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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children


Reviewed By: Ofelia F.
By: Ransom Riggs
Rating: It was alright...

When growing up Grandpa Abe would tell Jacob stories of his childhood especially about the peculiar children who were housed in Miss. Peregrine's home. Before his death Grandpa Abe told Jacob to look for the bird at the island that he(Grandpa Abe) grew up in. When Jacob arrives at the island he visits the house were his grandfather and the peculiar children stayed. Soon enough Jacob discovers that his grandfather's stories weren't just fairy tails but real stories that occurred. What if the peculiar children still exist? Will Jacob ever find that bird that his grandfather refers to? This book is one thriller mystery that you have to read.


I would recommend this to: Anyone



Cinder

Cinder


Reviewed By: Ofelia F.
By: Marissa Meyer
Rating: Really liked it

This book is not your classical fairy tail. This book combines a fairy tail with a dystopian and science fiction genre. Cinder is suppose to portray Cinderella who lives with her stepmother and her two stepsisters. However Cinder isn't your typical Cinderella instead she is a cyborg whose a mechanic. Cinder faces many challenges such as her stepmother, the disease that is affecting her whole city and the Lunar Queen who wants to reign Earth. Cinder happens to be the one who can save her city. While working along side with Prince Kai and Dr. Erland, Cinder starts to question her true identity. She doesn't remember her biological parents or the tragic accident that led her to become a cyborg. So what is Cinder's true identity?


I would recommend this to: Teens/Adults



Monday, December 21, 2015

The Red Pyramid

The Red Pyramid


Reviewed By: Aimee E.
By: Rick Riordan
Rating: It was amazing!

Since their mother’s death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane. One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a "research experiment" at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives. Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them--Set--has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe--a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.


I would recommend this to: Anyone who wants to read exciting books about social studies in a fun way! :)



Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Thirteen Reasons Why

Thirteen Reasons Why


Reviewed By: Ofelia F.
By: Jay Asher
Rating: It was amazing!

When Clay receives tapes in the mail, his life is about to change. Now these tapes are no ordinary tapes; these tapes are Hannah's where she explains her thirteen reasons that led to her suicide. When reading this book you won't be able to put it down and at the same time you will feel that you can hear Hannah's own voice talking to you when she explains her thirteen reasons. Also, I have to admit there will be tears, not just tears of sadness but tears of happiness for Clay and Hannah. Honestly the author captivates you with a beautifully written story that will make you see life differently.


I would recommend this to: Anyone, especially all teens.



Monday, December 14, 2015

The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner


Reviewed By: Jessica C.
By: Khaled Hosseini
Rating: Really liked it

The Kite Runner, written by Khaled Hosseini, is a great powerful novel that portrays an emotional relationship between two boys who learn to sacrifice for each other throughout their entire lives. Over time, they start to drift apart- the main character moving to the US and being used to Western culture while his friend stays in the Middle East still used to Afghan traditions. In the end, they meet in Afghanistan and work together in order to provide safety for their new families during times of war (no hope in sight). From birth to death, the two mature into men, overcoming life challenges together in a chaotic world full of jealousy, heartbreak, and greed. Hosseini wrote this story to illustrate part of his own personal background, which related amongst many people living in America now as immigrants from other countries, especially the Middle East. The infamous line of the story (used also in the movie created later on), “For you, a thousand times over,” indicates how sacrifice and honesty can build greater connections with people than any other material-like things within our lives. Throughout much of the story, themes like love, tension, and redemption occur in a repeated pattern to emphasize how each of the characters in the story shift from one characterization to another, often experiencing traumatic moments that are forever embedded within their memories. Due to these symbolic messages that Hosseini mentions often, this story teaches the readers that many challenges can be conquered as long as we persevere and commit to the beliefs that motivate us for the final goal: peace, harmony, and union. Just like how the kite in the story mirrors the character’s fight for freedom and victory, people are able to bring about change for a certain cause as long as they work together to the end.


I would recommend this to: All teen readers



Thursday, December 3, 2015

That Was Then, This is Now

That Was Then, Then is Now


Reviewed By: Sarah M.
By: S.E. Hinton
Rating: It was amazing!

The stories beautifully sad to me and completely realistic. It's about two brothers who are very close and are growing up and as they grow up they start having different ideas and life goals and a result their relationship starts falling apart. It's a brotherhood that just couldn't last forever."that was then, this is now" isn't a hard book, but just, because it isn't it doesn't mean it's a bad story. Personally, I can never get tired of the book and this book is better then some complex books I've read.


I would recommend this to: Brothers



Nectar in a Sieve

Nectar in a Sieve


Reviewed By: Ofelia F.
By: Kamala Markandaya
Rating: Really liked it

This book is told from a women's perspective whose name is Rukumani. She tells us her story that took place during the imperialism of the British in India. Throughout the story you will become aware of the many hardships that Ruku and her family had to endure. This book gives you a message of hope, strength in family and people wanting a change in their lives.


I would recommend this to: Acnyone



Half Blood

Half Blood


Reviewed By: Hayley R.
By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Rating: It was amazing!

Alex has a rough life in the covenant, her mom just got killed by these creatures called Daimons. Will she ever train enough to kill Daimons?


I would recommend this to: Teens/Adults



Monday, November 23, 2015

Cut Both Ways

Cut Both Ways


Reviewed By: Sarah M.
By: Carrie Mesrobian
Rating: It was alright...

I tend to find books that don't end the way I want them to end, but hey that's things in life to you. Not everything ends the way you want it. This story by the name of "Cut Both Ways" Is by a bisexual male whom is dating a girl, but having an affair with one of his best friend's who's a dude. Surely things will go right, right? Nope.


I would recommend this to: Anyone



Cake Pop Crush

Cake Pop Crush


Reviewed By: Aimee E.
By: Suzanne Nelson
Rating: It was amazing!

Alicia’s dad has run 'Say It With Flour', a small bakery with a loyal following, for years. They have to find ways to bring in new customers, especial after Perk Up, a big chain coffee and pastry shop, opens across the street. To make a bad matter worse, Dane, the cute new boy at school is the son of Perk Up’s CEO. She should hate him...but he’s really sort of sweet. How’s a girl supposed to deal? Ali begins to create incredible cake pops using her deceased mom’s cookbook.


I would recommend this to: Anyone who really enjoys romance books :)