book.



Disappointments:

I was kind of disappointed with the end. Not with the story and how it ended, but since it was an arc, there was a little thing at the very end of the book that said, "teaser tk?" WHAT DOES THAT MEAN!? WAS SHE GOING TO LEAVE AN EPILOGUE!? I must know.
Also, I would say the book was kind of slow. I have a hard time reading contemporary for that reason, but once you get into it, you'll be glad you did.



How would you rate this book? 

4 - Better than most



Recommendations and final thoughts: 

I would recommend this book for any high schooler or adult. Especially if you have fallen in love with working with mentally disabled people, or if you know nothing about them at all, because then you can see what life is like for them, and maybe you'll fall in love with them too.