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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Abandon by Meg Cabot

Pierce knows what it's like to die, 
because she has done it before.

It starts off as a normal day, like any other. When Pierce sees a little bird in danger, drowning in her pool, she wants to help it. So, she walks over to her pool but her scarf gets tangled in her feet. She hits her head and drowns. The last thing she remembers seeing? The bird flying away.

After this scary experience, Pierce finds herself somewhere completely knew. She doesn't have  a clear memory of what happened, or how she got there. There are two lines facing a long, ominous river, and there are mostly elderly people there, not many people Pierce's age. Where is she? She goes to ask someone for help, and sees a familiar face. He takes her away and informs her that her boat has left and she will need to stay with him, forever. 

After she gets out of this situation, how will she ever be normal again? She has died, and come back. That's different that most teens problems... 

I loved this book, it was gripping, dark, scary and left you on edge. I can't wait for the next book in this series, Underworld, to come out!

Rating: 9 out of 10

The Lovely Shoes by Susan Shreve

The Lovely Shoes was a sweet coming of age story. Frankie is born with a severe birth defect that makes her right foot curl up un-flatteringly, and she is really embarrassed by this. After an unfortunate incident at a school dance in front of her crush, she shuts herself in her room and refuses to come out.

When her mom reads about an Italian shoemaker who makes shoes for crippled people, she is very excited to tell Frankie about it. Even though Frankie is hesitant, they end up going to Italy where Frankie learns about another side of herself. But will Italy and a new pair of 'lovely shoes' be enough for Frankie to accept herself for who she is?

I loved this book even though it was a little slow at times. It was fun and heartfelt. My favorite part of this book was Frankie and her mom's relationship because they had a great dynamic. Even though they fought sometimes, they loved each other a lot.

Rating: 6 out of 10

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Leavitt

This book was a gripping story of dealing with pain, loss, and first love.

When Payton Gritas learns that her dad has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, her parents sign her up to meet with the schools guidance counselor. Her guidance counselor assigns her to find herself a focus object, and she finds something very strange to 'focus' on... Scott Griswold's head. She sees it throughout all her classes (he sits in front of her). The focus object is supposed to help her through her dad's disease, and it is working. With all the 'focus' she puts in to Scott Griswold's head, Peyton and Scott become friends because of their unlikely similarities including a Seinfeld obsession, and maybe Scott has some mysteries of his own...

Linday Leavitt pulled me into this book at the very first line and didn't let me go until her last. Her humor took the edge off the sadness in the book, and I had such a great time reading it!

Monday, August 8, 2011

The Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson

Once there were three. Three friends who loved each other—Jenna, Locke, and Kara. And after a terrible accident destroyed their bodies, their three minds were kept alive, spinning in a digital netherworld. Even in that disembodied nightmare, they were still together. At least at first. When Jenna disappeared, Locke and Kara had to go on without her. Decades passed, and then centuries.
Two-hundred-and-sixty years later, they have been released at last. Given new, perfect bodies, Locke and Kara awaken to a world they know nothing about, where everyone they once knew and loved is long dead.
Everyone except Jenna Fox.
(From inside cover of book)
I apologize for saying this, but in my opinion The Fox Inheritance was an unnecessary sequel to The Adoration of Jenna Fox. Yes, it was well written, and yes, it was a good concept, but  The Adoration of Jenna Fox was a powerful book that DID NOT need a sequel.
The narrator of this novel is Locke (Jenna's friend, mentioned in the first book). Locke and Kara's consciousnesses had been scanned and digitally saved for possible future use. Now, 260 years later, a scientist decides to bring Locke and Kara back to life with perfect bodies. This scientist's intentions however are not as good as they seem... 

What makes this installment different from its predecessor is that it is more action-oriented and more futuristic. Where The Adoration of Jenna Fox was an introspective, contemplative story, The Fox Inheritance is mostly running and hiding in the world of future. 

The parts about robotics and bioengineering are much better. Chapters describing Locke and Kara's minds' imprisonment in the digital vacuum are horrifying. A consciousness kept alive and running in an environment void of any stimulus is so freaky, it kept me awake at night...

Rating: 8 out of 10

How to Steal A Car by Pete Hautman

"Some girls act out by drinking or doing drugs. Some girls act out by hanging out with the wrong guys. Some girls act out by starving themselves or cutting themselves. Some girls act out by being mean to other girls.

Not Kelleigh. Kelleigh steals cars.

In How to Steal a Car, National Book Award winner Pete Hautman takes teen readers on a thrilling, scary ride through one suburban girl's turbulent life - one car theft at a time."

This book captivated me from the beginning with it's quirky humor and abnormal concepts. I love how at the beginning of the book Kelleigh really has no reason to steal cars, but she just does it anyway and you can't hate her for it, she is so like-able.

I really liked the start of the book but as I got further it started to disappoint me. I got tired of her voice, she was a bit whiny, and it also really lost all the other aspects of the book besides the 'stealing car' aspect.

Rating: 6 out of 10

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Rumo & His Miraculous Adventures by Walter Moers

Rumo, the spoiled Wolperting in a Hackonian farm, has the jolt of his life when he and his owners are kidnapped by Demoncles, one-eyed giants that live on a floating rock. And that's only the beginning. This book is filled with stories within stories, miraculous adventures, stupendous fights, and the slightest bit of romance. There are incredible creatures and interesting, fantastical characters. Walter Moers has always had an amazing imagination, and it shows in his loopy, eloquent writing. Rumo had a small role in The 13 ½ Lives of Captain Bluebear, but in this book, his character comes to life.

Even though this is a 687-page book, you'll most likely tear through it. Seriously, this book appeals to most everyone. It's got action, drama, love, adventure, fantasy and so much more that I can't even put into words. Really. You have to read this book. It's my favorite out of Moers' works. It's got so much stuff in it, your brain will hurt.
Rating: 9.5 of 10

Friday, July 29, 2011

All Unquiet Things by Annna Jarzab

     When I first read this book, I started out thinking the narrator was a girl, and was extremely surprised when they were referred to as a he. The book is split into four parts, switching perspectives between Neily, a boy whose ex-girlfriend was shot and killed, and Audrey, who was that girl's cousin and best friend. The girl was named Carly, and she was a substantial heiress. All Unquiet Things is a masterfully written book that's thought-provoking and has a couple twists. It's nothing too heavy, and it's a real page-turner, to say the least.
     Neily has always been haunted by Carly's murder, him being the discoverer of her corpse(don't worry, this isn't gory), but he has no obvious reason to be. A man has already been convicted for her murder. That man happens to be Audrey's father, Carly's uncle. Audrey, like everyone else in the city, believed that her father committed this heinous crime until just recently, when she was forced to admit that some of the facts just didn't add up.She enlists the help of at-first-unwilling Neily in order to prove her father's innocence, but more than that, to find the truth about Carly, about her life and death.

Rating: 8.5 of 10