Thursday, August 14, 2014

Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska


Reviewed By: Ravi K.
By: John Greene
Rating: It was amazing!

This book is about a teen who moves to a charter school to look for his Great Perhaps. He encounters an experience like no other - rivalries, pranks, breaking school rules - especially one he'll regret for the rest of his life. Read this book to find out how breaking one rule - even for a good reason - changed his life forever.


I would recommend this to: People who love real-life teen experiences.



How I got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love

How I got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love


Reviewed By: Morgan H.
By: Ken Baker
Rating: Really liked it!

Really inspiring! Protagonist is very realistic and hilarious.


I would recommend this to: Everyone, but especially girls struggling with their weight or other self esteem issues.



The Winter Horses

The Winter Horses


Reviewed By: Avery W.
By: Phillip Kerr
Rating: It was amazing!

Kalinka is a Jewish girl from Ukraine who is trying to flee the Nazis who killed her family. Temujin and Borte are very rare Przewalski's horses, who also must escape the German army or be killed. Together, horses and girl, along with a loyal wolfhound, must cross the harsh Ukranian steppes to safety before they are caught by the Nazis. "The Winter Horses" combines World War II and horses, two things I find very interesting. The story was really fascinating. I found on multiple occasions that I couldn't put the book down. My only complaint is that the Przewalski's horses seemed far too intelligent than would be considered normal for any horse, even this amazingly cunning breed. I was very skeptical about what these horses could accomplish at times. The supreme storytelling in the other areas of the book did make up for this, though, along the fact that two things I really like reading about were both featured equally in this book. In my opinion this definitely a recommended read.


I would recommend this to: People who like WWII historical fiction and/or horses.



Uglies

Uglies



Reviewed By: Emily P.
By: Scott Westerfield
Rating: It was amazing

Tally can't wait to turn 16 so she can get the operation to be a pretty. Then she meets Shay who doesn't want to become pretty and Tally can't understand why. Shay runs away so that she doesn't have to become pretty and the authorities say that Tally has to help them find Shay or be ugly forever. Great book! Such an interesting and original plot. I loved the characters, the futuristic ideas, the setting, everything!


I would recommend this to: Teen girls or boys. Could be enlightening for boys.

If I Stay

If I Stay



Reviewed By: Ofelia F.
By: Gayle Forman
Rating: It was amazing

If I Stay is an emotionally gripping story with a tradegy. Mia, a 17-year old girl had a normal life like any other teenage girl,a boyfriend and her best friend who was always by her side. She was gifted with a talent to play the cello, and had hopes of going to Julliard after high school. However, her world falls apart on a winter day when her and her family decide to visit a family friend, but get in tragic accident. Mia has lost her family and is now suffering in serious conditions. She realizes that she has the choice to live or die and be with her family. Will Mia stay...or should she go?


I would recommend this to: Anybody who wants to enjoy an amazing book for the summer.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Summer Reading 2014: Spies and Prejudice

Spies and Prejudice



Reviewed By: Bianca P.
By: Talia Vance
Rating: It was amazing!

A teenage girl works for her father scooping up all the dirt from married men's second life. Her best friend is a big help building secret gadgets to help with investigations. Once two handsom boys come in to town the best friend hits it off immediately with one of them but the main character can't stand them. In this intense page turning book love could be the cause of ignorance. You will want to finish the book in one day because you can't put it down!


I would recommend this to: For the reader who enjoys action and romance

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

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

Divergent



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

THIS BOOK IS NOT ONE OF MY FAVORITES BY VERONICA ROTH, BUT IT WAS AN AMAZING BOOK...B BY FAR ONE OF MY FAVORITES.

I would recommend this to: BOYS AND GIRLS, ACTION AND MYSTERY LOVERS.

Summer Reading 2014: Divergent

Divergent



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

I would recommend this to: Anyone who likes action.