Saturday, October 31, 2009
This was a hilarious book! The author's style of incorporating humor into Greg's reasoning was something that made me laugh out loud every time! Greg's character was self-absorbed yet lovable and you couldn't help but laugh at almost anything he said. The journal format of the book was entertaining and it was a very quick read. I was definitely recommend this to everyone I know!
Reviewer City, State and Country: Westerville, OH United States
I found that this book was extremely difficult to get through, as the writing style was disjointed and the book was written in three-line paragraphs. It felt like the author wanted to express many different ideas at once and had to jump around in order to do that. The plot was not well communicated and difficult to understand. I would not recommend this book to anyone.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Westerville, OH United States
After reading many different mangas meant for girls, I have picked up on several patterns that they follow in their storylines with conflicts and relationships between the characters. In particular, the ways the female characters always go about winning the male character's hearts always end with success but only after numerous futile attempts. I liked how this manga continued that "tradition" but incorporated other conflicts beyond that with other characters. The story flows nicely and is complemented well by the drawings. I recommend Four-Eyed Prince to any teenage girl who likes manga.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Carlisle, Pennsylvania United States of America
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
The author, R.D.Henham, wrote this book beautifully. When I was reading it, I could imagine that I was flying on a silver dragon's back over a thick, green forest. At certain points in the book I was crying when something bad happened, or I was laughing when one of the characters said or did something funny. The main character, Belen, is a young girl somewhere in her twenties with long, flowing silver hair. Jace, even though they are about five years apart, is in love with her...or so he thinks. Once I was done reading it, I started to wonder how everyone's lives had turned out and if anything else that was interesting had occurred. Even though the story itself was beautiful, the point at the beginning was very unclear. Henham has also written five other Dragon Codex books, and out of all of them, this one was the absolute best. I recommend this book to fantasy and dragon lovers because it will touch your heart.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Fresno, California USA
appeared to have a nervous breakdown. In reality, Lindsay
hears voices. She can hear anything anyone says about her
at any time. Since Lindsay's "breakdown," she has spent
five years living in her house with her father, which is
the only safe place where she can't hear anyone. When a
tabloid writes an article about her father holding her
captive, two teenagers try to rescue her by kidnapping
her. Now that she is out in the world again, she hears
her mother's voice for the first time ever. She must try
to save her mother and learn as much as she can about her
Claim to Fame, by Margaret Peterson Haddix, is a good
book. I couldn't put it down after I got it. I don't
think that this is one of Margaret Peterson Haddix's best
books, but it's not the worst. The book isn't as focused
on the kidnapping and Lindsay's mother as it seems it
would be. I would recommend this book to anyone who
enjoys books by Margaret Peterson Haddix or books that
have an interesting twist on reality.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Brownsburg,
Indiana United States of America
Sunday, October 25, 2009
This book is really cute. The Snog Log is a simple and nice book with a good moral message. If a pre-teen was reading it they, and their parents, would be very happy. But as a 15 year old more used to an ounce of passion, the stupid hi-jinks of Robbie and the half-baked retaliation of the girls seem to fall a bit short. Although not the most passionate book, it makes for a good, quick read.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Greenwood Village, Colorado USA
Saturday, October 24, 2009
I thought Killer Pizza was a well written adventure/fantasy book. The writing was very fluent and enjoyable. This is a great story if you liked the Percy Jackson books, what with all the monster slaying. I liked how the author used intense detail when describing the monsters, which really helped me visualize what they looked like. For example, the author describes a guttata as having an abnormally large chest, even for its six-foot-tall frame. Finally, there was the distinctive-looking skin. Tough as leather, it was irregularly spotted light and dark, camouflage-like. I'd recommend this book to grades 5 and up.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Round Rock, TX United States
Friday, October 23, 2009
I liked the book Goth Girl Rising because I could picture everything that was happening. I could see what Kyra was going through in the book. Goth Girl Rising made me realize how different some teens' lives are. The problems that Kyra had to face would have been hard for me too. I found this book interesting and exciting because I never knew what would happen next. From reading this book, I learned that everyone has to go through something rough in their life. The way you handle your problems, though, is what changes things.
Goth Girl Rising talks about drugs, sex, and lesbians. It talks about Kyra cutting her wrists and wanting to commit suicide.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Nokomis , Illinois United States
Monday, October 19, 2009
The book Ring of Fire by: P.D. Baccalario a pure adventure and mystery. It is so interesting, and it gets your attention as soon as you pick up the book. I told a few of my friends about it too; this is an amazing book, and I think anyone in the teen years or older will really enjoy it.
It is a very interesting book, it is about these four kids all come together from all over the world. You think this was a random choosing? Not quite. They got together and tried to find out why they were chosen. They found out that they all had the same birthday. Every hundred or so years, these students are chosen, for a different assignment for a serial killer. It was so interesting, I got so into it from the very beginning that I will probably read it over and over. Then at the very end, there is a huge twist. Anyone who reads this, is going to fall in love with it and you will read it over and over.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Mineola, Texas
At the beginning of the book it was difficult for me to understand, but that is what made we want to keep turning the pages. The problem I had was Mary Kay Abbott jumped right into the storyline, but latter in the book it made more and more sense. This book is not like most books I read. For some reason I still wanted to keep going on to see what happened next. She made the characters so real and made you feel like you were there, step by step. This book was so interesting and so alive. Even the cover of the book grabbed my attention. At first I really didn't like the book, but as I got more into the book the more I liked it. I would recommend this book to my friends and teens because I don't feel like a 10 year old and below would understand the book. Last, I would like to say this book truly came from Mary Kay Abbott's heart.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Germantown, Tennessee USA
Sunday, October 18, 2009
I greatly enjoyed reading this graphic novel. I have always liked both graphic novels and stories of Robin Hood, but only a liking of adventure is necessary to enjoy this story. The plot has enough twists to stay interesting but does not become confusing. The characters are suitably likable or evil, depending on their role. Also, the story is different enough from other Robin Hood tales to be interesting even to those who are already familiar with the story. Additionally, the plot includes funny references to other versions of the story of Robin Hood that amused me because I was already familiar with the plot, but prior knowledge is not needed to appreciate the book. The ending is happy, which is not true of all stories about Robin Hood. All in all, I recommend it to fans of adventure stories and graphic novels.
There is some violence which, because the book is illustrated, is best for people of middle school or high school age and adults.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Royersford, PA United States
When Becca Fitzpatrick's novel, Hush Hush, first arrived in the mail, I was thrilled! I was so excited to read this novel after researching and finding some great reviews. But unfortunately, I think my expectations for this novel were a bit too high. While I thought the theme of the novel was creative and very original (the theme of fallen angels), I was disappointed in the lack of relationship development between characters. Everything just moved too quickly to enjoy. And at times the story felt fragmented and disjointed. I thought the story line was good, but it needed more detail. The main character Nora was well developed, but I would have liked some more information about Patch. In the end, however, I think Becca Fitzpatrick has a great concept for her novel and it was overall a fairly enjoyable read.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Phoenix, MD United States
Saturday, October 17, 2009
I really enjoyed this book. I thought that the tree-speaking ability seemed quite interesting and the plot was pretty good. I still think that I enjoyed Shannon Hale's The Goose Girl a bit more, but Forest Born was still excellent. The characters were believable and real, as were the issues they faced. There are unexpected plot twists that make the book quite suspenseful. I would definitely recommend this book to any fans of Shannon Hale. I can't wait for her next book
Reviewer City, State and Country: Charleston, SC US
Flags of the World is nicely bound and put together. The quality of the appearance of the book along with its illustrations and information make it wonderful. Each country, for the most part, has information accompanying its flag. Some of the flags are rather dull, but I learned a lot about world history by reading this book. I could connect some details of the history with classes in school, and it enhanced my studies. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in cultures, travel, or is taking any history class.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Carlisle, Pennslyvania United States of America
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Qualities of Light will keep you wondering what's going to happen next. I think that the author, Mary Carroll Moore, did a wonderful job expressing her ideas in the plot. She used great detail and her descriptions helped me picture the setting very well. Qualities of Light was filled with many emotions. It made me feel as if I were a one of the characters. It is a wonderful novel and I recommend it to any young-adult reader who enjoys romance novels.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Fairborn, Ohio USA
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
In the beginning, the transition between characters can be a little confusing. But keep with it because it works itself out as u get to know them. I like this book because I can relate to it in many ways. I relate because the main characters Fatima, Vanna, and Oliva are in band, as am I. I enjoyed the way of thinking about the hierarchy of the band sections. I also related because I am a freshman this year as well. I think this is a very good book and I recommend it.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Mishawaka, Indiana USA
This book is a great example of how two of the most different people can become friends. I would definitely recommend this book to children of the ages 9-13. It is a great book that can teach young readers a lot.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Charleston, West Virginia United States of America
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
I really enjoyed Elissa's Odyssey by the aspiring author Erica Verrillo. This was definitely much better than the first novel in the trilogy and it really set this trilogy in flight. It was really interesting and had good humor. The plot was really well written and kept my attention astonishingly. There was a good use of words and foreshadowing. The action was plentiful and well played. This trilogy was continued very well and it got better as the story went on. It was very suspenseful and had me wanting more. I am greatly looking forward to reading the next book called World's End to see how Elissa's story will end. The new characters that were introduced were very interesting and unique from one another. They were fairly well described but I would've like a little more description of the characters though because at times they were hard to picture. There were a lot of surprises scattered all across the pages throughout the novel. The ending was spectacular and had me guessing about what was yet to come. The beginning started off a little slow and was slightly boring but once more of the plot and the events started to unfold the story was very intriguing and captivating. The author definitely impressed me with this novel and highly surpassed my expectations. I'm looking forward to reading more by this author and I definitely recommend Elissa's Odyssey, which is book two of the Phoenix Rising Trilogy.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Upper Strasburg, PA USA
Monday, October 12, 2009
Shadowfae, by Erica Hayes, was an okay book. I didn't think there was much a story line really. It was more of a book of seduction than the adventure/romance I thought it would be. I wouldn't really recommend it to anyone.
This book was rated as a young adult book but it should definately have adult guidance or be only for mature readers. There is a lot of sex in the book, which I guess is necessary since it's a book about a succubus, but it is also very detailed. Young adults who are under 15 or 16 don't really need to know that much adult content yet.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Brownsburg, Indiana United States of America
I really enjoyed reading Switch. I loved the main character, Claire, and I constantly found myself laughing aloud at her sarcastic comments, and annoyed-no-matter-what nature. The author did a great job of giving the reader an understanding of the main character and who she was. The book seemed to be about a regular teenage girl with a problem, and, mistake and all, this was how she dealt with it. Although it was a good book, I didn’t feel like the ending wrapped the whole story up, and I really wished she would have spent more time with her crush and her peers in her own body. I also didn’t really think some of the language was important for the flow of the book, but overall I think it was an interesting book with a lot of really good moments.
The book had some mature language, and sexual content.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Springtown, Texas United States
Friday, October 09, 2009
This book is ideal for children interested in the world beyond the sky. The informal speech makes it feel as if the author is speaking directly to the reader. From a scientific perspective, all the facts stated are true. They are a bit watered down, but they are all valid. This book will excite kids but will put the more experienced or older reader to sleep. Like the title suggests, this book is easy.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Troy, NY 12180
Suddenly, Meli's easy life isn't so great anymore. Her family must band together to go on a difficult journey to escape the Serbians. Meli and her family face many hardships and are soon living in a camp with other refugees. When Meli is fearing for the worst, her Baba gives the news that just might change her life forever...
The Day of the Pelican was an excellent book. Paterson's word choice was great and the pages flowed from one to the next. I enjoyed reading about a time and place I never have before, and although it was very sad at times, I felt that there was always a spark of hope in every inch of this novel. Meli was a character I wanted to know and her family was one I would love to be a part of. The writing was powerful in a way that made me want to help the Leshi's and other people like them. It's scary to read about how horrible life is for some people, while my life seems so perfect in comparison. All in all I would highly recommend The Day of the Pelican, Meli's story will stick with me for years to come.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Hightstown, New Jersey USA
Thursday, October 08, 2009
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Chelsey Shannon has a beautiful, descriptive way of writing that really makes you feel connected to the story. The fact that she is close to my age also makes it easy to relate to her and her experiences. Periodically throughout the book she also gives samples of her own poetry, which adds a neat element. It is truly remarkable to see her strength in the way that she pulls through life's struggles. Towards the end of the story, I do not agree with some of the decisions she makes, specifically when it comes to religion. Despite that fact, this book would be appreciated by teens that have ever had to deal with the loss of someone close to them.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Chambersburg, Pennsylvania United States
The Humongous Book of Cartooning has really helped me. I used to only be able to draw stick figures, but now I can draw stuff I never dreamed I could. It was so easy to learn and it was fun too. I recommend this book to anyone who has a dream of drawing cartoons. So grab your pencils and get started.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Mineola, Texas America
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
I love history. I especially love that 99% of this story is true. Michelle Moran does a really good job of including tons of facts, lots of imagery, and true characters. She italicizes some foreign words where you can find them in the glossary in the back of the book. My one and only problem in this book is that she does not include all the foreign words in the glossary so you had to guess as to what the word meant. Besides that, this book was amazing in every other way! I wish school textbooks could be as entertaining as this story, yet still have all the facts she included!
Reviewer City, State and Country: Gearhart, Oregon United States
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
This may be because of me being 5 years above this books recommended age level but this book is boring. With all of its 126 pages, I feel it doesn`t correctly portray medieval times and since it uses pictures, it fails to capture how the character looks through its words. Combined with all this it also overuses the phrase "Flaming catapults." Still, it shows the viewpoint quite efficiently and I like it when it shows what happens through the white mouse`s eyes. The details aren`t very descriptive but it gets the point across. All-around a short book good for a very short read and little else.
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Monday, October 05, 2009
While I did somewhat enjoy this novel, I must let you know that this book is a sequel and I had not read its prequel. I found much of the book very confusing, including the references to the religion found in the book and the history of the land found in the book. Very few of the references were explained for those who have not read the prequel. However, despite that, it was a well written piece of literature. The battle scenes were described so that you could see inside the minds of the warriors; and, politics was stripped down to its basic nature to describe a frustrated king. I liked all the emotional drama that occurred in this novel. Because of gory battle scenes and descriptions, I would probably recommend this book to mature teenage boys. Don't forget....if you want the story to not be confusing, please read its prequels.
Adult guidance is recommended due to many sexual references made throughout the novel.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Mineola, TX U.S.A.
THE SHADOW QUEEN by Anne Bishop is a novel from the BLACK JEWELS series. It immediately drew me in and I could hardly put it down. There is a lot of mature language and references so the reader should proceed with caution. Even with these little things, it's still a great read. There are some characters that I immediately liked or hated, but my feelings changed as the story progresses. The author has done an excellant job of making these characters leap off the page and they are very realistic. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I will definitely be looking for more of this author.
There are several references to mature topics and there is a lot of strong language. It's a wonderful book and I enjoyed it, but these references could deter others.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Braintree, Massachusetts United States
Sunday, October 04, 2009
The Tear Collector is not your average novel. It was the perfect combination of romance, supernatural, and a little bit of mystery. Patrick Jones used a very creative and clever plot for this story. Words can't describe how fascinating this novel was. I was hooked from the start. It was absolutely wonderful and I reccommend it to all young- adult readers.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Fairborn, Ohio USA
Ginger High by Melissa Burmester is not the most well-written book, but it has an enormous amount of potential. For a book written by a 14-year-old, it was pretty good. Burmester's creativity and plot twists were some of the most interesting parts of Ginger High, but I'm sad to say that her writing was sort of choppy and unfinished. She'd start with one really good plot twist, but then she would end the chapter and leave the twist just hanging there, not bringing it to conclusion of any sort in the next. She would also begin describing a character's flashback and then suddenly interrupt it with the character's present thoughts and actions. I've seen this technique used well in other books, but Burmester's skills just seemed to lack the maturity needed to pull this off without confusing readers. Also, in the first part of the book, Burmester writes about a little girl getting attacked, and then she goes straight to Amanta and Matthias in school at Ginger High. The little girl was mentioned at the end of the story, but she really didn't have a significant role in the plot. Burmester presented many good ideas, but she just did not know how to incorporate them completely into her novel. Another downfall was her characters were really hard to imagine. She didn't describe their physical appearances very well. Instead she described her characters' actions and how they interacted with the other characters, but this just didn't seem as in-depth as readers might like. Describing the school is another thing that could have used more work. Burmester talked about the rooms and the decor somewhat but never described where everything was located to help the readers really SEE the school. Melissa Burmester can definitely become a very accomplished fantasy writer; she just needs more practice at finishing the ideas she presents to the readers. With such improvements, the sequel to Ginger could be great.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Paynesville, MN USA
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Its otherworldly tone, along with realistic dialogue, allowed me to throw myself completely into the novel, and I felt at times like I was Emily. The Embers was both inspirational and informative as to the lives of those who have been shaken by death, and how they recover from the emotional trauma. I recommend this novel to anyone who wishes to be entranced by Hyatt Bass's strong words. This book has the potential to become a New York Times Best Seller.
This book contains mature adult sexual civilizations along with moderate language.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Elkview, West Virginia United States
"The Wolverine Files" was a very detailed yet interesting book about the adventures of wolverine. I found the setting to be complete every time the book mentioned a particular scene about Wolverine. However, I find it important to note that this novel is not a compilation of comics, nor is it the usual story. Instead it is divided into sections such as "Origins", "Enemies", and "The Women in His Life". This kept these files very straight forward and easy to understand, even if you knew nothing about Wolverine. This also allows Wolverine's character to come out in earnest and help you understand him better. So this is a very helpful method if you indeed do not know anything about Wolverine, as was my case.The author, Mike W. Barr, created an ultimate guide to Wolverine's adventures, allies, enemies, and everything else about him. Even if you think that Wolverine would be a boring character, this book turns him into a real person, and will at least will grab your attention at some of the more exciting parts. However, I do not reccomend reading the entire book through in one, two, or even three sittings, for this would become tedious and you start to lose interest. None-the-less, "The Wolverine Files" is a very entertaining book with 1 major problem- the beginning. The beginning I found to be somewhat confusing, probably because I knew nothing about Wolverine. However I believe that a book should have a descriptive beginning that gives a detailed description of the main character. And I believe that "The Wolverine Files" did not do this, but rather started the story almost immediately, which made the novel somewhat overwhelming at the beginning of the story. Other than this flaw, "The Wolverine Files" is a very good book, and I would reccomend it to anyone who is just a little curious about Wolverine and the X-men.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Baltimore, Maryland USA
Friday, October 02, 2009
Considering the fact that Carpe Corpus is that sixth book in the Morganville Vampires series, it was a tad hard at first to try to figure out who everyone was and what was going on. Yet, the author basically summarized what had happened in the first chapter so the reader was able to understand. The characters were extremely easy to understand and relate to. The emotions and issues that the characters are facing are real to life; from the trouble of keeping a romance alive to trying to rebel against suppression. This series may become as popular as Twilight, it is that good.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Pottstown, PA United States
The Anatomy of Wings caught my attention as soon as I started. Jennifer Day is easy to identify with. Her journey to find her voice is endearing and I felt myself rooting for her along the way hoping she would find her voice. The story flips back and forth between the past and present which gives Beth a personality and lets readers get to know her and care about her. This book is a fast read that will be enjoyed by middle school readers who want a real life story.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Westerville, OH USA
Thursday, October 01, 2009
I thought over all this was a very good book. I usually become very board during Historical Fiction books, but this one was a real page turner. Leigh Ann's Conners seems to be a very realistic character, which is one of the reasons I liked the book. This book didn't have any bad content so I would recommend it for ages 13 and up.
Reviewer City, State and Country: , New Mexico USA
I thought this book was a little boring, and hard to follow at first. It was confusing because of all the foreign words for father, brother, mother, and so on. Eventually I could figure it out, but it took a few pages. The ending was surprising though. It was beautifully written. I really enjoyed reading Slumgirl Dreaming, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading non-fiction.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Springfield, Ohio USA