Friday, August 1, 2014

Summer Reading 2014: Before I Fall

Before I Fall

Reviewed By: Kate Z.
By: Lauren Oliver
Rating: It was amazing!

This is Lauren Oliver's debut novel and it certainly doesn't disappoint! She shows real potential as she weaves a story about a girl named Sam. Sam is your average popular girl. She and her friends do whatever they want and everyone bows down to them basically. On Cupid Day night, after driving home from a party, they crash and it is uncertain whether Sam is still alive or not. She wakes up the next day except it's actually still Cupid Day. Sam relives that same day for a while, wondering why she has been given this second chance along with the reader. This novel really pulls you in and if you're like me, you probably won't put it down until you're done!

I would recommend this to: Anyone who likes to see people change for the better.

Summer Reading 2014: Champion


Reviewed By: Emily P.
By: Marie Lu
Rating: It was amazing!

Day and June are working with the Republic, leading very comfortable lives. That all comes crashing down when Day gets disappointing news concerning his health and then the Colonies attack. How will these events affect the Republic and Day and June's relationship? Will anything ever be the same?

Great book, I would have rated it "It was amazing" except for the fact that i did not appreciate the ending as much as I hoped I would. However, I would still recommend this book!

I would recommend this to: Anyone who has read the other books in the series.

Summer Reading 2014: Insurgent


Reviewed By: Annissa B.
By: Veronica Roth
Rating: It was amazing!



Summer Reading 2014: Divergent


Reviewed By: Annissa B.
By: Veronica Roth
Rating: It was amazing!

I would recommend this to: Anyone who likes action.

Summer Reading 2014: If I Stay

If I Stay

Reviewed By: Sara C.
By: Gayle Forman
Rating: It was amazing

A heartfelt story about a young girl who lost her family in a car accident and is now laying on a hospital bed barely clinging on to life. She struggles with the decision if she should stay (without her parents and brother) or leave this world to be with them. I personally love this book because what if we do have the choice to stay or go? Are we even brave enough to chose?

I would recommend this to: Everyone.

Summer Reading 2014: The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter

Reviewed by: Ravi K..
By: Nathaniel Hawthorne
Rating: Really liked it

This novel tells the story of Hester Prynne in early 17th century Boston. She struggles to restart her life after an adulterous affair leaves an unforgettable "scarlet letter" on her life. She faces many challenges and attempts until finally, her secret is revealed to the whole town. Read this book to find out what her secret is, and just how the town finds out.

I would recommend this to: People who like mystery mixed in with a little love story.

Summer Reading 2014: The Vanishing Thieves

The Vanishing Thieves

Reviewed By: Gurbinder K.
By: Franklin W. Dixon
Rating: It was alright

This story was great. It really makes you think of whats going to happen in the next chapter.It was very discriptive and unprodictuble. The book shows how the Hardy families relationship was strenghthened as the story went on. The two brothers needed each other to live and cath the hostages the thieves had captured.In the end it was amazing.

I would recommend this to: I would recomend this to mystery lovers.

Summer Reading 2014: Redeeming Love

Redeeming Love

Reviewed By: Esther W.
By: Francine Rivers
Rating: It was alright

In the riveting story about true love and redemption, Francine Rivers weaves together the story about Angel, who was sold into prostitution at a young age and has lost everything about her identity down to her very name to men who want nothing more than to sleep with her.Guarding herself, she builds walls, expecting only to be hurt by these men. Until one day, a man named Hosea falls in love with her, but not like the other men. He loves her for nothing else than who she truly is, looking past the identity both the men and herself has given to her as a prostitute, but as someone beautiful both inside and out. I wept. This book made me wept. Not just at the end, but the middle and even the very beginning. Full. on. weeping. This book showed a love unlike any other. Minor spoiler alert: This book got a little tiring at one point, because Hosea would never give up on her, no matter what happened. He loved her despite her past. She slept with her father, could never have children (a dream Michael Hosea always wanted), and slept even with his brother. Yet, he gave his full love, continuously, every moment.

I would recommend this to: It's based on the Biblical story of Hosea, but nevertheless a great read for all.

Summer Reading 2014: Prodigy


Reviewed By: Emily P.
By: Marie Lu
Rating: It was amazing!

Day and June have escaped together and are on the run. They turn to the Patriots as they fight against the Republic. What do they do for the Patriots and what unexpected event takes place?

Great book that keeps the series going in an interesting way. I appreciate the way that Marie Lu writes and the original plot.

I would recommend this to: Those who have read Legend.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Summer Reading 2014: The Epic of Gilgamesh

The Epic of Gilgamesh

Reviewed By: Ravi K.
By: Penguin Classics (author Unknown)
Rating: Really liked it.

The first book to ever be written (1st one found, anyways). It was amazing! Although it's very basic, the story is based off of Gilgamesh and his best friend Enkidu who become inseparable until death. This poem describes their adventures and shows the strength of their relationship.

I would recommend this to: People who'll read anything! I'm sure you won't be disappointed by this short read.