Monthly Archives: May 2013

Book Review: The Name of the Star

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Author: Maureen Johnson

Genre: YA

Summary: The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it’s the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper events of more than a century ago.

Soon “Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him. Even her roommate, who was walking with her at the time, didn’t notice the mysterious man. So why can only Rory see him? And more urgently, why has Rory become his next target? In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.

Review: Loved it!
Johnson has a Great teen voice. I loved all the sarcasm and jokes.
The way she wrote Rory’s thoughts is exactly how I feel my train of thought actually is in real life.
I also really liked that the “love story” wasn’t a huge part. This Really was a story about Rory’s new “gift”. Which I also thought was a nice new take on things.
Awesome cliff hanger! Where’s the next book?

Recommendation: Read ASAP!

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Book Review: Pandemonium

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Author: Lauren Oliver

Genre: YA

Summary: I’m pushing aside
the memory of my nightmare,
pushing aside thoughts of Alex,
pushing aside thoughts of Hana
and my old school,
push,
push,
push,
like Raven taught me to do.
The old life is dead.
But the old Lena is dead too.
I buried her.
I left her beyond a fence,
behind a wall of smoke and flame.

Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.

Review: I enjoyed the first book, Delirium, but not until almost the end. It was very well written but was lacking in something that I can’t quite explain.

This second book was opposite. I devoured it from the beginning, but lost steam in the last few chapters.

Oliver writes beautifully. She has a strong voice and is almost poetic. I really don’t know what it is that makes me distracted while reading her books. Perhaps it’s just the story that I’m not invested in.

Recommendation: Try it, but definitely borrow from somebody first.

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Book Review: Looking for Alaska

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Author: John Green

Genre: YA (realistic)

Summary: Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet) even more. Then he heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After. Nothing is ever the same.

Review: I love John Green’s voice. He easily sounds like a teenager. This is the second book of his that I’ve read and it did not disappoint. There’s a reason his books win awards, people!

Looking for Alaska isn’t exactly a love story. It’s more like a story about reason. Of course, teenagers see reason in a different way than adults.

I really liked how Green used the MC’s rationality in everything that happened. It was true to teenage form without being typical or expected.

Recommendation: Read it ASAP!

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Book Review: What Happened to Goodbye

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Author: Sarah Dessen

Genre: YA (contemporary)

Synopsis: Who is the real McLean?

Since her parents’ bitter divorce, McLean and her dad, a restaurant consultant, have been on the move-four towns in two years. Estranged from her mother and her mother’s new family, McLean has followed her dad in leaving the unhappy past behind. And each new place gives her a chance to try out a new persona: from cheerleader to drama diva. But now, for the first time, McLean discovers a desire to stay in one place and just be herself, whoever that is. Perhaps Dave, the guy next door, can help her find out.

Combining Sarah Dessen’s trademark graceful writing, great characters, and compelling storytelling, What Happened to Goodbye is irresistible reading.

Review: Completely in love with the ending! I was nervous about this book from the summary. I should know by now that SD never let’s me down!

Her characters are always unique and well developed. Her pacing is perfect, especially in this book!

Recommendation: Go read now!

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