Thursday, October 28, 2010
I loved Kiss Me Deadly. The writers chosen to be included in this book amazed me. Each author had the wonderful ability to make me picture every little detail inside my head. The mood of each tale varied from one extreme to the other, which made me empathetic for the characters. The main problem I had was that a few of the tales had weak beginnings. I was completely turned off but as I read more the story became interesting. The basic fact that the authors made their protagonist love not only a person but also something else really kept me reading and helped me feel like I was part of the story. Overall I recommend this book not only to the romantics but those who get sucked into paranormal tales with plenty of conflict.
I rate this a 3 because there is reference to drugs, alcohol, and sex.
Reviewer City, State and Country: AZ City, Az USA
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Solid was a good book but it's not the best I've read. It had a great plot and some good scenes but I found
it hard to relate to since the main character was a girl. It's a good girls book but not so much for guys. I did,
however, find that there was plenty of action and suspense to keep me from putting it down. I think girls would enjoy this book more than I did.
City, State and Country: Mineola, Texas America
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
The last two books of the Magickers series were great. There was plenty of action in the classic battle between good and evil. Every event was so epic that I couldn't put it down. But it seems to drop off at one point, other than that this book was flawless. Everyone would love this book, especially Harry Potter fans.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Mineola, Texas America
Sunday, October 24, 2010
As she faces impossible odds, she discovers her talent is even more powerful, and more dangerous, than she thought before.
This was a wonderful book that had an interesting plot and exciting storyline. While I read, I often wondered if everything would turn out right, and was alternately relieved and horrified at the turn of events, and always surprised by Nya's talents. Hopefully I can get Bluefire, the second book. I can't wait to see what happens next!
Reviewer City, State and Country: Santa Fe, Texas USA
This book has very good visual components; you can really feel that you are there in the book. The author makes the characters come alive, and believe that what is happening to them can happen. Since this book was told in first person, it makes the book even more believable. The vocabulary was perfect for my reading level. The ending was good but it does leave you anticipating for the next book. I would recommend this book to people who liked books about werewolves, romance, and adventure.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Northglenn, Colorado United States of America
This book was written in the form of a diary, which gave an inside glimpse into the narrator's thoughts and emotions. While the main character was well-developed, the setting was a little weak. The book was more about how the main character felt than what was actually going on around her. It only focused on Jenny's side of the story, leaving out details about what happened to the other characters, like Jane Austen and her siblings. The vocabulary was at a lower level than was expected, which made the book seem more appropriate for younger readers. I appreciated the happy ending, but it left me wondering how the other characters ended up. However, it was a light-hearted and touching book that served its purpose to show what life was like for young women in that time period. I would recommend it to any girl who likes a feel-good romantic story.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Bayside , WI U.S.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
The book Half Upon a Time was a very funny book. It was funny for me because the author took a classic fairy tale I have known since I was little and turned it into a humorous novel for our age group today. The descriptions of the settings in the story are very descriptive. I was always able to imagine myself in the place where the characters were. Even though most of the characters are from an era where knights and princesses and villages were dominant, they had traits that reminded me of how people act in today's society. After the end of the book, I was left hanging because the characters had just begun a new adventure right before the book ended. I think that this book could be the next Harry Potter. The vocabulary was definitely age appropriate. I found the book very interesting, and I would really like it if the author would continue the book and make it a series. As you can see, I enjoyed the book Half Upon a Time.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Braintree, Massachusetts United States
Sunday, October 17, 2010
I absolutely loved The Mermaid's Mirror! The characters seemed real and after reading this story it made me feel like mermaids actually existed. L.K. Madigan did a good job describing the Lena's personality as well as the setting of the book and the feeling of surfing. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves the ocean, mermaids, and romance.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Brownsburg, Indiana United States of America
Thursday, October 14, 2010
This book was interesting in some parts, but I felt that it was lacking in others. The setting, a small town on the Porpotank River, is beautifully described and came off as very real. However, the same cannot be said for some of the characters. Strangely, I felt that the more minor characters, such as Grace's cousins and their friends, had more depth and personality than the two main characters, Grace and Salter. I thought that both characters didn't have much background or personality, and that the love story between the two seemed forced. The thing that disappointed me the most was the ending. Almost all of the problems are left unsolved and it seems as if the book needs another fifty pages to wrap it up. This book, however, is the first in a series, and I would hope that the problems will be solved later on, but I am not at all motivated to spend another few days reading a sequel. I found the writing to be dull in some parts and the action scenes didn't seem quite right. I would not recommend this book to someone; I found it to be forgettable and boring, and even though some parts were very poetic and well-written, and the author conveyed her theme of recovery and love well, the rest of the book was lacking.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Milwaukee, Wisconsin United States
This book is an autobiography. The author achieved his purpose of sharing some of his life experiences with others. However, kids like me might not be able to understand or relate to some of the things they read in the book. I didn't enjoy reading the book when I came across inappropriate concepts and bad language. I wouldn't recommend this book to my friends, but some adults might like it.
Reviewer Age: 11
Reviewer City, State and Country: Dickinson, Texas, U.S.A.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
You will not be bored by this book, although potentially confused at times. If you live a fairly
"normal' life, you will find yourself wishing Mark Genevich, the protagonist, would just do things that made more sense, like being honest with the police. Written in the first person, his wit and "thumb your nose" attitude has a certain charm and draws you in. You find yourself rooting for this somewhat hapless though determined private eye and glad when things begin to go his way. If you are looking for an interesting and witty book, you will enjoy this novel but be warned there are mature themes and a fairly descriptive sexual encounter. This novel is the second in a series and is written in a way that does not require you to have read the first.
There are two instances of sexual encounters, one of which is very descriptive. This book did not in any way resonate with me as a "teen" book and felt more like an adult (20's) book.
Reviewer City, State and Country: South Pasadena, CA USA
Monday, October 11, 2010
This is not your typical fantasy novel. The grammar, punctuation, and capitalization are nonstandard. This is probably done to mirror the way people actually speak and has an interesting effect on the novel. As for the plot, it was entertaining and intriguing. The characters are varied, and there are several unexpected plot twists. However, I found the novel a bit confusing. It would have been nice for the story to have been longer as the plot seems too rushed. This book, because of its unusual writing style and shorter length, may be especially good for teenagers who are reluctant readers.
Reviewer Age:16Reviewer City, State and Country: Royersford, PA United States
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
One of my favorite things about this book is Gran's store. It's a little hole-in-the-wall shop with just about everything inside. And just like the store, this novel has a little bit of everything thrown into the plot. Readers who love mythical creatures will love the sections about Alysha's special visitors and Dragon Lords. Readers who love romance will find it sprinkled throughout the pages. For me, I was drawn in by how strong the family ties between characters were. Everything---every choice, action, and flavor of pie----was determined by how other family members would react to it. While this isn't my favorite book (I was a little turned off by how the Aunties seemed to "breed" their descendants), other readers interested in fantasy books will have their hands on an entertaining novel if they choose to give it a try.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Mineola, TX U.S.A.
At first, this book seemed really interesting; it's talking about Renaissance Italy! How could someone write a boring book in that time period? Apparently, Mary Osborne can. The author certainly did her research, and she tries to show this by cramming a copious amount of factual information into her novel. Did she really need to put Italian words in every other sentence? Not only that, the author has no writing style; as my English teacher would put it, she needs more showing and less telling. The book is a huge mix of cliched storylines, and the plot is not captivating. She uses so many foreign names for the characters that I had a hard time remembering who is who. The author's characterization is faulty; even her main character is flat. In her historical fiction novel, Mary Osborne's certainly got the historical part down, just not the fiction.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Hinsdale, IL US
This was a decent book for people who enjoy reading. The state of Angora was fairly believable and the wording was good. It was fairly easy to picture the places and people. There were some scenes that it felt like I was there but others where there wasn't much to it. I would recommend this to people who love to read and have good imaginations.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Machesney Park, Illinois USA
Monday, October 04, 2010
I give I, Emma Freke a 10/10! It is one of the best books I have read in along time. It had very good imagery, I could see the places and people when I closed my eyes. I felt like I was the main character, Emma. I felt the pain and loneliness she felt. It had just enough detail. I would recommend this book.
Reviewer City, State and Country: braintree, ma usa
This book is not one I particularly liked, it tended to jump from one subject to another. I found myself rereading a lot to figure out what was going on. The characters were not very well-described except for the main character Natalie. The book had a very slow start. I wouldn't recommend this book.
Reviewer City, State and Country: boothwyn, PA USA
Honestly, the book wasn't very interesting. Opening the book, my attention was not grabbed, and I had a hard time completing it. Desptite that, the pictures were pretty, and did help add to the experience. Although not as captivating as the original, Raven organized the book in a better way. It was very easy to follow, and I thought everything transitioned well from journal entry's to a narrative. It was a fairly small book, and the character developement was done well. I would recommend this book to a lower age audience than suggested, because it seemed to be more of a story book, despite some of the content. I would also recommend this book to someone who has already read the original Dracula and had a hard time keeping up with it, or got bored. Overall, it wasn't a horrible book, but it also wasn't outstanding.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Springtown, Texas United states
Friday, October 01, 2010
I'm not much of a short story reader, but I wanted to give this collection a try. There was a good variety of authors and stories to keep me interested throughout reading, even if I didn't enjoy some stories as much as others. This was also a great introduction to the urban fantasy genre. After reading this, I found some new authors that I would like to read more from. While this genre isn't for everyone, it's worth giving this collection a try. This would also make a perfect fall read.
Has some sexual content
Reviewer City, State and Country: Philadelphia, PA USA
a beautiful cheerleader with a football player as her
boyfriend. Brinkley always gets the lead in school plays -
whether she deserves it or not. When Brinkley is almost
expelled, she has to go to therapy as an alternative.
Brinkley thinks she is perfect and that is an issue with
her counselor. Brinkley has never known what the life of
an unpopular girl was like - that is, until she wakes up
in a poor, Goth girl s body! Will Brinkley learn her
This book speaks the truth! Brinkley is
described as a disdainful, upper-class cheerleader who
walks right over the underdog. It is only fitting that
Brinkley has to live the life of a girl she considers a
nobody . I found myself relating to this story. All
teenagers will be delighted with this book's wit and
humor. After all, everyone knows a Brinkley!
Reviewer City, State and Country: Panama City,
Florida United States