Monday, March 30, 2009
This book had a very slow beginning but if you are into these kind of books it picks up after a while. If you don't like to read a big book that doesn't pull you in, then this is not for you. Some parts were confusing but once you read the whole book you get it. Detail I believe is a big thing in this book. This is a good book to read on a bad day, though of course it depends on the person. Fantasy books...you either like them or dislike them.
There were some parts where depends on the maturity of the reader. Also I recommend adult guidance.
Reviewer Age: 16
Reviewer City, State and Country: Northport, NY USA
exposition on cultural tensions in the nineteenth century,
Alligator Bayou traces the journey of a fourteen year old
Sicilian migrant who is thrust into a milieu hostile to his
very existence. The story revolves around Calogero, the
fourteen year old migrant, and the experiences and
occurrences in the racially-charged town of Tallulah,
Louisiana. During the course of the novel, Calogero attempts
to gain new friends, expire racial and cultural boundaries,
secure his budding love with an African-American girl, and
gradually ease into his transposed town. However, despite
these peaceful pastimes, he is also held beholden to the
violence present in Southern towns toward those of varying
heritage. This violence is visible almost immediately after
the exposition, and dramatically conducts the occurrences of
the preponderance of the novel. In the conclusion of the
novel, Calogero is forced to concede the town he has come to
love in spite of its flaws, and seek a destiny discrete.
It is clear from Donna Jo Napoli's prose and style in
Alligator Bayou that she intended to compose a counterpart
or sibling to To Kill a Mockingbird, or even Uncle Tom's
Cabin, in terms of illuminating racial conflicts typically
ignored in the face of larger calamities. All three novels
hold a surprisingly satisfying plot, richly detailed
characters, and a vividly created medium of venue through
which they are transmitted. It is also clear from Alligator
Bayou that Napoli invested a large sum of time in
painstakingly recreating and archiving the cultural syntax
of Sicilians in America. The novel proves both historically
accurate and emotionally subversive. The plot is compiled of
a multiplicity of domains, ranging from romance and drama to
action, allowing access and enjoyment to fans of all genres.
However, as with all novels, Alligator Bayou retains a
number of blemishes which mark the otherwise vibrant taste.
Although slower early on, the novel increases in pace
dramatically toward the end, creating what some readers
might find an uncomfortable channel which prevents the
attainment of full achievement. Although it is possible this
change in pace was intentional, it still serves as a
detraction from the overall gridiron of the story. Likewise,
certain elements of the novel feel half-baked and clunky
toward the end, as if they offer only superfluous enjoyment
and serve no genuine objective in the storyline. Again,
while this may be intentional to result in a more acute
finale and to sharpen the key themes of the novel, it serves
to disenchant the reader. However, while the novel does
preserve some weakness, it offers overall a wholly
gratifying experience for those willing to ignore the grain
and chuff in search of the diamonds at its
Violence, references to lynching may be
inappropriate for younger readers, but overall not a major
Reviewer City, State and
Country: Shrewsbury, MA USA
I hadn't really thought about how the story of a villain would be told, so it was great to read a book about just that. I never expected the tale to be told as it was, especially with how closely intertwined Elspeth's story was with Sleeping Beauty and her parents. There were so many interesting characters; including goblins, elves and other fairy tale creatures that added to the mystique of the story. I was expecting to dislike Elspeth throughout, but it's hard not to feel bad for her. For anyone who has wondered what it takes to become a villain, I would definitely recommend reading this book. It's always interesting to know the other side of a fairy tale, so hopefully there will be more novels like this in thefuture.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Philadelphia,
PA United States
There is nothing to do in Odine, Louisiana, except maybe hang out at the cemetery, listen to ghosts, and cast pretend spells. The summer Iris and and her friend, Collette, turned fourteen, that's just what they do. It's all fun and games until Iris truly sees and hears a "ghost" at the cemetery. After an incident with a Ouija board (witchboard), the ghost reveals himself as Elijah, the boy who mysteriously disappeared several years before Iris was born. With the help of Ben-Colette's latest crush- and Collete, Iris must find out what really happened that night in 1989 and why her dad is so hesitant in shedding some light on the subject. It seems all of Odine wants to forget "The Incident with the Landry Boy", all that is, except Iris and of course Elijah's restless ghost.
Shadowed Summer was a short read and after 3 hours and a severe adrenaline rush, I can only say that this book not only made your skin crawl but was written quite well for a first time thriller writer.
The combination of a ghost story, friendship, and growing up made the story even more unforgettable. The characters were very well developed and there was more background than just the ghost haunts. The end really caught me off guard, I literally yelled, "What!" so loud it scared my poor cat. I even found myself re-reading the end just in case I missed something. (Personally I think the whole reason for Elijah's ghost to go haunting was a bit weird, but that's a physiological thriller for you).
Whew. I'm glad I'm done reading and writing the review for it. (Can you hear my heart beating?) Now I'm off to prepare the final resting place of Shadowed Summer-where else do you hide the boogie monsters?-in the closet. Yeah, people it was that spooky.
Mitchell does in fact have a knack for storytelling, but I don't think I could handle another ghost story. I would not recommend this book to you if you get scared easily or, better yet-to take care of the recommendation-read if you dare.
Reviewer City, State and Country: , NM
Never have I read a book about demons! Erin Lynn wrote her book Speed Demon in a very upbeat, enthusiastic way. Between the interesting story line and the fast-paced dialogue I had a hard time putting this book down. Though I would recommend readers to read the first book of this series before reading Speed Demon due to some confusion at the begining of the book. I would also recommend this book to readers who are bored to read about someone's typical everyday life.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Potomac, Maryland United States of America
Sunday, March 29, 2009
In my opinion, this was a great book, with very few faults. The author was definitely able to bring this book to life as you read it. In the way the author wrote the book, you just had to like both the good and bad guy, which is very unique. Also, this book was very suspenseful. I almost stayed up a whole night trying to finish this. That's how good it was. Another quality of this book is how the author is able to convey the story, even if one had not read the first book in the series. Overall, I thought this was one of my favorite books ever.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Towson, Maryland United States of America
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Happenstance Found is a fantasy/adventure book. The story is well-written and could be read by a range of people. Although the vocabulary is somewhat scholarly, an avid reader may find the word choice too basic. This makes the book a quick read, and it is definitely a worthy one. I commend Catanese for the unique storyline. The main pieces of the story were intense and kept my attention until the next action occurred. I recommend Happenstance Found for any fantasy lover who is between the ages 10-18.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Carlisle, Pennsylvania United States of America
Thursday, March 26, 2009
with the law last winter, his overly-motivated semi-
girlfriend Vicky insists that he begin attending "craves".
These are meetings for the new club modelled after the
popular book The Rule of Won. At first, Caleb embraces
the way and is ready to "imanifest" until his brain falls
out, but before long, the group starts to take on an
almost cult-like appearance and Caleb opts out. This
seemingly harmless idea that you can get whatever you want
by just believing starts a movement that gains popularity
throughout Screech Neck High. It becomes apparent that if
you aren't with the club then you are against it.
Bullying, violence and stealing are just some of the
various tactics these club-members employ to get their
point across and it's time for someone to take a stand.
Stefan Petrucha has a wonderful ability to make the
characters come to life. Caleb, among others, has
wonderful depth and a witty manner that entertained me
throughout this book. Its language also drew me into the
book and allowed me to visualize the various settings. One
of the downfalls of the book is that I am unable to
connect with some of the references to other sources that
are made. Besides this, the book was an enjoyable read
and is suitable for both boys and girls.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Richmond,
Virginia United States of America
This book has an awesome storyline and describes each page with detail. The storyline makes more sense, however if the previous three books are read first. Deathwish also has mature language and some disturbing details and therefore, is more for young adults. The storyline is very captivating overall. Deathwishs' genre is fantasy, mystery, and a bit of horror.
Note: Mature language and some disturbing details.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Colleyville, Texas USA
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
neighbor befriends them both and pulls them together with the mystery of who keeps parking outside his house at odd hours.
What They Always Tell Us is a great book for boys, if a bit ordinary. Wilson really captures relationships between males of all types and ages. James' frustration with his ordinary life portrays any senior's feelings of being stuck in Small town, USA. And Alex's identity crisis could be that of any teenager's. An interesting read for those bored boys out there.
The rate of the book's content is a 3 for its graphic, semi-sexual scenes and mature content.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Penacook, New Hampshire United States of America
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Nation was a brilliant and detailed book which should be an addition to every library. It shows the shock and grief of losing everyone in his life and then the recovery and hope of starting over. The story is a bittersweet one with many good life lessons set into the foundation subliminally. And, despite the beginning of the story, the overall tone is actually joyful and in good spirits most of the time. Because: When much is taken, something is returned.
It is labeled as ages 12 and up, due to religious questioning and the initial subject of losing so many things.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Colleyville, Texas USA
story mainly follows a girl with a unique case of
blindness that just so happens to be a polymath. She gets
in contact with a Japanese researcher that implants a
device in her left eye. Afterwards, she begins to see the
world wide web before she sees the real world. As Sawyer
explains, she sees the internet in its abstract nature,
not how regular people see browsers, websites, and
whatnot. Later, it becomes clear to her that the internet
she encountered was actually a being. The girl teaches
this being how to communicate and eventually finds solace
in its futuristic company. Intermittently dispersed
throughout the novel are sub-plots; the reader understands
the importance of these as the story progresses.
book is surprisingly good. Readers feel sympathy for the
main female protagonist and begin to identify with other
characters. However, there are sexual innuendos scattered
throughout the book that could have been omitted.
Additionally, there are some obscenities in the novel
related to certain characters' diction. If "WWW: Wake"
didn't have such a well-thought out plot, readers would
have had the urge to put it down.
Reviewer City, State and Country:
Staten Island, NY USA
Friday, March 20, 2009
This was an excellent book! Tanya Lee Stone did a great job in her research and interviews for this book. I am so glad that she wrote this book, because I never knew anything about these women who fought to be part of the space project with NASA. This book would be a good source for a book report or research paper for anyone. I would recommend it for ages eleven and up.
Reviewer Age: 14
Reviewer City, State and Country: NM, USA
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
My Brother Abe was a pretty good book, but there were some boring parts. It was a good easy read. If anyone wants a book they could read in an afternoon, I would recommend My Brother Abe. If you aren't at all interested in history, don't read My Brother Abe. If you like historical fiction or enjoy learning about presidents then this book is the right book for you.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Harleysville, PA USA
The Graveyard Book is full of fascinating components and dynamic characters. Neil Gaiman has done it again- another great book full of twists and turns. The people are so realistic and true that one can almost reach out and touch them; the settings make so much sense and give the story an easily identifiable background. Although the tone is dark and the beginning of the book is a bit scary, it just makes the book even better. I would recommend this book for those around the age of 10 because of this.
Attempted murder and advanced views.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Colleyville, Texas USA
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
This graphic novel is illustrated very well, but the actual story was written in a very choppy way. It is a very good book for younger kids who dislike reading, but want some form of entertainment. It was a short read, not much actually happened in this first book. This is good for anyone who likes the Ben Ten TV show and/or movies.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Shippensburg, Pennsylvania USA
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Wow. After reading The Awakening, I was quite pleasantly surprised. The Awakening was even better than The Summoning, the first book in this amazing series. Twilight lovers that would have liked a little more action, or fans of the City of Bones series, would really enjoy The Awakening. It was well written, incredibly suspenseful, and there was never a slow moment. Overall, the plot is excellent and the characters seem like real people. I would definitely recommend The Awakening to anyone interested in a work of fiction with suspense, werewolves, and dynamic, well-thought-out characters. I can't wait for the next installment in this incredible series!
Reviewer City, State and Country: Charleston, SC USA
Saturday, March 14, 2009
I thought this book was pretty good, although sometimes I would get a little confused. My confusion was caused when I didn't know exactly who was talking. I thought it had a good plot, which consisted of twists and turns that the characters had to think a way out of. There were many good qualities to this book, it was very descriptive and it had good dialogue. However, the beginning was a little slow. This is a good book for readers who like fantasy and adventure all in one.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Carlisle, PA United States
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Enter Father Mallory, Nickolai, Jusuf Wahid and Julie Kagura, the team assembled to find out what is going on. Mallory is sent by the Roman Catholic Church and is posing as ex-staff sergeant Fitzpatrick. Nickolai is an alien prince who has super-human strength. Wahid and Kagura both posess exceptional skills with weapons.
This odd team of people will be the universe's only hope to figuring out what is happening on Xi Virginis... and may be the universe's only hope to not cause a full out war.
I thought that the book was all right. I thought that some parts of the book were rather slow while other parts were extremely interesting. I enjoyed the plot line and the diverse characteristics of the characters. However, I thought that the first half of the book was rather confusing because the author had the point of view switch with the characters; that is, the author had each character narrate a chapter or two and then switched narrators, which made it difficult to follow which character was doing what. Overall, I thought that the book was pretty good, but it was confusing during the beginning of the book.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Pottstown, PA United States
I loved this book because it told a good story. It was the best story I've heard in ages. Also, it told her emotions about her problems with Lawson and everything.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Leopold, MO United States of America
Sunday, March 08, 2009
I thought City of Bones was amazing. It truly caught your imagination and was hard to put down. Cassandra Clare used so much description in her words and in the way she betrayed her characters that City of Bones was a very interesting read. I was a little disappointed at the final twist in the story and was able to pick what was going to happen a while before it did. This would definitely be a great book to follow Stephanie Meyers Twilight series, if you are like me and a die hard Edward fan. Overall, City of Bones was an intriguing mix of urban fantasy, witty humor and romance.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Thursday, March 05, 2009
When beginning The Anatomy Of Wings, I thought I was going to love it since the summary made it seem like it was going to be fast paced and I loved the cover. Unfortunately, it was none of those things. The plot moved incredibly slow and sometimes showed little or no relevance to the main plot at hand. Also, the writing was, at times, too descriptive and had little action. For example, there is one time in this book when the author spends around seven pages describing all of Jenny's aunts and uncles who are not part of the story at all! The only part that made this book somewhat decent were the characters. They were well developed and Karen perfectly captured the feeling of their love for and loss of Beth. Though, in all, the cons out weighed the pros. Overall, The Anatomy Of Wings was a big disappointment to me. Even though, I felt that way, I still think Karen has the ability to get better over time and I look forward to possibly reading some of her future books.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Mountain Top, PA 18707
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
You will love Vicki, who is patient and loving. At first she's not too sure about going with her mother, but she soon learns to like the alternative lifestyle. You understand how Vicki feels through all her love difficulties with Terrence--and you find out that not all of the street guys are bad. Even some of the drug dealers aren't such bad guys, except of course for their chosen profession. Vicki's love problems and finding out about the real world will keep you from putting the book down.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Cedar Grove, IN U.S.
Monday, March 02, 2009
This was a book for small children. It would be an excellent bedtime story for a 5 or 6 year old. There are lots of fun characters, and opportunities for funny voices. This is also a good book for a 6 or 7 year old to read "all by myself" and be proud. Having said that, the plot was not very strong, and the entire story was not presented very realistically. I thought many parts of this book did not connect very well. A few examples of this include Luke and Penny not liking Natalie, and Natalie being a spoiled brat. Although they all circled around Natalie's trip from mean to nice, the scenes did not really go together very well. All in all this was a good book, but not worth reading if you are over 9.
Reviewer Age: 12
Reviewer City, State and Country: Exeter, New Hampshire USA
I liked this book but it was not one of the best I have read. The book has some key things I liked and some I didn't. I thought the plot was good and I also really liked the author's ability to make me feel like I was actually looking at the settings. I also liked some of the characters, especially Julian, Danny, Robin, Nancy and Ariel because they seemed like real people. However, Sibley was not the typical uncle to me and he and his wife were way too harsh and evil for real relatives. Also, Bob Elder was nothing like I pictured him. I pictured him a balding sweet professor who loved the outdoors, but Bob was almost as harsh as Sibley and he wasn't anything like I thought he would be. He was critical of Julian and was a pretty mean father towards Robin. I think the author thought she achieved her purpose of writing this book but I didn't really get it. I thought most of the story was pretty powerful and definitely age-appropriate. I think the strengths are that the title is very captivating and the story has a good plot, but there are some parts that don't really work. There are a few parts in the middle of the book were I got really bored and the parts didn't make much sense. I don't read many realistic fiction books and even though most of this book really is fiction it is not the kind I personally read. I don't think this book will be as popular as, say, Twilight or Harry Potter, but it does target people who like to help the Earth because it is really environmentally-themed. I have not read another book by S. Terrell French and for a first book, I thought it was pretty good, although I thought some parts of it were dull. I really think this book needs a prequel, because a lot of the things discussed in the book refer to things that previously happened, and that makes it confusing. I did learn a lot about Redwoods and about old-growth trees and would recommend this book to others because I found it to be very interesting and captivating.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Braintree, Massachusetts United States