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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.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Nimona- By Noelle Stevenson

Nimona

Pen name: Daunen
Age: 18
Title reviewed: Nimona
Author: Noelle Stevenson
Publisher: Harper Teen


Summary:

Nimona is a quirky graphic novel about a the shapeshifting sidekick to the nefarious Lord Blackheart. Blackheart swears to uphold his morals while robbing banks and pulling heists in order to expose the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics as the corrupt organization they are. But Nimona has other plans.



Cover appeal:

The cover is what made me pick it up. At first, I thought it was the novelization of the wizard story referenced in Rainbow Rowell's  Fangirl. I love the style of drawing. I thought the cover wasn't too overdone like some other graphic novels, or too simple. The cover completely reflected the contents without giving too much away.  



Most compelling parts of the book:

The characters are multidimensional, flawed, and believable. Their interconnecting pasts are what drive the main action. It's the kind of mystery backstory that makes you want to read it over and over again.



Disappointments:

I was disappointed that there is no sequel! I would have liked to see more of Lord Blackheart's and Sir Goldenloin's backstory, but it still felt complete by the end of the novel.



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



Recommendations and final thoughts: Middle school through young adult, this book has something for everyone.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Animas: Legacy of the Claw- By C.R. Grey

Legacy of the Claw (Animas, #1)

Pen name: Cookie
Age: 15
Title reviewed: Animas
Author: C. R. Grey
Publisher:  Disney Hyperion


Summary:

Bailey Walker has yet to Awaken to his Animas. This means he faces being treated as an outcast, or even worse, going insane. But his Absence is not the only thing Bailey has to worry about as more and more mysterious--and sometimes dangerous--clues begin appearing at Fairmount. If only he could figure out how they all fit together while at the same time avoid being expelled or even killed.

Cover appeal:

I admit because of the cover I spent the majority of the book thinking he was going to be an Animas Fox. Other than that misconception, which was my own fault, the cover is absolutely brilliant. The dark and myserious lighting combined with the twisted trees and glowing eyes really drew me in to read the book. Plus I always like seeing the main characters in the front, it makes getting into the story easier if you can already picture them in your mind.



Most compelling parts of the book: 

By far the most compelling aspect is how intricate and well-planned out this story line was. In some books I've read, poor timing and telling will reveal the mystery before the story needs it to be told. I didn't not see a lot of the plot twists coming in this book, so I was always very curious and interested in the story.



Disappointments: 

The only thing that bothered me was that Bailey's actions don't feel like that of a twelve year old; just because he makes rash/bad decisions that make you say "Don't do it, Bailey, no!" doesn't necessarily mean he's young. While reading this I felt like he's maybe a year or so older than twelve.



How would you rate this book? 

5 - Hard to imagine a better book

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The Friendship Riddle by Megan Frazer Blakemore

The Friendship Riddle


Pen name: Macaroon
Age: 14
Title reviewed: The Friendship Riddle
Author: Megan Frazer Blakemore
Publisher: Bloomsbury


Summary:

This book showed that when you find a riddle or two, friends are the best to help when the going gets tough. It had Ruth who thought she didn't need friends after one broken friendship, find friends in the people she never payed much mind. A group of friends made by some little riddle that made it magical kinda.



Cover appeal: 

It didn't go much with the book at first but then you see that it goes with it just fine.



Most compelling parts of the book:

That this girl wanted no friends but made some afterwards anyway.



Disappointments:

I was a little angry at her for not noticing the feeling of her friends even though it was spelled out but it is good .



How would you rate this book? 

4 - Better than most



Recommendations and final thoughts: 

To those who like riddles and adventure