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This book is the fourth book in the Iron Fey series. The series is about fairies who survive off human imagination. Without human imagination, the fairies would die. There are two main types of fairies. There are the summer and the winter. There is a new type of fairy that comes in between the two courts. It is called the Iron. The summer and winter cannot touch the iron or they will die of burns. There is one fairy who is half-human who can.
In the first three, the half-human (Meaghan Chase) fights the Iron kingdom. She became queen, but has a winter prince who has fallen in love with her and wants to be with her.
In the Iron Knight, the prince fights to the end of the world to gain a soul to be with his love. I will not tell you the ending, but it is completely worth the reading of all 4 books.
The Fault in our Stars is amazing! It touches your heart and gives it a twist! Some parts are so touching you may even cry. Fighting cancer can be tough, but when it's when someone you love it seems even harder.
The Hunger Games trilogy was a fascinating read. I would only recommend it to young adults in middle school and onward. The subject material of the book is hard for some people to read because it is kids killing other kids. It does get very graphic at times. These books are about a new government and civilization called Panem that replaced North America. There used to be thirteen districts but now there is only twelve. There is much conspiracy thoughts about district thirteen. Besides the thirteen districts there is one Capitol. The people in the districts have to work so the people in the Capitol can do as they please. The Capitol holds the Hunger Games every year. A boy and a girl are picked from each district to fight in an area until only one is standing. Some of the districts like one and two have more technology than other districts like eleven and twelve. Many times the kids from district one or two win. This year anyone can win. Katniss is the chosen girl for district twelve. She volunteers to go because her sister was picked initially. Katniss not only tries to win the Hunger Games but she tries to win against the government and causes many problems. It is not a very hard book to read but it does parallel the ancient city of Rome. Again, I would recommend this to anyone looking for some good books to read.
When first starting the Great Gatsby, one may find it confusing and hazy. Once you read past the first chapter or two the plot becomes more clear and defined. The main character is Nick who has recently moved to the New York island of West Egg. He finds that many people who live on both West and East Egg are enchanted by the man named Gatsby. He is a mysterious man who lives in a mansion next to Nick.
He happens to be fabulously wealthy and throws extravagant parties on the weekends that can end in either the destruction of property or live-in party-goers. The story really heats up when Nick discovers that Gatsby had a previous relationship with his wealthy cousin, Daisy, who lives across the river in East Egg. Not only did they have a previous relationship, but Nick learns that Gatsby wants him to arrange himself and Daisy to meet again. However, this raises concerns for Nick because Daisy is married to Tom Buchanan and they have a young daughter. Another important point in the story is the fact that both Tom and Daisy are unfaithful to each other, Daisy with Jay Gatsby, and Tom with Myrtle Wilson.
The boiling point of the story is when Tom and Gatsby have a fight and then everyone leaves the hotel. On the way back an accident happens involving Myrtle Wilson which leads to the ultimate demise of Gatsby.
Rosalind, Skye, Jane, and Batty are back! In the sequel to The Penderwicks, the four sisters must once again join together to come up with a plan to save their father. After their aunt steps forward with a letter their mother wrote before she died four years earlier, saying that she wanted her husband to date again after she was gone, Mr. Penderwick has to go on at least four blind dates, much to the dismay of the whole family. Threatened by the horrifying prospect of having a stepmother, the four sisters come up with the Save-Daddy plan. They try to find as many horrible women as possible to date their father, thinking that he will never date again after such awful experiences. But things get out of hand when Skye and Jane switch homework assignments, and their father starts seeing the mysterious Marianne Dashwood. Soon, all four sisters are stuck inside a web of deceit that they may not be able to get out of. From brawls on the soccer field to plays about the Aztecs to astrophysics research thieves, Jeanne Birdsall’s comic tale will keep you entertained!
Enter the fun and entertaining world of the Penderwicks, four completely different yet close-knit sisters, their absent-minded yet understanding father, and their loveable dog Hound, during their summer vacation. After the landlord sells their beloved vacation house in Cape Cod, the Penderwicks are forced to settle for Arundel Cottage in the Berkshire Mountains. But by the first day at Arundel, their summer quickly turns into an exciting adventure, as they discover that their cottage is in the backyard of a mansion, Arundel Hall, with the largest gardens they’ve ever seen. Later, they meet Mrs. Tifton, the snooty owner of Arundel Hall, who dislikes both dogs and children, Cagney, the cute gardener with an obsession with the Civil War, and Jeffrey, Mrs. Tifton’s son, who becomes the sisters’ best friend. But after attending a disastrous dinner party, the Penderwicks discover that Mrs. Tifton and her fiancée, the disgusting Dexter Dupree, are planning on sending Jeffrey off to military school, disregarding his dream of being a musician. Can the Penderwicks save their new friend from such an awful fate? With two mischievous rabbits, an upcoming gardening contest, an angry bull and a whole lot of brownies, Jeanne Birdsall weaves an amusing story about an unforgettable summer.
The day begins like any other. Dean's bus ride to school is uneventful until impossibly large hailstones start falling from the sky, destroying cars and causing the bus to crash. The students on the bus are saved by another bus, and find shelter from the hail in a Greenway superstore (the equivalent of a Walmart). When Mrs. Wooly, the only adult, doesn't return from seeking help, things start to get ugly. The group – six high schoolers, two eighth graders, and six children – finally catches a television signal that explains how a huge volcanic eruption triggered a tsunami that wiped out the east coast of the United States. Then a massive earthquake hits Colorado – and shortly after, the kids hear that the earthquake destroyed NORAD, causing radiation to leak. Panicked and terrified, the children make the store home. Within the confines of the superstore, they wait. They fight. They struggle to survive.
Monument 14 was one of the best books I've read in a long time. If you like the dystopian genre of books (Hunger Games series, Uglies series, Matched series, Maze Runner series, ect.), you will love this book. It keeps you hooked with every word. The only part I was disappointed with was the ending, but there's a second book coming out! This book is totally worth reading.
"Since the dawn of time one question has dominated all others: Zombies or Unicorns?"
Zombies vs Unicorns is a book filled with several short stories written by some of the best young adult authors. Six Unicorn stories and six Zombie stories. Each author tries to prove why their side is better. Throughout the book Zombie lead Justine Larbalester and Unicorn leader Holly Black debate the pros and cons of each mythical creater. Justine sees the Unicorns as frilly little girl creatures while Holly sees the Zombies as gruesome flesh eating monsters.
Carrie Ryan writes a tragic story of a young girl whose mother was killed by a group of zombies and has to live with a ruthless father. From Diana Peterfreund we read about a different side of the unicorns. We read of a killer unicorn who can only be controlled by a young girl named Wen.
Personally my favorite story is by Maureen Johnson. In her story a teenager who was abandoned in England by her boyfriend has to find a job. If she wants to get back to America she needs to get a job so she can buy a plane ticket. She ends up being a sort of nanny to an actresses group of children. These children aren't ordinary though. They are zombies.
I definitely recommend this book if you are into fantasy. It's a perfect, simple read for the long summer days. So, whose side are you on? Zombies or Unicorns? Choose wisely.
Mclean Sweet is a seventeen-year-old who has been on the go for two years now. Her father’s job as a consultant in the restaurant industry requires them to move around, and Mclean has forgotten what it’s like to have a real home. She blames her mother for her parents’ divorce, and constantly avoids all her mom’s efforts to get close to her. In each town she moves to, Mclean creates a new name and a new personality for herself: Eliza, the cheerleader, Lizbet the drama queen, Beth the student council representative. But when she and her father move to Lakeview, Mclean finds herself giving out her real name, and making friends that she actually likes. Nothing seems to be following her set pattern anymore, and even her father seems to be changing as well. In What Happened to Goodbye, Sarah Dessen creates a touching story about family, believing in love, and the true meaning of home.
Paper Towns wasn’t anything I expected. It’s a coming-of-age story, but with a little romance in it, with a bit of adventure and friendship. The story starts with Quentin, who lives next door to Margo. Margo takes Quentin — who has been in love with Margo forever — on a journey he’ll never forget, before she disappears. Quentin hears that Margo has always left clues whenever she left in the past, so he takes it upon himself to follow the clues and find her.
I loved how this book was about searching — not only searching for Margo, but searching to figure out who you are, searching for friendship, and searching to find out what matters. The book isn’t written in some philosophical way, but in a nerdy, hilarious boy-way. The dialogue was great, and the characters were memorable. Any reader can connect to this book.
I don’t want to ruin it for future readers, but I liked how Green didn’t write a story to just satisfy, but one that was more similar to everyday life. Not everything is easy and I loved how Green can write such an appealing novel about such hard topics. Paper Towns was one of the first John Green books I read, and it was definitely not the last.
When seventeen year old Clary Fray heads out to her favorite club in New York City, she gets a nasty shock. She seems to be the sole witness to a murder, and not only that, nobody else seems to see the murders. They are the Shadowhunters, people whose job is to rid the earth of the horrible monsters known as demons. This is also Clary's first encounter with sexy Jace Wayland. In mere hours after this encounter, Clary discovers that her mother has been kidnapped and she is attacked by a demon. With that she is pulled into Jace's world, thirsting for revenge and wanting more than anything to find her mother. But will she have what it takes to survive the encounter? That is a question only Clary herself can answer.
This is a brand new phenomon in the making. With its twist of humor in this dark and sexy tale, it definitely is worth anyone's time to read. Full of suspense, drama, and action, this tale of love and secrets is bound to make anyone hungry for more
This tale takes place in the Empire of the Celestial Dragons, a place where twelve ancient dragons control the land, along with their Dragoneyes, certain men who are chosen by the dragon itself to control the dragons power. The biggest rule in the land is this: a Dragoneye can never be a woman. In this land is a boy named Eon, a crippled boy who is in training to hopefully be picked as the next Dragoneye apprentice. Little does everyone know, Eon is actually Eona, a sixteen year old girl who just wants a good life. With her deadly lie to protect, Eona finds herself caught in political affairs and a devastating plot that threatens the entire land.
Eon is full of action, suspense, and secrets revealed: perfect for the avid reader. It is a phenomenon, so full of beuaty and humor that I can barely describe! Charming and truly unique, Eon is a book that will have readers bouncing in their seats for the sequel!!
The Empire of Celestial Dragons is being torn apart by the twelve dragons, who are still mourning the loss of their Dragoneyes, murdered by Lord Ido. And even worse: Lady Eona cannot even control her new found power. With Kygo still missing, the resitance to Sethon isn't well. This new installment by Goodman is full of romance. Love will be found and lost, desire will be fulfilled and broken, and war is near. One thing is very certain: the thousand years of peace in the land are over.
This is an extraordinary tale full of love and suspense. With an unexpected love triangle in the making, you will see things you never imagined possible in this wonderful world that Goodman has created. Eona is definitely a worthy endig to a thrilling tale.
The Son of Neptune is the second book in the Heroes of Olympus series, which is a sequel to the Percy Jackson series. This book doesn't only include Greek mythology but it also incorporates Roman mythology. The book is mainly about Percy getting his memory back. It is also about Percy Frank and Hazel trying to stop the children of Gaea (Roman god of the Earth) from destroying half-blood camps, the gods and eventually the whole world.
Hazel Grace Lancaster is your normal 16 year old teenager. The only thing different about Hazel is that she has cancer which she has had for three years now. It is necessary for her to take special medication and carry around an oxygen tank simply because her lungs sucked at being lungs. Her mom makes her attend a cancer support group where kids with all forms of cancer get together and discuss what it’s like to have cancer. Hazel hates going to these meetings. She hates listening to other kid’s stories about their battles. Hazel would rather be home watching marathons of Americas Next Top Model. One Wednesday, Hazel met Augustus Waters. She had been getting a cookie and some lemonade when she turned around and saw a boy staring at her. The hour continues with stories of battles lost and won, tears shed and comfort offered. After support group, Augustus persuades Hazel to come to his house to watch a movie. Hazel and Augustus instantly become friends. They start spending every moment they can with each other watching movies, playing video games, and hanging out just in general. Somewhere along the way, this friendship becomes something more and things start changing. This book is all about making friends, finding love, and dealing with hurt and death. It is a beautifully written book that will make you laugh and cry. Its characters are seemingly real; acting like you would expect any teenager to. This is Johns fifth and newest book, and in my opinion, his best.
Colin Singleton is a child prodigy. He started reading when he was three and could anagram almost any word. Colin even knew several different languages. When Colin was in the third grade, he met his first girlfriend, Katherine number one, who broke up with him after five minutes of dating.
Recently dumped by Katherine number nineteen, Colin’s eccentric but lazy friend, Hassan, decides that they need to on a road trip to take Colin’s mind off of things. Everywhere he goes though Colin is reminded of Katherine and the times they spent together. As we go through the book, we find out about the other Katherine’s that Colin has dated, and just how much he misses them when they break up with him. Yes, they always dump him. Ever since the first Katherine, he has always been the “dumpee”.
While on this road trip, Colin tries to think up a mathematical way to explain who will be the dumper, and who will be the dumpee. Colin and Hassan also find themselves a job. But more importantly, Colin finds love.
John Green is an amazing author who knows how to make you laugh. His books are always so relatable. An Abundance of Katherine’s was the first John Green book I read, why not make it your first too?
The Angel Experiment is the first book in a James Patterson series, Maximum Ride. It follows Max, a young girl, 14 years of age, who is in charge of what she calls “The Flock”. The Flock is her family. It consists of Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman, and Angel.
The Flock isn’t really Max’s family. You see, Max and the others were all raised in a lab called The School. They were brought up by scientists in white coats who performed horrible tests on them. They kept them all in cages that were really meant to hold dogs. The white coats implanted wings into them, making them mutants. There was a nice white coat though, who saved Max and her flock. He brought them to a safe place where the scientists could no longer harm them.
That nice white coat is gone now, and they are all left on their own. They have to fend for themselves. Max, being the oldest, acts as a parent to them. She cares for them and plays with them.
One day though, Angel, the youngest, gets taken away by a breed of mutants the scientists made. Max couldn’t stop them, and they had to all leave their safe home to return to The School to save Angel.
The Flock faces many challenging tasks on their way to The School. Some of which bring them together, while others draw them more apart.
Will they come together as a family though to save Angel? Read Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment to find out.
The Lightning Thief is the first book in the Percy Jackson series. The book combines real life and Greek mythology; the 12 olympian gods, Medusa, the underworld etc. This book is a great book if you love suspense and getting surprised as well as mythology. The book didn't do at all what thought it would do. The author gets you to believe something will happen but something different happens. I give this book a 4.5 out of 5.
The son of Neptune is the second book in the Heroes of Olympus series, which is a sequel to the Percy Jackson series. This book doesn't only include Greek mythology but it also incorporates Roman mythology. The book is mainly about Percy getting his memory back. It is also about Percy, Frank and Hazel trying to stop the children of Gaea (roman god of the earth) from destroying half-blood camps, the gods and eventually the whole world!
When Veronica Miller, a seventeen-year-old fiery teen, is forced to leave her beloved New York City for a summer in a small town in North Carolina with her dad, she can think of no greater torture. Along with that she hasn't spoken to her dad since he had left Ronnie and her little brother when she was twelve. But romance turns out to be just around the next sand dune. When she meets Will Blakelee, she finds everything she wants. Disaster will strike her, and Ronnie will need him to get through it. One thing is certain: this is one summer she won't soon forget.
In this romantic tale, true love is discovered and kept, and all readers can relate to the beautiful tale. Love is in the air, just as surely as sand is on the beach. This is definitely a book that everybody will love.
The date for Bella's transformation into a vampire has been set. But unforeseen developments occur for her and her love, Edward Cullen. A marriage, honeymoon, and birth give them difficulties. But even as that commotion fades, a new deadly plot is put into action. In this epic end to this seductive tale, Breaking Dawn is a book all teens should read.
Breaking Dawn is the most seductive, and thrilling book of the century. It is a book that weaves suspense, love, and mystery into a must read for every teen in the world.
In this installment of the worldwide phenomenon, Bella Swan has been reunited with her true love, Edward Cullen. But now she must decide between her Edward, and her best friend Jacob Black, all the time knowing that her decision could ignite war between the Cullens and Jacob's pack.
This is a thrilling tale, full of romance and suspense. While you never know which way she will go, the audience can get divided. But in the end, everyone will be on the same page. Only an author with pure skill could make it so everyone is satisfied. This is the best book yet!
This is an awesome book, and full of romance. Bella Swan getting ever more serious with her boyfriend Edward Cullen. However, when Edward leaves Bella in an attempt to save her from what he is, she falls into despair. The only comfort she has is her best friend Jacob Black. She discovers that Jacob has a secret that neither of them saw coming. But even Jacob can't heal her heart completely. In the end, though, true love prevails.
When seventeen-year-old Bella Swan moves away form her newly wed mother in sunny Phoenix to her single father in a small dreary town called Forks, she is completely miserable. However, when she gets there, she meets the intriguing and handsome Edward Cullen. Him and the rest of his family are pale and beautiful. As she gets to know him, he seems even more strange. Bella knows Edward is hiding something... but can she ever figure it out?
The Ministry of Magic has succumbed to Lord Voldemort. With Dumbledore dead, it seems like there is no one able to stop him except for the famous Harry Potter. However, now he is Undesirable Number 1, wanted by the Ministry and Death Eaters. Harry, Ron, and Hermione have set out on their dangerous mission to find and destroy all of Lord Voldemort's Horcruxes. Though as time goes on, challenges threaten to tear the friends apart, and then it leads to the epic fight of good versus evil. Harry still searches for answers, and when they are found, it will take everything Harry has to face them.
In this heroic conclusion to a worldwide phenomenon, adventure is always around the corner and is a must read for anyone and everyone.
In this marvelous tale, Lord Voldemort is gaining power. Harry Potter is no longer shamed, and the Ministry of Magic has admitted the truth: Lord Voldemort has returned. Professor Dumbledore has taken Harry aside so that he can help him unlock Voldemort's secrets. Nonetheless, romance blossoms for Harry, Ron, and Hermione. But in the midst of all of this, tragedy will strike and Hogwarts will never be the same.
This book is full of action, love, and mystery. Everyone needs to read what could be J.k. Rowling's best work yet.
The wizard world is in a panic. The Ministry of Magic refuses to acknowledge Lord Voldemort's return, and they are using all of their power to ruin anyone who says so, Harry Potter included. Not only that, but when Harry saves his obnoxious cousin Dudley from an evil dementor, he has to answer to the Ministry. In the midst of all of this catastrophe, Harry finds comfort in his friends. But when an evil teacher comes in from the Ministry, she starts to make drastic changes. Along with that, Harry keeps having strange dreams, and he fears the worst is happening....
In this epic tale, questions will be answered and raised, and Harry's destiny will finally become clear.
Harry Potter is looking forward to his fourth year at Hogwarts. He expects to finally have some peace and normality this year. Plus, there is supposed to be a surprise this year, the Tri-Wizard Tournament. However, Harry will never get the peace and quiet he craves. When someone somehow puts his name into the Tri-Wizard tournament, every one suspects that it was Harry himself. With dragons, merepeople, a strange maze, and a new teacher, Harry has many challenges to face.In the midst of all of this, a deadly plot is brewing, and Harry can do nothing to stop it.
As soon as Harry Potter returns to the Dursley's, he wishes he hadn't. They are as vicious as ever, and all he can do is to count the days until he goes back to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. However, just when he is about to return, a strange creature appears in his midst, and it brings a grave warning. Harry Potter must not return to Hogwarts. With the warning ringing in his ears, Harry wonders if the creature was right.
Terrible things start happening at Hogwarts. People mysteriously frozen in the corridors, and horrible warnings written on the walls, and the worst part of this catastrophe is everyone thinks Harry Potter is behind it.
Since its creation, the worst prison in the entire wizard world has been Azkaban. Surrounded by evil creatures called dementors, who act as the inmate's guards, the prison is nearly inescapable. One of the most dangerous prisoners is Sirius Black, convicted of killing thirteen people with one curse. He is considered to be the most loyal servant of his dark master, Lord Voldemort. Now he has escaped, and Hogwarts is his number one destination, so he can avenge his master's downfall with the one's who caused it, Harry Potter.
Harry Potter is no longer safe anywhere, even his magical school. He also has to deal with a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, who is harboring his own dark secret. In this thrilling book, twists and adventure are guaranteed.
Harry Potter has a miserable life. He has no parents, and is forced to live with the Dursley's. His vicious aunt and uncle, and their dim-witted son Dudley, seem to live for his despair. However, one day mysterious letters start appearing on the Dursley's doorstep, with Harry's name on them. With the appearance of an odd stranger, an entirely new world is opened to Harry, but in that world he finds a destiny that he doesn't understand, nor want. One thing is clear though, nothing will ever be the same again.
Breaking Dawn is a really awesome book! It is a book you will want to read over and over again. Breaking Dawn is so awesome that I have read it seven times and still love it. It is a book you will definitely want to read.
Twilight was one of the best books I have ever read! No matter what I did I always seemed to be reading it. The best part about this book is that you never get tired of reading it. I have read Twilight six times and still love it! This is one book that you want to read.
New Moon is the second book in the Twilight Saga, and by far the worst of the 4. However, it is still a great book! Its just the fact that the book goes at a slow pace, and its mostly about Bella being depressed and sad about Edward leaving. She starts to get over her depression, by doing stupid things so she can "hear" Edwards voice and "see" his appearance.
WHAT I LIKED ABOUT NEW MOOON:
1.)the story keept on going, (Laurant and Victoria were mentioned and Laurant actually appeared.)
2.)With Bella meeting Jacob (a werewolf) the story line gets more intense and dramatic.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE ABOUT NEW MOON:
1.) Bella ONLY started hanging out with Jake (Jacob) because she wanted to "see and hear" Edward.
2.) Bella forgave Edward way to easily for leaving her.
3.) The Voultori
I recently began re-reading the Twilight Saga. I hardly ever reread books, however, if the series is abosolutly great I do take time to read them again. The first book in the Twilight Saga is, well, Twilight. This book starts off a little slow at first, but when you finally get in to it you have a hard time stopping. This book, however, is not the best of the Series, but it is crucial that you read them in order. The book combines Fantasy and Reality all in to one. However, in the Twilight Saga, she doesn't use most of the Vampire stereotypes. If you like this series I would recommend The House Of Night by P.C Cast.
- The House of Night
The strong and fierce Rose Hathaway must go and keep her promise to her one true love Dimitri, who is now a fierce and evil vampire. She leaves the Vampire Academy and her best friend behind. When she finally tracks him down she can't leave him. Rose must make the decision to spend eternity with her true love or kill him for the monster that he was transformed into like she promised.
This book is hard to put it down because it keeps you wanting to know what thrill will come next. If you enjoy romance, action, friendship, and adventure then this will be one spectacular read.
This is a great twist of romance, medieval and magic. I really love it!
I have recently just read the book Catching Fire, the second installment of the Hunger Games trilogy. Is this book better than the first?
Taking place after the Hunger Games, Katniss is alive and temporarily safe. However, the Capitol is conspiring against her and her family, and it is up to Katniss to make sure her loved ones and herself stay alive.
This piece of work is well-paced and you will rarely get bored. Sometimes it feels like unnecessary information is placed in the story to make the book longer. The characters are much better this time around. We get new cast members and more relatable characters, and it is very refreshing. Since people aren't trying to *constantly* kill each other, this gives the story more time to flesh characters out. Unfortunately, Katniss hasn't changed much. Sure, she gets nightmares about her time in the Hunger Games, but her character is surprisingly unscathed. She doesn't experience much character development, which I found rather disappointing, but she gets by. The love-triangle continues in this book, and it made me groan. The "should I pick this guy or this guy" gambit gets played way too often, and readers might find themselves just begging her to pick already. It would save the characters (those poor love triangle boys) a lot of pain. This book is just as fun as the previous, and equally as good. If you liked the first Hunger Games, you'll like this one as well!
The Hunger Games is probably the new Twilight in terms of popularity. Not only has it sold millions of copies, it has its own movie coming out soon. If some are debating if its worth the read, then check this review out!
Set in a dystopian society where young adults are forced to fight in an arena to the death in an event called the Hunger Games, this is a story about Katniss, a cold, strong-willed girl who takes part in the Hunger Games to save her sister from participating in them. The first novel follows her efforts to win at all costs.
This is an action-packed, incredibly fun page-turner. The adventure and the plot are all exhilarating. It even has romance, which, unfortunately is a double-edged sword. The romance is around a love triangle between Katniss, her best friend, and a Hunger Games participant Peeta. Unfortunately, Collins does a rather poor job of creating romantic tension between characters. Katniss can't seem to make up her mind who to choose, basically favoring whoever is touching her at the moment, and her romantic reactions aren't believable. Hopefully the romance will be touched up in the second book, although non-romance connoisseurs won't mind care either way.
All in all, give this book a try! It's the most fun I've read in a while, and you'll probably enjoy it enough to read the next one.
Coraline is that rare book that manages to enchant you while thoroughly chilling your bones at the same time. If you are in the mood for the spooks, pick up this book. It might do the job.
Coraline is a story about a little girl who has recently moved into a new flat. Her neighbors are odd and the place in general is odd. Before long she begins to explore, and finds a door to a flat that looks just like her own.
Only it's not.
PLOT: I keep on wanting to call this story "delightfully twisted", and I think I can't find a better way to describe the plot. It's delightfully twisted in every way. The new world that Coraline discovers seems at first a wonderful place, but under observation it slowly becomes creepier and creepier. The plot unravels in lovely twists and bends, but you never get confused or lost. The plot isn't complicated, but it's filled with such wonderful presents of charm and horror that you won't care. For horror fans, you won't find the grotesque and bloody here, but well-executed and suspenseful moments that give you chills.
Coraline is a believable little girl. Her actions and decisions are exactly what a lass her age would do and you love her for it. The characters existing in The Other Flat are creepy and unique. You will want to keep turning the page to discover them all. Whether it is a woman with buttons for eyes, or a crazy ringmaster, you'll adore them, hate them, or be terrified of them.
If you liked Diary of a Wimpy Kid, then The Accidental Genius of Weasel High is probably for you. This new graphic novel, in fact, doesn't even bother to hide that it has been influenced by Wimpy Kid. I think it even says it was inspired by Wimpy Kid on the cover. Still, if you like graphic novels, don't care for originality, and you like a cheap laugh, then this book might be just what you were looking for.
Genius is about a boy named Larkin, who longs to be a movie director, but doesn't have enough money to afford a movie camera. His dad won't give him the money, so he has to figure out a way to get the cash himself. As they say, hilarity ensues.
As the pubescent version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Genius focuses less on plot than it does gags and jokes. This works. You'll be reading this for the humor, and the graphic novel throws a lot of it at you. The plot is there, but it only strong enough to propel Larkin to his next adventure. You won't be inspired, but you'll be laughing – mostly. The jokes are hit-or-miss and a lot of it is slapstick. It is funny though, and the art is cute, so I enjoyed it, even if some of the jokes were deflated airbags.
Larkin isn't too relate-able or likable, but he is more so than Gregory from Wimpy Kid. Characters are often stereotypes inflated to be as crazy as possible. Larkin has a crush on a girl, and their friendship is charming and fun to read. Again, originality is not the focus here, but the attempt to make you laugh is.
If the adorable title didn't seduce you into reading this book, then allow me to coax you into giving it a try. This is a romance story that doesn't take itself too seriously, but still has believable characters and a cute plot. The Great Gatsby this is not, but you aren't looking for Gatsby, are you?
Scrambled Eggs is about a girl who travels around the country with her mother, who works at renaissance fairs. It's also about a boy who works at his dad's camp, helping kids lose weight and finding Jesus. Both of them are feeling cramped and tired of their life-styles, and when they meet they find an immediate connection. What follows is a charming romance story that is refreshing and charming without being too cliché or too out there.
PLOT: Romance novels are almost exclusively character-oriented, and Scrambled Eggs is no exception. The plot is simple, but well-thought out. The twists that exist aren't too predictable, either. The situations that bring about the plot are fun and original, so you won't be thinking ah, I've read this plot before. And even if you have, you won't care because the story is just so darn cute. If you are male, I doubt you'll be having much fun here. But as a female I had the romantic time of my life.
The setting of this story is Panem. There are 12 districts in Panem, (there used to be 13,but the capitol blew that district up). In district 12, there lives adventurous Katniss Everdeen. (This book is from her point of view.) Katniss lives with her mother and her litte sister, Prim. The Capitol, the big government, holds the annual "Hunger Games". They force each district to send 1 boy and 1 girl between the ages of 13 to 18 to compete in the Hunger Games. (The Hunger Games is a fight to the death type thing.) Katniss is picked to go to the Hunger Games and so is the baker's son Peeta Melmark. Only one person can win. Who? To find out READ THE BOOK!!!!!!! (YOU CAN FIND THIS BOOK AT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY!)
It is 1895, and Gemma Doyle is a young English woman completely bored with her life in India. She would give anything to go back and see her father again, but her mother is against it. Her life takes a supernatural turn when her mother commits suicide in front of her eyes, forcing Gemma to leave India and attend Spence, a proper boarding school. Gemma has strange visions that have a nasty habit of coming true, and she just doesn't fit with the other girls. Things begin to take a supernatural turn when she is approached by a strange young man who claims Gemma has great power – but what is this power, and what does her destiny hold?
So is the premise of A Great and Terrible Beauty, the first in the Gemma Doyle Trilogy. I have always, for some reason, been afraid of book series. On one hand, a series could be great. It could be exciting and well written. But more often for me series seem to draw everything out for too long, leaving me bored. A Great and Terrible Beauty is the first trilogy I have started to read for a while, and it looks to be quite promising.