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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Goliath by Scott Westerfeld

Goliath (Leviathan, #3)

Pen Name: Beatrice
Age: 18
Title: Goliath
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Publisher: Simon Pulse

Summary:

In the finale of the Leviathan trilogy, the Leviathan meets Mr. Tesla, who claims to have a weapon of mass destruction that can end the war. In the midst of all this, Deryn's secret begins to come out to more and more people. This was an page-turning conclusion to a fantastic trilogy.

Cover appeal:

The cover finally offered a good look at what both Deryn and Alek were imagined to look like. I was almost disappointed by this because it wasn't at all what I was imagining. Plus, it slightly contradicted the illustrations included in the book.

Most compelling parts of the book:

The most compelling aspect of this book was all of the action! It was action-packed because the trilogy was winding down, and everything was falling apart, leaving the heroes to fix it.

Disappointments:

I found nothing to be disappointed in with this book. I loved it!

How would you rate this book?

5 - Hard to imagine a better book

Recommendations and final thoughts:

I would recommend this book to fans of the first two books, steampunk fans, and anyone who likes to read about war strategy.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Soundless by Richelle Mead

Soundless

Pen Name: Cookie
Age: 14
Title: Soundless
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill


Summary:

This is the story of a girl named Fei, her whole life everyone around has never heard a sound. In her small isolated rundown town, located at the top of a mountain, people have been dead for generations, and it's getting worse. More and more people lose their vision in addition to their hearing. When Fei mysteriously regains her sense of hearing and agrees to seek help, with a boy named Li Wei, will that be enough to save her town?

Cover appeal:

The cover is beautiful, and I like how it has Fei on the front. In the book though, it was established that people would wear white for mourning someone's death. A little confusing, but it is still eye-catching. 

Most compelling parts of the book:

When Fei began to hear sounds for the first time, I was fascinated by all of the author's descriptions of sounds. It was very unique and it made sense. 

Disappointments:

I was not dissipointed in the book, it had a wonderful balence between fantasy and the fictional reality.

How would you rate this book?

5 - Hard to imagine a better book



Sunrise by Mike Mullin

Pen Name: Beatrice
Age: 18
Title: Sunrise
Author: Mike Mullin
Publisher: Tanglewood Press

Summary:

In the third book in the Ashfall series, Alex runs a growing town and must defend it against raiders, flensors, and other threats, all the while continuing to engage in his romance with Darla. This book is emotionally strong and has action right from the beginning. It ties up the trilogy brilliantly by bringing back favorite and not-so-favorite character.

Cover appeal:

The cover shows two hands holdin each other in a wasteland, which actually is very symbolic once you reach a certain part of the book.

Most compelling parts of the book:
I've lied every other book in this trilogy, so the most compelling part of this book for me was that it was tying everything up.

Disappointments:

Some may find the ending a little disappointing because in some ways it tells you what happens, but in other ways it doesn't. Personally, I thought it was very eloquently done. I would still kind of like to know what else happens though.

How would you rate this book?

5 - Hard to imagine a better book

Recommendations and final thoughts:

Of course this book is great for fans of the first two books, but it was an all-around great apocalyptic story.

Friday, July 24, 2015

The Cellar by Natasha Preston

The Cellar (The Cellar #1)
Pen Name: Kelsey
Age: 12
Title: The Cellar
Author: Natasha Preston
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Summary:

Summer is an just like any other girl living in what she thought was a boring town. One night she gets kidnapped and locked in a cellar. The only thing that keeps Summer sane is the thought of escape to see her loving boyfriend.

Cover appeal:

 I liked the cover because it has a picture of a lilly on the front. It ties to the story because the person who kidnaps Summer calls her Lilly.

Most compelling parts of the book:

   I think the most spellbinding aspect of the book was when the story's point of view was written from the kidnapper's point of view.

Disappointments:

I wasn't ever really disappointed in the book. I never really liked when the story was written from Lewis's, Summer's boyfriend's, point of view.

How would you rate this book?

4 - Better than most

Recommendations and final thoughts:

I would recommend this book to someone who likes realistic fiction that's intense, scary, and gory.

Spirits of Ash and Foam and Greg Weisman

Spirits of Ash and Foam (Rain Cacique #2)
Pen Name: Beatrice
Age: 18
Title: Spirits of Ash and Foam
Author: Greg Weisman
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin


Summary:

Spirits of Ash and Foam is the second book in the Rain of Ghosts stories. I didn't care for this book because there were several inconsistencies, badly placed puns, some plot holes, and it felt like I was reading something written by someone young. The story was about four kids who are trying to find ancient artifacts to battle evil spirits.


Cover appeal:

The cover was very pretty. It showed an orange moon with bats flying in front of it with a girl standing underneath it. It hints at how the story ends.


Most compelling parts of the book:

The most compelling aspect of this book was that it was written by the executive producer of Star Wars Rebels, which I enjoy to watch in my off-time. 


Disappointments:

I was disappointed with the extremely informal tone of this book. It almost seemed like I had just run into someone on the road, and this was how they were telling me the story. 


How would you rate this book?

2 - Needs more work

Recommendations and final thoughts:

This book would probably be good for younger readers. Maybe middle school and under if you like fantasy.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger


Lying Out Loud
Pen Name: Winter
Age: 13
Title: Lying Out Loud
Author: Kody Keplinger
Publisher: Scholastic Press

Summary:

The only person Sonny has ever been honest with is her best friend Amy, until now. Amy and Sonny share a common enemy, Ryder Cross, a stuck up, rich, know it all. Or is he? After Sonny asks him out for Amy as a prank things spiral downwards and the next thing she knows she is falling for him. I really enjoyed this book. It was not the common love story and it was refreshing to see a new twist on an old idea of love interests meeting accidentally.

Cover appeal:

I think the cover could use some work. It is not the most eye catching cover I've seen, but I am happy to see it is not the final cover.

Most compelling parts of the book:

I think the most compelling aspect, is that the lie that brought the love interests together started as an accident on Sonny's part, 

Disappointments:

I do not think I found anything very disappointing in the book, but I do think it needs to be edited for grammar and spelling one more time. 

How would you rate this book?

4 - Better than most

Recommendations and final thoughts:

I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in a unique twist on the classic love story, or anyone looking for a quick, but meaningful read.

A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

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Pen Name: Macaroon
Age: 13
Title: A Thousand Nights
Author: E.K. Johnston
Publisher: Disney Book Group

Summary:

Its a tale that holds magic and dreams, one that makes imagination the most powerful magic of all. The power were a ordinary girl wants to protect her sister from the hands of a evil king. Can the girl live to see what awaits her in the near future? Or dye trying to save the people.

Cover appeal:

That it shows the magic of the book and the tales in which the girl spins in her mind.

Most compelling parts of the book:

That the girl is the most powerful being in the book, doing her best to protect her sister, the weavers, and the people who work for the king. One simple girl saved her people lives by doing in what she believes.

Disappointments:

No all was good but its sad that the king only like death more then life.

How would you rate this book?

5 - Hard to imagine a better book

Recommendations and final thoughts:

To those who like magic and need some thing to spark there imagination.