Saturday, August 30, 2014

A new student review of Ship of Dolls

underwood_bcl posted a new student review of Ship of Dolls . See the full review.

As soon as I picked up this book I could not put it down. It is wonderful and surprising. Every thing that I thought would happen never happened. There was always a twist I never saw coming. I want to read more  books by this author to see if her all her books are as magical as this one.

A new student review of The Fire Wish by Amber Lough

jotaf posted a new student review of The Fire Wish by Amber Lough. See the full review.

The Fire Wish was a really great book.  Before I requested The Fire Wish I hadn't realized it was a romance, but to me it didn't feel like a romance.  Instead, it felt like an action book.  The author, Amber Lough, did a really good job with the unique descriptions.  For example, she described one of the character’s voices as being like sandpaper on another‘s nerves.  It almost felt like the author was taking me on a journey, even though the descriptions got overly wordy at times.  The characters were so well developed that I couldn‘t choose just one favorite.  Something I didn’t like about the book, though, was at the beginning, it felt like I was thrown into the story and there was a little bit missing.  Granted, it did explain it eventually, but it took a while to clarify the background.  I would recommend this book to girls ages twelve through sixteen because there is some blood, death, a little bit of romance.  Boys willing to look past the little bit of romance that the book has, or don't mind it, would probably enjoy the action, also.  Be warned -- this is a series, and it will leave you hanging at the end!

Friday, August 29, 2014

A new student review of London Eye (Toxic City Book 1) by Tim Lebbon

EpicReviewer posted a new student review of London Eye (Toxic City Book 1) by Tim Lebbon. See the full review.

This book is overall a good book. I wish that it had a little bit more action. It also was slightly odd, but I still thought of it as good. I would think that people that like postapocalyptic and ficiton books would like this book.

A new student review of The Mountain's Depths by Snnaky Sword

Jane0915 posted a new student review of The Mountain's Depths by Snnaky Sword. See the full review.

I enjoyed the story of this book, but there are two things I did not like about it. For one, I found it hard to follow at many parts of the story, especially the beginning, as the author kept starting and restarting. I think this was more for effect, but the author went a little overboard. I think he could have toned it down a bit and it would have had a better effect. Also, I found that the author did not take the time to introduce the characters carefully to keep the reader straight on who is who. Despite this, I did enjoy reading this book; it had an intriguing storyline that kept me entertained. I would recommend this book to fans of adventure novels, or anyone who is looking to get into the action/adventure/fantasy genre.

A new student review of Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

masha posted a new student review of Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley. See the full review.

I didn't like this book because it was boring and slow. The characters didn't have very developed personalities, and they failed to interest me. Throughout the book I always knew what was going to happen and I didn't think that there was an exciting climax. I would not recommend this book because it was not an interesting or fun read. 

A new student review of My Own Revolution by Carolyn Marsden

tkh2002 posted a new student review of My Own Revolution by Carolyn Marsden. See the full review.

I thought this book was wonderful. By the end of the first chapter, I wasn't sure if I was going to like it or not. But it started to pick up right away, and I instantly fell in love. The description was absoutely fantastic, and the characters were really well developed. And by the end I felt for Patrik and all the drama, confusion, and fear that he was experiencing. Although this is mainly a book about the revolution in Czechoslovakia, I also felt that it was a beautiful story about growing up and finding out who you want to be and what you want to do with your life. A round of appluase to Carolyn Marsden.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A new student review of Cameo by Tanille Edwards

snehayamsani posted a new student review of Cameo by Tanille Edwards. See the full review.

When I first picked this book up, I was excited to see chicklit cover the inner workings of high school. I definitely had high expectations for this book, but I was disappointed due to the following reasons below.

 

As I started to read, I was struck by how poorly written the novel was. Instead of enjoying the story, I was trying to keep up with all the mumbo jumbo the author had written. There was just so much slang like “dope” and “fly” that it made my head hurt. Don’t get me wrong, I know slang is used everyday, but I don’t think an excessive amount is necessary for a novel. The second thing I noticed was the very cheesy and confusing plot of the story. The novel takes has too many loops and turns that the plot almost surpasses itself. Almost. The characters, probably one of the only things that could save a book, were not even that interesting. They were underdeveloped and just as confusing as the plot.


I’m a very easy person to please, so when I tell you this book was not good, I mean it. There were so many times I wanted to just drop the book and pick up a different novel, yet I powered through. Maybe I didn’t like the book because it wasn’t young adult fiction, maybe not. I honestly have no idea; but if you do read this book, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A new student review of Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

iamabooklion posted a new student review of Crash Into You by Katie McGarry. See the full review.

This book was beautifully written! I was so drawn to the way Katie McGarry wrote this book, and the plot was just amazing. The author did such a good job in writing these characters. Rachel, the main character, was so well written. She has so much depth to her character, her anxiety problem was so relatable. Isaiah was really loving and cute. Their interactions were so adorable. I couldn't put this book down at all. I'm so excited for the fourth book in the series!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A new student review of Sticky Fingers: DIY Duct Tape Projects by Sophie Maletsky

burkekat97 posted a new student review of Sticky Fingers: DIY Duct Tape Projects by Sophie Maletsky. See the full review.

Sticky Fingers by Sophie Maletsky, is one of the best instructive crafts book that I have read. The way she uses pictures and descriptive words makes it very easy to follow the directions and not skip steps. Before I wrote this, I chose to complete a project from every difficulty level to see how easy it was to follow along while creating. I have truly enjoyed doing the different projects and I would most definitely suggest this book to people who are looking for fun crafts. 

A new student review of Take Me On by Katie McGarry

NgelicMystery posted a new student review of Take Me On by Katie McGarry. See the full review.

The author has done a very good job. The characters were well-developed.

A new student review of Winter Falls (Twin Willows Trilogy) by Nicole Maggi

AlexaS posted a new student review of Winter Falls (Twin Willows Trilogy) by Nicole Maggi. See the full review.

I overall enjoyed Winter Falls. It was well-written, engaging, and with an intriguing premise, I couldn’t put it down. I could relate to the main character, Alessia, and liked her overall as a character. Sure, she made some brash decisions, but I rooted for her throughout the book. Additionally, Alessia and her best friend, Jenny, were hilarious. I loved their interactions and banter. Jonah was also quite a good love interest. Jonah seems attractive, sweet,  and has just the right amount of mystery, I enjoyed watching his and Alessia’s relationship develop. However, their relationship was one of the things I had a problem with in the book. He began to consume a lot of her time, and I would have liked more on Alessia’s friendships and the Benandanti instead.

In that same vein, my main issue with this book was that I wanted more on the Benandanti and some of the characters. The Benandanti and its workings are still pretty unknown to Alessia by the end of Winter Falls, and a good portion of Alessia’s training wasn’t shown in the book. However, as this is going to be a trilogy, I hope that the Benandanti’s secrets will be revealed as the series continues. In terms of characters, I would have also liked more information on Alessia’s father and on Jonah’s twin sister. However, like the Benandanti, I bet there will be more on them later in the series. The ending was also somewhat abrupt, but again, it’s the first book. The plot twist at the end just makes me want to read on.

In summary, Winter Falls is a solid beginning to the Twin Willows trilogy, introducing an intriguing plot and relatable characters. I genuinely liked Alessia, Jenny, and Jonah. Also, the fact that the Benandanti was actually a real organization adds even more awesomeness to the book. I would recommend Winter Falls to any paranormal fan, and those who enjoy a good romance. 

A new student review of Take Me On by Katie McGarry

ReaperTheGenius posted a new student review of Take Me On by Katie McGarry. See the full review.

We all know some characters are just way too perfect in books, this book does not have that problem. This book actually has it backwards, the characters all have faults, lots of them. That's okay though because this book show the growth of the characters and how they overcome the faults they have. This book really felt good to read because of that.

Katie McGarry has crafted a novel that will stick with me for a lifetime. This novel isn't perfection, but it's still beautiful and that's what I love about it. It's still so raw and I can just dive so deep into it. This is an amazing book that everyone should read. It's just a book to make you feel like change it okay and that even if things aren't okay then will be in time.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

A new student review of The Shadow Lantern by Teresa Flavin

Lucy posted a new student review of The Shadow Lantern by Teresa Flavin. See the full review.

An interesting book that I would recommend to many other readers that are into the supernatural. Although it would be best to read the 1st and 2nd book of the series. Not knowing it was a series made the story a bit confusing. Although after reading farther into the story, you could understand many of the things that are going on. I believe it was an amazing book, I just wish the series would continue on. 

A new student review of Mistry by Moonlight by Claire Merchant

lunarwolf posted a new student review of Mistry by Moonlight by Claire Merchant. See the full review.

I truely enjoyed MIstry By Moonlight. It had an amazing plot, and i couldn't put the book down. It was an addictive read, as well as a life lesson. It showed how she changed herself because she didn't like her past self, but wasn't happy with the person she changed into. She turned mistrustful of people's motivations toward her and how people who she thought were friends never were. I say anyone who enjoys action and romance would enjoy this read.

Friday, August 22, 2014

A new student review of Sticky Fingers: DIY Duct Tape Projects by Sophie Maletsky

Queen_Ri posted a new student review of Sticky Fingers: DIY Duct Tape Projects by Sophie Maletsky. See the full review.

"Sticky Fingers DIY Duct Tape Projects" is a great book with great DIY projects. I loved the bow and recommend it to beginners. On some instructions I was a little confused but understood after a while. If you're interested in reviewing this book, you should get about 3 or 4 rolls of big tape and 3 or 4 of little tape because some projects use a lot of big and little tape. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves to make stuff or would like to make duct tape crafts with a family member of any age.