Monthly Archives: April 2014

Book Review: Fledgling by Nicole Conway

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Author:  Nicole Conway

Genre: YA Fantasy

Summary: Jaevid Broadfeather has grown up as a wartime refugee, hiding from the world because of his mixed racial heritage. He feels his future is hopeless, until a chance encounter with a wild dragon lands him in Blybrig Academy—a place usually forbidden to anyone but the rich and royal. But Jaevid’s case is special; no dragon has voluntarily chosen a rider in decades, so the proud riders of Blybrig must begrudgingly let him join their brotherhood despite his bloodline. Lieutenant Sile Derrick, a sternly tempered man with a mysterious past, becomes his instructor and immediately takes a peculiar interest in Jaevid’s future.

While struggling through the rigorous physical demands of training, things begin to go awry. Jaevid witnesses the king’s private guards kidnapping Sile in the dead of night. When none of the elder riders are willing to help him, Jaevid begins a dangerous adventure to save his instructor.

Everything Jaevid learned at the academy will now be put to the ultimate test.

Review: Nicole Conway is a great writer! Fledgling is 100% story. I have to admit, the “hero’s journey” is my favorite type of story, so this was right up my alley. 

Conway has created an interesting world in which humans, grey elves, and dragons exist. Only, not in harmony. The main character is a half breed, hated by both humans and grey elves, finding no place he really belongs. Until one day, he accidentally talks a dragon into choosing him as a rider. Suddenly Jae is in the elite training academy for dragonriders and he must prove that he belongs there.

This book touches on the subjects of faith in oneself, bullying, and discrimination. As a halfbreed, Jae is discriminated by both humans and grey elves. Niether knows that the other side hates him as much as they do. Jae goes through his life never fitting, never having friends, and never having a life to look forward to. He’s stereotyped by each side as well. Both think he’s a traitor and both think he’s sided with the other. In reality, he has no choice, because neither wants him. He is constantly bullied and name called by everyone, humans and grey elves alike. Jae must find the courage to have faith in himself and to choose where he wants to be in life. Only then with he ever find happiness or a reason to build a future life for himself. 

Recommendation: Fun and entertaining read!

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Book Review: #Scandal

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Author: Sarah Ockler 

Genre: YA

Summary: Lucy’s learned some important lessons from tabloid darling Jayla Heart’s all-too-public blunders: Avoid the spotlight, don’t feed the Internet trolls, and keep your secrets secret. The policy has served Lucy well all through high school, so when her best friend Ellie gets sick before prom and begs her to step in as Cole’s date, she accepts with a smile, silencing about ten different reservations. Like the one where she’d rather stay home shredding online zombies. And the one where she hates playing dress-up. And especially the one where she’s been secretly in love with Cole since the dawn of time.

When Cole surprises her at the after party with a kiss under the stars, it’s everything Lucy has ever dreamed of… and the biggest BFF deal-breaker ever. Despite Cole’s lingering sweetness, Lucy knows they’ll have to ’fess up to Ellie. But before they get the chance, Lucy’s own Facebook profile mysteriously explodes with compromising pics of her and Cole, along with tons of other students’ party indiscretions. Tagged. Liked. And furiously viral.

By Monday morning, Lucy’s been branded a slut, a backstabber, and a narc, mired in a tabloid-worthy scandal just weeks before graduation. 

Lucy’s been battling undead masses online long enough to know there’s only one way to survive a disaster of this magnitude: Stand up and fight. Game plan? Uncover and expose the Facebook hacker, win back her best friend’s trust, and graduate with a clean slate.

There’s just one snag—Cole. Turns out Lucy’s not the only one who’s been harboring unrequited love…

Review: Sarah Ockler has done a great job spotlighting cyberbullying, judging, and bullying in general. Name-calling has always been an aspect of high school that everyone must endure at point or another. But things have escalated with the internet and social media. No longer can you find a safe haven outside of school walls. The internet is everywhere and forever.

Lucy has one night in which she makes a total mistake with Cole. In her mind, she will fix everything the next morning, but when she wakes up, her and a handful of people have been outed. On Facebook. The worst part is that everyone thinks it’s her fault, since the pictures and tags came from her account. In truth, Lucy’s phone was stolen and she has no idea who has set her up.

Worse goes to worst when all of her friends ditch her, she is being called all sorts of names by the girls in school, her locker is trashed daily, and the internet is having a field day with her pictures and some very creative phrases. 

#Scandal sheds light on the dangers of social media and reflects (very accurately) how teenagers love to bash those who are already down. It seems like a “normal high school” thing to do, talk about someone’s indiscretions, but in reality it is bullying. 

Lucy must face her indiscretions, the bullies, and find her voice, to clear her name and fix something that someone else has started.

Recommendation: Must read!

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Book Review: We Were Liars

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Author: E. Lockhart

Genre: YA

Summary: A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.
 
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. 
Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

Review: This is one of the most stunning novels I have ever read! Her descriptions are emotional and evocative; the story is a thrilling mystery!

Cady has headaches. Headaches that keep her from being able to function. Cady can’t remember anything about her accident, or anything about the summer two years ago when it happened. She returns to her family’s island for summer seventeen, trying to piece together what when wrong.

She spends her time with her three best friends; two cousins, Johnny and Mirren, and Gat, who she is in love with. They can’t tell her what happened, the doctors say she must remember on her own. As she watches her family fight for inheritance and fall apart at the seams, Cady clings onto her best friends, the Liars. They are all she has and all she cares about.

E. Lockhart keeps the tension high until the very end, when Cady finally remembers what happened in summer fifteen. She has created the most spectacular emotional arc that I’ve seen in years. Cady’s story is stunning. 

Recommendation: READ! READ NOW!

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