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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott

Salt & Stone (Fire & Flood, #2) Pen Name: Batman
Age: 16
Title: Salt & Stone
Author: Victoria Scott
Publisher: Scholastic Press

Summary:

This is book #2!!! Tella has finished the first to legs of the Brimstone Bleed, a race put on by Them for the Cure. Tella and Guy have teamed up, along with their other allies, and are dead set on winning and bring down the organization the runs the race. Tella races to win, seeming to care to much of other players and the Pandoras. They are genetically engineered animals with special abilities. She just wants to stay human. But can you when They want you to be and animal?

Cover appeal:

I don't have the final cover, so it is really just the words Salt & Stone.

Most compelling parts of the book:

Tella's quest to remain human when everybody else has gone feral. And the theme of animals are alive as well and should be treated like humans.

Disappointments:

Yeah, a little to much romance, but doable. Oh yeah, and the fact that like everybody DIED!!!! (almost a spoiler)

How would you rate this book?

4 - Better than most

Recommendations and final thoughts:

Really anybody. Just read book #1 first, Fire & Flood.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Gone too Far by Natalie D. Richards


Gone Too Far
Pen Name: Max
Age: 16
Title: Gone too Far
Author: Natalie D. Richards
Publisher: Sourcebooks

Summary:

This book took me through a thrilling experience of high school. It was just suspenseful enough to keep me on the edge of my set and the romance keep me glued to the page. I cherished the relationship Piper made with the person she never thought she would fall for. 

Cover appeal:

The cover represented Piper very accurately. With a camera in hand and a sly look on her face, I knew she had a secret boiling up inside her. 

Most compelling parts of the book:

The mystery of who was blackmailing Piper was the most compelling aspect of the book. I was drawn to the mystery because I was curious to see if the person who was blackmailing her was the same person who wrote the book of secrets. 

Disappointments:

I was never really disappointed in the book, but I was confused at the beginning. I just didn't really understand what was happening at first. It was hard to comprehend why the suicide effected Piper so badly. Especially because she didn't know the person that well. 

How would you rate this book?

4 - Better than most

Recommendations and final thoughts:

I would recommend this book to teens who like a superb mystery book, with a touch of romance. Also to young adults who want to relive the cliques and dramas of high school.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Pointe- Brandy Colbert

Pointe


Pen Name: Lupin
Age: 17
Title: Pointe
Author: Brandy Colbert
Publisher: Penguin Group


Summary:

Theo's best friend Donovan has just been found after being missing for several years. Having just recovered from an eating disorder, she relapses when she finds that the suspect in Donovan's kidnapping is something they both knew and trusted.

Cover appeal:

I liked the cover. It made it easy to pick out in a crowd. It definitely reflected the contents, with Theo aspiring to be a professional ballerina. 

Most compelling parts of the book:

At first, I thought the book would be just readable. But I can tell you exactly where I got hooked on it. The end of chapter seven, and then I did not put the book down for anything. It's the mystery that surrounded Donovan's disappearance, and Theo's internal conflict that make the book what it is.

Disappointments:

There was no part of the book in which I was disappointed. It was fantastic.

How would you rate this book?

5 - Hard to imagine a better book

Recommendations and final thoughts:

I would recommend Pointe to anyone in high school. I think it really captured what it's like to be in high school today.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Stitching Snow- R.C. Lewis

Stitching Snow
Pen Name: Cookie
Age: 14
Title: Stitching Snow
 Author: RC Lewis
Publisher: Hyperion


Summary:

The story had so many wonderful elements in it. There was action, adventure, mystery, and romance with enough comedy mixed in it was a very hard book to put down. The princess in hiding, who not only is great with machines, but she is also able to hold her own in a fight, is a very interesting and wonderful character. 

Cover appeal:

The cover is one of the things that drew me to look at the book. The "circuit apple" is a great blend of the sci-fi and the fairy tale aspects of the story. 

Most compelling parts of the book:

The most compelling aspect of the book was the blend of a classic fairy tale and the futuristic spin of it. The blend really worked and it was fun to pick out the more prominent details that came from the original story. (Seven robots, evil stepmother..)

Disappointments:

Well, it depends if the author wishes to continue to story or not. I feel the ending left me with little desire for the next book, like all the important questions have been answer. If the author plans to just make this a one time book, then the ending should stay the same. 

How would you rate this book?

5 - Hard to imagine a better book



Sunday, May 3, 2015

Proxy by Alex London

Proxy (Proxy, #1)
Pen Name: Beatrice
Age: 18
Title: Proxy
Author: Alex London
Publisher: Philomel Books

Summary:

Syd and Knox are living in a society where the rich, Knox, are Patrons, and the poor, Syd, pay off debts as a Proxy. Whenever a Patron does something wrong, the Proxy is punished. When Syd is about to be punished for a murder which Knox accidently caused, the two stumble into something much bigger.

Cover appeal:

I liked how the cover portrayed a silhouette covered with a barcode. It reflected how people were given a monetary value in the book.

Most compelling parts of the book:

I enjoyed reading about a homosexual hero. I haven't read much with that take, and it gave the adventure a different perspective.

Disappointments:

There wasn't much to be disappointed with in this book, though there probably could have been more twists added in the story. It needs it since the utopian society is such an overused plotline now.

How would you rate this book?

4 - Better than most

Recommendations and final thoughts:

I would reccomend this book to fans of Divergent and The Hunger Games because the theme and writing was similar.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

The Conformity by John Hornor Jacobs

The Conformity (Incarcerado, #3)
Pen Name: Batman
Age: 16
Title: The Conformity
Author: John Hornor Jacobs
Publisher: Carolrhoda Lab


Summary:

This is book #3!!!! Read the other two first!!! The Conformity is growing. The Society is falling. When chaos goes full blown, Shreve, Jack, and the other extranaturals must find out what to do to save the world from complete desolation. 

Cover appeal:

The cover was eye catching. Good color scheme. It gives you the reality of what the Conformity really is. 

Most compelling parts of the book:

It was the last one. Their super powers were cool too. 

Disappointments:

I feel like this series declined with each book. The first was really great. #2 was pretty good, but this one really just ended the series. 

How would you rate this book?

3 - Readable

Recommendations and final thoughts:

Older readers. Very graphic and full of quite offensive language. If young and/or squeamish DO NOT READ!!! 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly

Trouble is a Friend of Mine

Pen Name: Cress
Age: 14
Title: Trouble is a Friend of Mine
Author: Stephanie Tromly
Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books


Summary:

When Zoe Webster moves to her mom's house, Phillip Digby shows up on her doorstep. Although she never expects to see him again, they somehow become best friends and end up in the most bizarre of situations.

Cover appeal:

I liked the minimalist feel of the cover. It looks rather peculiar, but I think that's a pretty good adjective for the story itself.

Most compelling parts of the book:

As I mentioned earlier, I enjoyed the plain bizarreness of the situations Zoe manages to land herself in. I also liked the writing style.

Disappointments:

This wasn't a big detractor for me, but some of the characters are barely described appearance-wise.

How would you rate this book?

5 - Hard to imagine a better book

Recommendations and final thoughts:

I would recommend this book to those who enjoy reading humorous books.