New Author! New Book!

Some Girls Are

Courtney Summers

Some Girls Are

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Published: 2010 St. Martin’s Griffin

Pages: Paperback; 246

Series/Stand Alone: Stand Alone

Source: Teacher

Goodreads:

Climbing to the top of the social ladder is hard—falling from it is even harder.  Regina Afton used to be a member of the Fearsome Fivesome, an all-girl clique both feared and revered by the students at Hallowell High… until vicious rumors about her and her best friend’s boyfriend start going around.  Now Regina’s been “frozen out” and her ex-best friends are out for revenge.  If Regina was guilty, it would be one thing, but the rumors are far from the terrifying truth and the bullying is getting more intense by the day.  She takes solace in the company of Michael Hayden, a misfit with a tragic past who she herself used to bully.  Friendship doesn’t come easily for these onetime enemies, and as Regina works hard to make amends for her past, she realizes Michael could be more than just a friend… if threats from the Fearsome Foursome don’t break them both first.

Tensions grow and the abuse worsens as the final days of senior year march toward an explosive conclusion in this dark new tale from the author of Cracked Up To Be

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6624871-some-girls-are

Review:

Regina Afton used to be part of the Fearsom Fivesome, best friends with Anna Morrison and in the clique. After a party one night everything changes, she loses everything; “frozen out”. Rumors are going around about Regina and her best friend’s boyfriend. She’s bullied until she can’t take it anymore, she joins with Michael Hayden. As they become friends, she realizes she’s putting those around her at risk. Regina is now alone fighting against the her ex-best friends and everyone else at Hallowell High. Regina was at the top, now she’s at the bottom of the social pyramid. This book takes you on a journey as Regina faces against bullying.

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This book was excellently written and very intriguing! Many times in the book I can understand Regina and what she is going through, not that I’ve experienced everything but I do understand. I think that this book would help people become aware of bullying and teasing classmates. I don’t really have many things that I would critique about this book.

Just letting everyone know that I would recommend this book to anyone of pretty much any age! I don’t like putting an age on how old you must be or what reading lexile you must have to read a book, because I read books way above my lexile!

I rate this book a 7.2 out of 10. It’s also a little mature content based on the reason why she gets bullied, and what happens to her throughout the story.

I read this book awhile ago and forgot to blog this post, but what I do remember is that it was an excellent book!

Enjoy

Lillian

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House of Night #2

Betrayed

P.C Cast, Kristin Cast

Betrayed

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Published: 2007 St. Martin’s Griffin

Pages: Paperback; 310

Series/Stand Alone: Series

Source: Teacher

Goodreads:

Fledgling vampyre Zoey Redbird has managed to settle in at the House of Night.  She’s come to terms with the vast powers the vampyre goddess, Nyx, has given her, and is getting a handle on being the new Leader of the Dark Daughters. Best of all, Zoey finally feels like she belongs–like she really fits in. She actually has a boyfriend…or two. Then the unthinkable happens: Human teenagers are being killed, and all the evidence points to the House of Night. While danger stalks the humans from Zoey’s old life, she begins to realize that the very powers that make her so unique might also threaten those she loves. Then, when she needs her new friends the most, death strikes the House of Night, and Zoey must find the courage to face a betrayal that could break her heart, her soul, and jeopardize the very fabric of her world.
Review:
Zoey Redbird has actually made friends, 4 of them. She is contacted by the powerful vampyre goddess; Nyx. Zoey is now comfortable with the House of Night, better yet her crescent mark is filled in unlike normal fledglings, this proves that Nyx has touched Zoey. As Zoey moves along her days she comes face to face with danger first-handed. Football players of her old school have been getting killed and with the blood and claw marks. All fingers point towards the House of Night, Zoey must face the betrayal and find the truth behind everything risking herself and those around her.
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Especially this one book of all of the ones I have read. While I read this novel…. I cried. Cast developed these characters so well that I cried at one point. It was scary, so detailed and described that it gave you the mysterious feeling when you read it. I had to read it again just to see if I skipped something or misread it. It was unbelievable how it made me think that I was part of it. It was so emotional and I felt it as part of me when I read it. I feel like this novel was written intended not to make it seem like the plot and story was perfect, but to make it real. I loved how Cast described her, it changed everything.

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So Stevie Rae died in this book, and I cried so hard. Cast described her so well, that I felt as if she was my best friend. I could feel the imaginary body in my arms and blood everywhere on the floor. It changed how I finished this book.

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Dislikes:

As I said in the previous post, it’s really hard to find parts that I didn’t like especially since I finished the book 2 days ago. All I have to say is that it was too emotional and I didn’t think some parts were necessary.

P.S. You WILL cry, just trust me on this. Unless…. you have a hard heart.

I rate it 9.75/10 I cried so much, went back to read it, cried again, and so on so forth for like 4 times.

I would love for everyone to read this series it’s amazing! And so are vampires! I’m mean all the books make them sound super cool, so I’d love to be one someday! Bite me!

~Lillian D’:

So sad :(

House of Night #1

OMG!! It’s like Divergent all over again!!! So recently I found a new series. I’m really into vampire stuff nowadays, so my friend Whitney recommended the House of Night series by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast (mother and daughter). I’ve already finished 4 books, but I’m going to post a review for each one individually.

Marked

P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast

Marked

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Published: 2007 St. Martin’s Griffin

Pages: Paperback; 306

Series/Stand Alone: Series

Source: Teacher

Goodreads:

The House of Night series is set in a world very much like our own, except in 16-year-old Zoey Redbird’s world, vampyres have always existed.  In this first book in the series, Zoey enters the House of Night, a school where, after having undergone the Change, she will train to become an adult vampire — that is, if she makes it through the Change.  Not all of those who are chosen do.  It’s tough to begin a new life, away from her parents and friends, and on top of that, Zoey finds she is no average fledgling.  She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess, Nyx.  But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers.  When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school’s most elite club, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny–with a little help from her new vampyre friends.
Review:
One ordinary day 16 year-old Zoey Redbird is marked by the Goddess Nyx, a crescent on her forehead. Zoey is a regular girl dating the star of the football team, and best friends with Kalya. She doesn’t realize that this mark will change her forever. Zoey’s dad left the family leaving her mom alone with the kids. Her mother marries another man named John Heffer, Zoey despises and hates him. She looks towards her grandmother for help. Zoey is a special fledgling, given special powers. But soon later she finds a clique in the group, the leader of the Dark Daughters has also been touched by the Goddess. Zoey must find her true self and make this new world her home.
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I’m loving this series, it’s amazing! Cast made this book similar to a jump start, it’s very exciting and suspenseful. Though the story flies by quickly, there are many details and descriptions. I love how Cast made Zoey not fit in, she made her different from everyone else. The story just brings the life out of you, I was so captivated into the book I couldn’t put it down. This book is truly a miracle, I must say. It’s wonderful and exciting, also it get’s more interesting as she writes the continuing books. Throughout Zoey’s life at the House of Night a place where fledglings learn and go through the change to become a true vampire or……… die. Zoey makes so many friends and it amazes me how she went from loneliness to being loved. I love they way this book was written, I felt like I could feel her emotions. This book totally drew me in, literally, whenever I opened the book I felt like I was entering the world. I really love books that I can get lost into, I’d really recommend this book to teenage girls or even adults.
Dislikes:
I can never find many dislikes in the books I read. But sometimes I felt like there was something missing, and it seems like there is. I feel like this book could be better or with a little more punch, you could say. If any of you find what’s missing, let me know please. I think that this had an amazing plot, except there was a spot missing.
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This overall was an amazing book and I’m writing more reviews about the other ones in the story. You’ll be amazed at how it twists and turns.
I rate this 9.55/10 definitely spicy!!!
This book is sooo amazing and I look forward to finishing the rest of the series!
Stay posted for the next review that may come out in…. 30 min- 1 hour.
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~Lillian

Endless Love

Eleanor and Park

Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and Park

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Publication/Publisher: 2013 St. Martin’s Press

Stand Alone/Series: Stand Alone

Pages: Hardcover 325

Source: Borrowed from teacher

Goodreads:

“Bono met his wife in high school,” Park says.
“So did Jerry Lee Lewis,” Eleanor answers.
“I’m not kidding,” he says.
“You should be,” she says, “we’re sixteen.”
“What about Romeo and Juliet?”
“Shallow, confused, then dead.”
”I love you,” Park says.
“Wherefore art thou,” Eleanor answers.
“I’m not kidding,” he says.
“You should be.”

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you under.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15745753-eleanor-park?ac=1

Review:

Red haired Eleanor comes to a new school, she meets this boy named Park as they set off on a love journey. Eleanor doesn’t have as nice of a body shape as her mother, but Park seems to like her. At first it’s an exchange of comics and tapes, leading onto a romantic love story. Her mother marries Richie, a drinker and smoker who has no manners and practically hates the children. Eleanor has a sister Maisie, 3 brothers; Ben, Mouse (Jeremiah), and Little Richie. Eleanor must avoid Richie at all costs to prevent getting kicked out, while on the other hand Park has an almost perfect life. His parents love each other like a young couple, and Park has a younger brother named Josh. His father makes him take tae kwon do and his mother is a beautician. These 2 young high schoolers, from 2 different worlds end up together in a strong relationship.

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Okay so this book is REALLY good! Like REALLY! It’s like 11:00 pm over here and I’m typing this book review. I just finished the book and I’m really excited to share it with you guys!! I loved so many things about this book, I loved how Rowell made Eleanor imperfect. It shows how 2 strangers can come so close, I also think that Rowell has a super cool first name. Rainbow!! Good for her parents! They picked an awesome name lolz! Alright back to the review I also really loved the plot, personally I think that this cover is one of the most boring ones I’ve ever seen. But don’t judge a book by its cover, it’s like a whole new world throughout the pages. I also really liked how Rowell didn’t use a modern setting; sure there were cars and stores, but Eleanor and Park played cassettes and tapes. It gave me the image of a modern yet old scene. I also liked how Rowell described Eleanor as wearing men clothes, I imagine her being a little more chubby wearing oversized men’s clothes. But when I see her with Park the picture instantaneously fits together. I also love how Rowell described the alley and the neighborhood, I can clearly imagine Eleanor running down the block to Park’s house and how each character acts. I also really liked how he switched between Eleanor’s perspective and Park’s perspective. That way you could read the book from 2 different view points.

Dislikes:

This paragraph for this book is extremely hard, the book wasn’t perfect but it was wonderful! Sometimes Rowell overuses curse words to emphasize what a character is saying, but overall this novel was wonderful. I also didn’t like the ending, it was good but it left me hanging. I wished that she finished it off,

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instead of letting Cat go with Park to Prom and leaving Eleanor in Minnesota. I felt sympathy for her she had to leave everything and stay with her uncle and aunt.

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This book was amazing I really liked it!!

I rate it a 8.75/10, just because there were some areas I didn’t like and that were yuck!

But definitely a cinnamon spice!! Lots of details, and many scenes that formed in my head.

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This book has some mature content and a little foul language, but overall it was clear.

I hope you guys read this book tell me what you think about it and what you would rate it!!

~Lillian

Bruised, Shattered, Fractured, Broken

Bruised

Sarah Skilton

Bruised by Sarah Skilton

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Publication/Publisher: 2013 Amulet Books

Stand Alone/Series: Stand Alone

Pages: Hard Cover 274

Source: Borrowed from teacher

Goodreads:

When Imogen, a sixteen-year-old black belt in Tae Kwon Do, freezes during a holdup at a local diner, the gunman is shot and killed by the police, and she blames herself for his death. Before the shooting, she believed that her black belt made her stronger than everyone else — more responsible, more capable. But now her sense of self has been challenged and she must rebuild her life, a process that includes redefining her relationship with her family and navigating first love with the boy who was at the diner with her during the shootout. With action, romance, and a complex heroine, Bruised introduces a vibrant new voice to the young adult world — full of dark humor and hard truths.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11787733-bruised

Review:

Imogen is a strong girl who has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She fails to rescue the life of a gunman and blames herself for his death. To prove herself again she wants to participate in a real fight to regain her confidence. A boy named Ricky was also at the diner during the hold up. Not only does she join worlds with him, she believes that he may be able to give her the fight she’s been waiting for.

The intriguing story encircles  romance and tae kwon do into a true plot. Imogen was a self confident girl and believed that she had responsibility and skill with her black belt.  This novel is very detailed and specific, Imogen goes through many obstacles and hardships after trying to recover from the diner incident. Ricky another witness of the hold up was with Imogen, he brings her back to life. All that Imogen concentrated on before was following the Children’s Home Rules, now she doesn’t care anymore. Each word on every page, brings you into Imogen’s life making you believe that you were her.

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I really liked the fact that Sarah Skilton took the book to a new level, she didn’t leave it as an ordinary story. She made Imogen make the choices that you wouldn’t have wanted her to make, Skilton broke Imogen into pieces as she then pieced her back together throughout the story. Skilton also identified Ricky’s place in the plot solid, instead of scattered. She placed him in as if he was  important in the story, she made him equal to Imogen. I liked how Skilton did that, she made it so that we could see and so could Imogen that she couldn’t do everything, she needed someone else. It’s been a while since I’ve found a good book, there were still places I think that could’ve been better but overall Skilton wrote the novel, as if she were Imogen and made the characters real.

Dislikes:

There weren’t many things that I disliked, but there were some that are hard to explain. I enjoyed the plot of the book and how it was written. In some areas I found the book more out of the genre, she added romance. I’m not that into books with the kissing and things, but she edged over a little in certain parts of the story. I didn’t find much that I didn’t like, there was a good plot and she made it more exciting.

P.S. If you’re reading the book, DJ is a girl. At first I thought she was a boy.

This book was excellent and I really enjoyed reading it.

I give it an 7.80 out of 10. Definitely a spice, interesting, not as exciting as some other books but I liked how the characters were developed.

There were some parts that I think that Skilton shouldn’t have included but overall it was an excellent novel young teenagers even adults would enjoy.

If you have read the book please do comment and let me know what you thought about the book, please rate it from 1-10.

~Lillian