Saturday, November 28, 2009
is loved by all her classmates. As the months pass and winter turns to summer, Stephie starts to wonder if she and her sister will ever go home or even worse if they will ever see their parents again.
I really enjoyed a faraway island by Annika Thor. It had a good story and the characters had very realistic personalties. The story was very sad in a way because of the events that happened throughout the book, her frustration with her foster mother and her little sister. Overall I really liked it, and I would recommend it to 12 and up.
Reviewer City, State and Country: , New Mexico USA
With a notebook spiral binding, colorful printing, and glossy pages, this book is definitely girly. Since the author is president of Wilhelmina Kids & Teens Modeling Agency, the photos of girls in the book are sophisticated and of high quality. For the most part, the photos represent several nationalities. Yoga is also pushed a bit, but not so much as to make the reader want to put the book down. The book would have been better if it discussed fashion more, though.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Troy, NY USA
I am an absolute dog lover. The puppies in this book are extremely cute and no two are alike. The quotes go great with the pictures. I would recommend this book to anyone. Looking at these pictures will make you smile even on your worst days.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Finksburg, MD USA
I really enjoyed this book. I have always liked reading about the Holocaust and to see it through 10 year olds eyes was very interesting. You can really tell how hard it was to survive and how you needed someone to rely on. This was my first time reading about someone who had been one of Dr. Josef Mengele's twins. It was really interesting to read what he did to them and to see just how hard they had to fight to survive.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Finksburg, MD USA
I enjoyed reading this book. My favorite section was when they talked about their lives before fame. I also liked when they talked about friends, family, and fans. Another thing I enjoyed was looking at the pictures and taking the quizzes. I would recommend this book to anyone with Obsessive Jonas Disorder (OJD).
Reviewer City, State and Country: Enon, OH USA
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
This book may seem overly long at first glance, but the face pace of its plot makes it interesting. Cat and her collection of friends are totally engaging, and they never seem to tire of their adventures together. "Cat O'Nine Tails" is an endearing piece of work that I would recommend to any young adult reader.
The plot of this book moved along in a way that was so fluid I hardly even recognized how quickly I was turning the pages. Cat and her friends are people I would love to have accompany me on any adventure. Cat's wisdom and knowledge of how to get herself out of sticky situations is something rarely found in today's modern, comfortable society. It is refreshing to read of a fourteen year old girl who is embarking on adventures (whether forced or voluntarily) that many adults might not appreciate. This book will most definitely be added to my list of favorite novels.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Cary, NC USA
I believe it was a good try. It is difficult to write a book about the strange and the freakish without it sounding cliche. Still it lacked interest and, frankly, good writing. The majority of the tales seemed to have been written in haste with the end product being, shall we say, less than satisfying. A lot of the stories had an excellent beginning and a rough ending, or an intriguing ending but a lousy beginning. No story seemed to have a captivating beginning, middle, and end.
Reviewer City, State and Country: fuquay Varina , north Carolina united States of America
This book gives a very good look into the lives of many young people today. They see things and know things they shouldn't however it helps them in taking a step into becoming an adult. Family troubles such as diseases happen to many young people who don't know how to deal with them, but it will help in the long run. The detail that the author uses really makes you fall into the book. I could see the Fourth of July parade, and I could feel what Edie was feeling when Eli was mean to her that night. The book really carptures the emotion of what normal everyday families go through.Silas House shows the struggles of not only a young boy, but a teenage girl, a mother and father, and the struggle a young girl goes through when her family falls apart. When a book can speak to many people of all ages, I think it's worth a read.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Mantua, NJ US
Monday, November 23, 2009
Erik Raschke kept me entertained just long enough for me to finish his book. The Book of Samuel is a nice short story but I found myself nodding off at times during reading it. Although it was very realistic most of the time, there was no flow to the book. Most of the time the author would cut off a topic, making me wish that he would write more about it. I would recommend this book to anyone, boy or girl, that is looking for a quick read.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Tipp City, OH United States
Sunday, November 22, 2009
This book was beautifully written and quite serious. The author had a very special and interesting view on God, adulthood, and life, in general. Even though this was a good book, it was quite slow. It took a lot for me to sit down and read it, partly because the book's events were more negitive than positive. It involves cheating, suicide attemps, and the like, so it is not really a childrens' book. In essence, it is a book about growing up.
The book had a suicide attempt, the mother cheated, and it had references to alcohol and abuse.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Lake Bluff, IL United States of America
This book was very well written. The whole time I was reading it, I felt as though I was right there with each of the girls. Everything was perfectly planned out to give a sense of suspense and to also tie the loose ends together in the end. I would most definitely recommend this book to other readers, especially teenage girls, struggling with self confidence. It really touched a special place in my heart and I can honestly say it is the best book I have read so far.
There is a great deal of foul language used in this book, but I think every teenager can handle it. It is also used in the correct circumstances, adding the right mood to the book. Without it, this book wouldn't be the same.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Newville, Pennsylvania USA
The Monstrumologist is a well-written and well-thought out story. The plot, as fantastic and unbelievable as it seems initially, actually seems plausible and the author's unique style of writing draws you into the life of Will Henry immediately. Will is a believable character as well as one that readers will identify with even in his bizarre situation. Will's friendship with the doctor is also interesting and complex,as well as evolving throughout the story. The mood is an ominous one throughout the novel; you can sense that there are twists coming your way but somehow don't expect them when they finally reveal themselves. The novel is written as a journal and it maintains that feel all through. The characters are dynamic and interesting, especially those of Will Henry and the doctor. The aspect of the novel that is the most remarkable is the author's attention to detail. There are many squirm inducing scenes in this novel and it involves plenty of gruesome and horrific descriptions. The language is effective and the detail makes the reader feel very much a part of Will Henry's unsettling saga. This is not a book for the squeamish but if you enjoy a fun, horror-fantasy novel then this is most definitely a must read and a story you will not soon forget.
Reviewer City, State and Country: San Diego, CA U.S.A
Saturday, November 21, 2009
I loved this book! I could stop reading Fat Cat. I loved the characters, especially Cat. She was really smart and I thought her science project was so unique. I liked seeing her become healthy and was happy that she finally became comfortable in her own body. I also really enjoyed reading about her foray into the world of boys. Robin Brande really knows how to get into the mind of a teenager and wrote Cat's thoughts and ideas wonderfully.
I loved this book! I could stop reading Fat Cat. I loved the characters, especially Cat. She was really smart and I thought her science project was so unique. I liked seeing her become healthy and was happy that she finally became comfortable in her own body. I also really enjoyed reading about her foray into the world of boys. Robin Brande really knows how to get into the mind of a teenager and wrote Cat's thoughts and ideas wonderfully. I would recommend Fat Cat to any fans of young adult literature.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Aston, Pennsylvania United States
This was a really creative, well put together book. All 27 stories were unique, and different. Some stories were the light-hearted and laugh out loud type, while others were more serious, some were full of suspense, and a couple were just action. All of the different authors personality's stood out, which helped to create this funny spin on the tales and encounters the girls and women, behind the hero's face. One of the things that really bothered me, though, was that I didn't feel the book was good for the recommended age group, young adult, because of all the innuendo. Some of the content didn't make me feel comfortable nor did it meet up with my religious views. A lot of the story's left me thinking wow but others weren't so greatly written, it's like the author was trying to get somewhere but it didn't work. I didn't enjoy the book so much; but I think someone who knows a lot about the tales of the Greek myths or heroes would REALLY enjoy it.
Mature language and sexual content
Reviewer City, State and Country: Springtown, Texas United States of America
Cyan is one of those characters that you just fall in love with. She's a girl who won't give in to the crap her mother spits out but also a sweet girl who's lost her dad. This book had a great story from beginning to end, but the flow was a little slow. The beginning was a little dry, but I was still interested and kept reading. I think the ending could of been a little stronger also, it kind of left me hanging. All in all this was a great book. I loved how Cyan finally saw that her mother wasn't the evil witch of the west but someone who was burned. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a little mystery along with some tragedy and grief.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Mantua, NJ USA
Age 14 by Geert Spillebeen, translated by Terese Edelstein is a historical novel about a young Irish boy in World War I. I was initially drawn to the book because of the time period. History is my passion and I thought this book would be a good read. However, it didn't attract me at all once I'd started. The story was fast-paced and very depressing. I believe it was a true story, but I was very unsure throughout. I wasn't satisfied with the ending because it left much to speculation. A young boy leaving his family to join the army and their terrible reaction isn't comforting either. I personally did not enjoy this book but it's up to the reader to decide for themself.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Braintree, Massachusetts United States
I loved Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan; I couldn't put it down the moment I read the first page. Throughout the book there are photography terms, so if you aren't familiar with cameras, it might be difficult to understand some parts. The situations are very up-to-date and realistic for today's youth. Flash Burnout is very witty but tragic. I recommend this book to any teenager who wants a surreal and intense comedy.
Has sexual conflicts and drug use.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Osseo, Wisconsin United States
Solace of the Road was a very good novel. It tells an amazing story of a girl, who just wants things to be the way they used to. Everyone feels that way at times so this story was very realistic. Siobhan Dowd did a very good job describing the setting and the character's actions. It was a very interesting, yet exciting novel, leaving me wondering what would happen next. I would definitely recommend this book to all readers who enjoy any young-adult novels.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Fairborn, Ohio USA
I thought this book had an interesting plot and idea, but the writing style was wrong for the book. The book was confusing at many times, and it lacked descriptive words. I found it a little hard to comprehend what the author meant to say, and it is very easy to get lost in the book. I enjoyed the adventures, and I also liked the main character, Modo. If the author had employed a different writing technique, I believe it could have been much better. As it is, however, I would not recommend this book to any for casual reading.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Towson, MD United States
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Bitter Night by Diana Pharaoh Francis was and amazing book. After I began reading the book I was not able to put it down. There is a really good plot line and the book is filled with adventure along with a touch of romance. The author doesn't put too much detail into things that don't really matter which keeps the book from getting boring. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys adventure and likes to read books that aren't in the normal witches and vampires genre.
There is some adult references and some language that younger adults should watch out for, but the book is pretty appropriate for young adults.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Brownsburg, Indiana United States of America
What I Wore To Save The World is a book that gets you hooked from the very beginning. It is a exciting book because it makes you want to keep reading to see what happenes next. Maryrose Wood is a creative writer and used a entertaining plot to make this a captivating book. What I Wore To Save The World is a story with a combination of magic and romance. I would recommend this book to any romance-lovers or anyone who likes anything about magic.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Enon, Ohio USA
Blood Bargain is a marvelous story about the love a girl has for her family, town and companion. This story is the sequel to the first book of the Blood Lines Series, Matters of the Blood. There is enough tension and suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat and wanting it to never end. Every turn of the page was something unexpected. The characters kept the story funny and interesting while serious at times to create a fabulous read.
Some sexual content.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Sacramento, CA USA
Monday, November 16, 2009
I really liked this book. It was interesting and caught me right from the beginning. You get a glimpse into many different cultures such as Lily's witchcraft, the people around where Lily lives and the legends of the local Latinos. Two mysteries are contained in this one book and both have you changing your mind at every clue acquired. It keeps you on your toes and your mind constantly works to try and figure everything out before Lily.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Guilderland, New York USA
Sunday, November 15, 2009
I had mixed feelings about the book. I have read the preceding book in the series, The Clone Elite, and really enjoyed it. This novel had many unique characters and settings, probably more than the previous book. It also included a female main character, Ava Gardner, which changed the tone of the book and took the focus off the conflict somewhat. The book's plot made sense and was easy to follow, but there was enough intrigue between the various factions to make it interesting. I probably would have generally liked the book if not for the ending, which was inconclusive and depressing. There was also probably not quite enough physical action for me, though this was a lesser concern. The book was, to me, a disappointment after reading the more action-packed and fast-paced The Clone Elite, which wraps its story up more conclusively. It is probably best for people who enjoy science fiction with a moderate pace, more characterization and plot intrigue, only a moderate amount of action, and do not mind having to wait until the next book comes out for the ending; I personally prefer more action and less character development and like books with conclusive endings. It is not necessary to have read any of the previous novels to understand or enjoy this novel.
This book has some sex and violence. There are also references to relations between men, though not involving the protagonist. None of this is too explicit, but only teenagers or adults should read this book.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Royersford, PA United States
Opening up The Mermaid's Madness I noticed a heading called 'Other Books in this Series' and saw another books title above this one. I normally read stories in order for I feel that that is the way they are supposed to be read, but lucky for me I gave this book a chance. Although it was clear that this book had a prequel, because there were references to a past adventure, Jim C. Hines was able to work in the character's background without messing up the flow of the book.
It was a good thing that I received this book on a Friday because I couldn't put it down. The plot hooked me in right at the beginning and kept going strong until the very end. It wove together action scenes, that made me sit on the edge of my seat and yell at my book, and emotional scenes that brought the characters to life, making me feel for them. Hines cleverly took well known stories and transformed them into an epic tale filled with girl power. Now I plan to read this series' previous books as well as the next one because The Mermaid's Madness is now officially on my favorite books list.
Friday, November 13, 2009
I thought the book was quite ordinary. It wasn't terrible yet not a best seller. It's a book for people who like to keep reading to get all the answers. Definitely a book for rainy days! I got the feeling Bertie wasn't the sharpest knife in the drawer. She smoked and drank, and the vocabulary wasn't completely appropriate. It was fiction, almost sci-fi. I thought the ending was nice, but I thought in the end, Bertie didn't do much except worry and cause trouble. It's for people who like magic.
The main character smoked and drank. Occasionally she cussed. She seemed to want to prove herself by being a bit of a gangster.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Eagle River, AK United States
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wow I really loved Days of Little Texas. It was an exciting mix of adventure, romance, religion, hope, and family. There was a lot of excitement and adventure that kept me guessing and more than once I was reading at the edge of my seat. The plot was original and I learned a lot of new things. Nelson pulled the reader in from the first page and wouldn't let them go until the last.
The characters were all great. Well developed with their own personalities, they stuck in my head long after I finished the novel. Not only was the book exciting with great characters, but Nelson's writing style was fantastic. The descriptions of all the scenes and characters were awesome, and I could picture it all in my head as I was reading, which made the book that much better. A haunting story, I highly recommend Days of Little Texas to everyone.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Hightstown, New Jersey USA
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I absolutely loved this book! Liz Kessler does a great jog grabbing your attention and making you want to not put down the book. The ending was a shocker and I think that's why I loved it, because you don't know what she'll throw at you next.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Orland, CA United States
Personally, I enjoyed the novel. Even though it is nonfiction, the authors' make the storyline and events rather interesting; instead of writing like a textbook, the authors included personal accounts of the incidents from those who experienced them and a detailed depiction of the event. I loved the fact that the authors touch on spiritualism as well as "ghost stories", which sets this book apart from others of this kind. I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a great page-turner and who enjoy spooky stories that happen to be true. Additionally, anyone who enjoys going in-depth about history would find this novel interesting.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Pottstown, PA United States
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
If you want to step into another person's world, this is the book to read. Not because you feel like you're Eddie as much as you'll feel as if he's talking to you and only you. I really enjoyed how the author wrote it as if she were Eddie, using the language he would use as well as the thoughts he would have had. After I'd finished the book, I felt really lucky to be where I am today. Not having to worry about getting off the bus and being hit up by a drug dealer, or having to worry about having to act tough to not get beat up. It just goes to show don't take what you have for granted.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Libertyville, Illinois United States
Sunday, November 08, 2009
The story revolves around Peter Augustus Duchene, a young orphaned boy who lives with a near senile man in a bustling town two centuries ago. As Peter is out running errands for the day, he can't help but to ask a question of a fortune teller he sees. The cryptic answer Peter receives leads him on an adventure that would change not only his life, but the lives of everyone around him. Emphasizing the universal themes of hope, faith, and love, The Magician's Elephant is the perfect book for anyone looking for a heartwarming story.
Anyone who loved DiCamillo's The Tale of Despereaux will enjoy The Magician's Elephant. It is an enthralling book, and once you begin reading you will not want to stop. Believable characters and a multitude of sub-plots make the book not only interesting, but also a work of art. The way DiCamillo weaves together the stories of so many is brilliant. Read The Magician's Elephant-you won't be disappointed.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Tipp City, OH USA
Saturday, November 07, 2009
Honestly, I enjoyed this book. However, some of the events were hard to connect to. Never in my life have I imagined having an arranged marriage to someone I just barely know. I would have never had the courage to follow an army of rebel soldiers to rescue my family. I believe that is why Chanda is such a good lead. Chanda has the courage to raise her family alone in a city and drop out of school to help support her brother and sister. Even when Chanda is tracking down her family with Nelson, she somehow manages to keep a cool head. And she also finds love along the way.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Brownsburg, Indiana USA
Going Bovine was a very interesting novel. The author, Libba Bray, is also known for her Gemma Doyle Trilogy, which is completely different than this book. Going Bovine was funny, touching, and also a little crazy. Cameron's journey is set in our world, but there were some fantastical elements, like talking yard gnomes and punk-rock angels, that kept things lively. I liked the juxtaposition of real life and fantasy. The reader never knows if what is happening is real or just a dream, which leaves the book open for interpretation. But even with the weird parts, Going Bovine was also deep and heartfelt and can be enjoyed by many readers. The only negative is that the book is extremely long, so be prepared to set aside some time for reading.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Aston, Pennsylvania United States
Friday, November 06, 2009
I rated part one three out of ten, because although effective in getting the little points and big picture around to me, it went about doing that in a boring way. There are a lot of long scientific words to be memorized and, you have to reread almost the whole thing from time to time. Often I would find myself reading a paragraph in it three or four times before I got what it was saying! I rate the second part an eight out of ten. This was my favorite part of the book. It wasn’t boring, it vividly described what happened/would happen in the future to threatened species, and rereading was minimal for me. I rated the third and final part six out of ten. It had some boring parts, and some parts I had to reread, but it also had some really interesting chapters about renewable energy, environmentally safe cars, nuclear power plants, and groups that have taken action. One feature in this book that I adored was the Call to Actions, short articles at the end of each chapter talking about things that young adults could do to help this global warming in our own homes and hometowns. So overall, the first part is horrible, although I ensure it is worth your time to fully read parts two and three, and read all the Call to Actions!
Reviewer City, State and Country:
Leawood, Kansas Johnson
Thursday, November 05, 2009
The Golden Shrine by Harry Turtledove is as thrilling and exciting as the last two in the series. With numerous twists and turns, Turtledove keeps the reader guessing at what will come next. His brand of comic relief helps keep the reader entertained at even the least exciting point of the story. With his style combined with unique characters and a fantastic plot, The Golden Shrine is a book I would suggest to any fan of Fantasy novels.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Chambersburg, PA United States
Full of stunning details, whimsical characters, and tropical air, The Indigo Notebook was exciting to read and has become a favorite that I will enjoy reading again. Zeeta is a great heroine, and although she wants a “normal” life, she has an experience of a lifetime and realizes what she really wants. Zeeta’s free-spirited mother and sweet-natured Wendell are such neat characters couldn’t get enough of them. Zetta’s quest for Handsome Magazine Dad and Wendell’s shocking discovery about his parents is enough give you the night owl bug and keep you reading nonstop. I really enjoyed reading something that was set somewhere besides high school and be able to travel through a book.
The Indigo Notebook is a great book for teens not only because of its lovable characters or its excitingly exotic backdrop, but for the sense of life it gives to its message of being content and pursing your dreams. Overall, I loved the colorful and refreshing story of understanding your heart that The Indigo Notebook had to offer. I hope you get a chance to read it soon!
Rating (0 - 10 scale): 9
Reviewer Age: 16
Reviewer City, State and Country: , NM USA
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
This was an adventurous book with lots of emotion and fighting. It's the third book in an action packed trilogy and I highly recommend it! Once in a while, the chapters feel boring and I wanted to put the book down. It moves through extremely slowly, but I loved the fast parts and if you like the fantasy genre, you'll like Foxfire!
There are six main characters: Darak, Griane, Keirith, Faelia, Callie and Rigat. They live in a clan with their closest friends and Keirith and Rigat are the special ones in this family. Keirith can touch people's spirits and relieve them of their pain, while Rigat is almost as powerful as a god. Very very powerful. It turned out that Rigat was not the son of Darak, who was the chief of their clan, but the son of Fellgair, the trickster god of Zherosi, who had been at war with the tree people for as long as they can remember. Rigat decides to join his father, who has his best interests at heart.
I think that this book was really adventurous! It had lots of mischief and action and I could tell that the writer put a lot of thought into her writing. I think that the author, Barbara Campbell, was a little harsh at the end of the book because there is a war and many soldiers die in it, but my overall reaction to it was that it was an interesting story and that i loved the book. The vocabulary age is definitely appropriate and the author definitely achieved her purpose. The strength of this book is that it was well written and the weakness is that some of the information was excessive and not necessary. I would recommend it to many people, as long as they're older than 12. It's a pg-13 book.
This is a little mature for some children and I would recommend parental guidance.
Reviewer City, State and Country: New York, NY, USA
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
I absolutely adore this book. It has great and hilarious characters with an amazing story line behind them. My favorite part of this book was when D.J. went to Beaner's for the karaoke party. To tell the truth I really couldn't find many dislikes about this book. The only thing I really didn't like was the fact that I couldn't really get a good picture of the different settings in my head. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a funny tale with an emotional twist.
Reviewer Age: 13
Reviewer City, State and Country: Springfield, Ohio United States
Monday, November 02, 2009
Tempted is the sixth book in the House of Night series. It is a romance, a mystery, and a thriller. I loved every one of the books in the series. Tempted is my definite favorite.
This book, Tempted, is by P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast. Zoey Redbird used to be a typical seventeen year old girl, her parents didn't understand her, they didn't care what she wanted. Zoey got Chosen by Nyx, the leader of all of the House of Night's across the world. In this sixth book Zoey is tempted by Kalona, a fallen angel, and tested by Neferet, an evil mistress that used to be a follower of Nyx, but darkness took over. Zoey has fallen in love with Stark, Erik, and Heath. But Erik pulls a fast one on her and ruins everything. Or is it just that, that fixed it all? This book had me ripping through the pages. P.C. Cast is my favorite author. If you’ve read the other House of Night books, you should definitely read this one. If you haven't read all of her House of the Night books, I highly recommend them.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Mineola, Texas, USA