Wednesday, November 23, 2011
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 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
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
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
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." Amazon.com
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
Friday, July 29, 2011
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