Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Lola And The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Lola And The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Rating: PG
Score: 5 stars

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn't believe in fashion, she believes in costume. The more expressive, sparkly, fun, more wild the outfit, the better. Her style might be outrageous but she's a devoted daughter and friend and has very big plans for her life. Everything is pretty much perfect, even right down to her hot rocker boyfriend. But when the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to their old house next door in the neighborhood, everything changes. When Cricket, a very gifted inventor, steps out of his sister's shadow and back into Lola's life, she must finally realize a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

Review:
Pros:
1. This very sweet young adult romance is definitely one of my favorite love stories of all time. From the characters to the emotions, everything was just well put together and written into a funny and witty story about two teens in love.

2. The characters were a major love of mine throughout the whole book. They were all very protective of each other family wise and also sarcastic and fun. They were all different and unique and even some were complete opposites of each other. I loved how all the characters just seemed to work together with each other and created a realistic group of crazy friends and overprotective families.

 3. I also loved the story line and how it wasn't rushed and took it's time developing feelings and emotions between the characters. Because the story took it's time to evolve, it really created a lot of background and slowly built up the romance and really pinpointed the differences between knowing what you want and knowing what you need in your life.

4. Overall, I really enjoyed the book and will probably be picking it up again in the future. It was an easy read and very clean with language. It had the perfect amount of romance and made you laugh out loud at some points as well. This book is definitely for any girl looking for a good romance book that's not too cheesy or boring. Sarah Dessen fans like myself will fully enjoy this one!

Age Recommendation: 13+

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Monday, July 21, 2014

The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection by Kiera Cass
Rating: PG
Score: 5 stars

For 35 lucky girls, The Selection is the chance of a lifetime. It gives them the opportunity to escape the life that has been laid out for them since birth, so much different than the life at the palace. Glittering jewels, beautiful dresses, priceless jewelry, and competing for the heart of the handsome Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, The Selection is her worst nightmare. When she is chosen to be in the Selection, America is forced to turn her back on her secret romance with Aspen, forced to leave her home and family behind in order to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that's constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks. But when America meets Prince Maxon, she discovers that maybe what she's planned for herself isn't what she really wants. She realizes that maybe the life she's always dreamed of may be of no comparison to the life she's never imagined.

Review:
Pros:
1. I fell so in love with this book that I honestly have not one con about this story. I loved this sci-fi fantasy storyline and I think it's perfect for any girl who wants a modern version of Cinderella with a twist.

2. I loved the characters in this book to death. America Singer really relates to any girl who loves music, knows she isn't perfect and isn't about to change for a guy, let alone a Prince. The book had it's sweet characters, it's lovable characters, and of course the characters that you just want to slap. A good mixture if you ask me.

3. I really loved the romance that went on throughout the book between America and Aspen as well as when she starts falling for the Prince once she gets to know him more. It was very sweet and sincere as well as passionate at times and romantic at others.

4. I also loved all the different emotions in the book and thought it was a good balance between love and hate, jealousy and envy, as well as friendliness and loyalty. 

5. For me, the book didn't get slow at times and had not one bad word. It was constantly moving and constantly left me wondering what happens next at the end of every chapter.

Age Recommendation: 12+

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Looking For Alaska by John Green

Looking For Alaska by John Green
Rating: PG-13
Score: 3 1/2 stars

Miles Halter is tired of his safe life at home and fascinated with famous last words. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the great poet Fran├žois Rabelais called "The Great Perhaps". Culver Creek holds many things for Miles, including the beautiful and smart Alaska Young. She's funny, wild and screwed-up just like her group of friends. Miles tries to find his place amongst them and ends up making friends that he'll keep with him forever. While going through the labyrinth, Miles and his friends will go through it together. Side by side. Through tragedy and sorrow to find their Great Perhaps.

Review:
Pros:
1. I love the story line of the book and how one thing led to another in the normal life of Miles. I liked how he was just a normal teenage boy who just wanted to make friends and take risks to find out where he belonged.

2. I also loved the characters in the book. They were all different but never let their past define who they were. They were all hardheaded and caring towards one another and loyal friends.

3. The book also had a good mix of humor and love as well as tragedy and sorrow. It also had other emotions mixed in with the story and was well written.

Cons:
1. Even though I loved the book, I didn't very much enjoy it as much as I would've liked because of some language throughout the book. It was a bit distracting to me and might be a problem for younger readers.

2. There were also some scenes that were inappropriate for readers 13 and under. I would highly advise that someone older should read it instead due to smoking, drinking and intimate scenes in the book.

Age Recommendation: 16+

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Rating: PG
Score: 4 stars

After the Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights, a law was made for children between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, stating that parents can have their child "unwound", a process of all the child's organs being transplanted into different donors so that life does not technically end. Conner is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa is not talented enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, the small group has a chance to survive. And they won't stop fighting until that chance is won.

Review:
Pros:
1. The story line is an interesting one and something that I have never read before until this book. This sci-fi fiction is a story for both boys and girls who love a futuristic/modern day adventure.

2. The book not only lets you into the mind of the main character, but also lets you into the mind of almost all the characters. Each chapter takes place from someone else's point of view and made it very interactive.

 3. I also liked the back stories of all the main characters, Conner, Risa and Lev. It  made the characters more interesting and different from each other. 

Cons:
1. The story tended to get very slow in certain parts of the book. Sometimes one whole chapter moved too slow until the next. 

2. The movie isn't out yet.

Age Recommendation: 12+

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Crash: Visions Book One by Lisa McMann

Crash: Visions Book One by Lisa McMann
Rating: PG-13
Score: 4 stars

Jules lives above her family's restaurant, smells like pizza all the time and is forced to drive the family's double-meatball shaped truck to school with her older brother Trey and their little sister Rowan. Not exactly the recipe for popularity but Jules can handle that. But what she can't handle is the vision. The vision she sees everywhere on billboards, screens, windows. Only a vision she can see and it makes her think she's going crazy. She sees a truck, crashing into a building and they both go up in flames, nine body bags lying in the snow. It hardly matters to her at first, but when the vision starts coming more frequently and revealing more clues, Jules knows she had to do something. Because now she can see one of the faces in the body bags. And it's someone she knows and has been in love with since she could remember. Will she be able to stop the vision from coming true? Because like it or not, she's the only one who can.

Review
Pros:
1. This sci-fi story is one that is very unique and also a very good read. I love the story for many reasons but one of them is because of the cool story line and the events that follow. It has a couple of really cool action scenes and keeps you interested with every word.

2. I love the characters in this book. They're funny and goof around with each other but are also serious and caring when they need to be. They also have their issues and secrets that are revealed that make you love them even more.

3. This book has a little bit of everything within the story. From a little romance and comedy to action and suspense. A little something for everybody I guess you could say.

Cons:
1. The book is a short one, my copy being only 225 pages, so I felt like the language in this book was a bit too much for the story. It felt a little distracting and annoying and was just too much for the short chapters.

Age Recommendation: 13+

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Paper Valentine by Brenna Yonanoff

Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff
Rating: PG
Stars: 4 1/2 stars

Hannah is just trying to get her life back together after her best friend Lillian died six months ago and wants everything to go back to normal. But how can it when Lillian's ghost haunts her everyday? In her bedroom, constantly pushing Hannah to investigate the string of murders that's happening in the town? Hannah can't understand why Lillian is so transfixed on the murders that are only linked together by a paper valentine left at the crime scenes. She especially can't understand why Lillian doesn't trust Finny Boone, a boy who only commits petty larceny and surprising acts of kindness, a boy Hannah can't seem to stop thinking about. But as the town turns to panic and more murders and bodies turn up, Hannah finds herself immersed in a world of ghost girls, horrifying secrets and the realization that she'll only be able to move on with her life only by finding the Valentine Killer. Will she be able to stop the killer before he strikes again? Or will she fail and join the ghost girls herself?

Review:
Pros:
1. This mystery suspense story is one that was meant to keep you guessing and turning the clues over and over in your mind. The story keeps you on the edge of your seat and leaves you guessing after each chapter who did it and why? 

2. The characters were what made me love the book even more. From Lillian's horrible death to the main characters and the side characters. They each had their secrets and struggles but were still able to come together to find the killer and stop the murders. 

3. The book also has many emotions that were not too much or too little. The book had sorrow and pain, romance and friendship, as well as suspense and surprise. None of the emotions took from the story or made it too much to handle. It was well balanced and very well written.

4. The most praise for the book goes to the awesome plot twist and ending of the story. If you're like me and love a good surprise ending, then this book is definitely for you my friend! The plot twist makes you think back through the whole book and wonder why you didn't catch on in the first place. The killer was definitely well disguised and made me understand how I didn't catch on to the character.

Cons:
1.There was some language throughout the part of the book when Hannah confronts the suspected killer and before that as well. It wasn't a ton of language, maybe appearing every few chapters and I felt it added to some of the frustration that the author was trying to depict.

Age Recommendation: 12+

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