It's been many, many years since I read "A Wrinkle in Time" but this story brought back a few childhood memories and just how much I enjoyed that NewbIt's been many, many years since I read "A Wrinkle in Time" but this story brought back a few childhood memories and just how much I enjoyed that Newbery Award winner. "A Wrinkle in Time" plays a crucial role in the underlying plot to this newest addition to Newbery Award winning books. Having won this year's Newbery Award I felt obligated to read this book. It was difficult to choose what shelves to place this book on - Is it realistic or fantasy or science fiction? (I chose them all.) I do understand why this book was chosen for its prestigious award in spite of my rating. All the characters were fleshed out fully; the plot and the details were intricately drawn into a cohesive whole. Unfortunately, I just didn't feel particularly drawn into this story. My opinion: It was good, but not great and I can’t really put a finger on why I feel that way. Let’s just leave it at that. ...more
A devastating plague, known as Strain 7, has wiped out much of the population of the world. A new oppressive, military government has come into powerA devastating plague, known as Strain 7, has wiped out much of the population of the world. A new oppressive, military government has come into power and it has forced the plague’s survivors to move to coastal cities. The new government has declared the interior of the U.S. off limits, but seven teens have headed into The Big Empty. These teens left the populated areas to escape the oppressive government or to start a new life, but they all have one goal: find Novo Mundum, a new secret society that has been established in the heart of The Big Empty.
I’ve always had a special affinity for books set in post-apocalypse & dystopian societies, hence the rating of “3-Liked it.” The plot line was interesting, but as a stand-alone book, it did not contain enough substance to make it great. We are introduced to seven main teenage characters, but within this slim volume of 204 pages, the essence of these teens is only superficially explored. I will say that the premise of teens living alone, struggling to survive against the elements and against the government, is an enough to keep me reading. Let’s hope the next volume starts to tie everything together a bit better.
On a side note: I did a little research and found that “J.B. Stephens” is actually a pseudonym for a group of ghost writers who put this series together. Chances are each of the ghost writers were responsible for 1 or 2 characters and storylines/chapters that were then pieced together to make a cohesive story.
Other reviewers have noted that this story is not appropriate for teen readers, and I concur with that opinion.
This is the story of a young girl who mOther reviewers have noted that this story is not appropriate for teen readers, and I concur with that opinion.
This is the story of a young girl who moves with her family from Dayton, Ohio to Panama as the canal is being built. This story seems innocent enough until we are introduced to Federico. He is handsome, well educated and mysterious and what starts out as a young girl's infatuation quickly escalates into a steamy tale of romance and sexual encounters.
I know nothing of the history surrounding the building of the Panama canal, which underlies this story. I can only hope that the history is accurate as a backdrop to this story. ...more
I chose this book thinking it was a horror/fantasy novel perhaps being misled by the cover & description on the dust jacket. I was somewhat misguiI chose this book thinking it was a horror/fantasy novel perhaps being misled by the cover & description on the dust jacket. I was somewhat misguided, but Kate Thompson certainly knows how to tell a story and I was drawn in from the start.
This is a gritty tale of a "bad boy" who enjoys his life on the streets of Dublin with his gang of friends. And when I say gang, I mean that literally. They steal anything they can get their hands on - including cars - and spend funds derived from their ill gotten gains on alcohol and drugs. But, Bobby's ma has moved the family to a ramshackle cottage in the country in a last ditch effort to turn Bobby's life around. Well, perhaps ma is just trying to outrun the debt collectors. Bobby is determined to return to Dublin, but he is gradually drawn to country life, helping out on the nearby farm on the premise of paying off a debt of his own. Underneath this true to life tale, there is a sub-story that involves the death of a child, the mysterious disappearance of the cottage's former tenant and a malevolent fairie who makes an appearance in the middle of the night. ...more
Lucinda “Luce” Price has been banished to a boarding school for troubled students after a mysterious fire leaves a boy dead. On her arrival at Sword aLucinda “Luce” Price has been banished to a boarding school for troubled students after a mysterious fire leaves a boy dead. On her arrival at Sword and Cross, Luce finds herself attracted to two boys. When Luce sees Daniel, she is immediately drawn to him yet he prefers to remain elusive. Luckily, there is also the charming and popular Cam who goes out of his way to charm Luce. Enrollment at Sword and Cross has not banished the clouds of darkness that follow Luce wherever she is. She doesn’t know what they are or where they come from but she does know they foreshadow unpleasant events in her future.
Angels may be making their move into the realm of teen fiction as the “new vampires” but this story was certainly not heaven sent. Let this book’s title serve as my review of this book since it fits – the story fell flat for me. I found myself slogging through hundreds of pages spent on character development with little plot to keep me moving along. The writing is often repetitive and leaves too many loose ends that left me feeling like part of the story is missing. Too much time is spent describing unrequited love without enough forward movement in the story. (Why did I slog on and actually finish this book?) Perhaps more will be revealed in the sequels, but you won’t find me wasting my time on the next book in the series. ...more
I felt obligated to read this book since it won the 2010 Michael J. Printz Award, which says this book is supposed to represent the best in Young AdulI felt obligated to read this book since it won the 2010 Michael J. Printz Award, which says this book is supposed to represent the best in Young Adult literature of the past year. I knew it was a departure from Libba Bray’s Gemma Doyle Trilogy – I just didn’t realize how far of a departure it would be.
At a hefty 480 pages, this book contains some of the best humor I’ve read from a YA author in years. That was almost assured as we find Cameron spurred into action to find a cure for his mad cow disease by Dulcie, a pink-haired, punk angel. The trip gets even crazier when you find Cameron making this trip accompanied by Gonzo, a hypochondriac dwarf, and Balder, a Norse god cursed to exist as a yard gnome. (BTW, if you haven’t seen the book trailer yet, be sure to check it out at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KloEAo... It most certainly will give you an idea of the heights that the humor in this story will reach.
You may ask, why only 4 stars if this book was so great? I truly could find no true flaws in the writing in spite of the quirky nature of the story. My rating stems only from my personal preference in what I enjoy reading. Although this book was amazing (5-star rating description), I can only say that I personally only “really liked it,” which gives it 4 stars under the GoodReads rating.
Beautiful Creatures is a twist on the young adult, boy meets girl, supernatural love story. Several twists make the story a bit unique. One: The boy iBeautiful Creatures is a twist on the young adult, boy meets girl, supernatural love story. Several twists make the story a bit unique. One: The boy is the “normal” one and the girl is the supernatural, angsty, attractive new kid at school Two: The story is told from the boy's point of view. Three: It's not about vampires!
I chose to read this book based on its rave reviews, and the plot did sound intriguing. However, I was a bit dissappointed. Overall, their was something about the whole plot that just didn't resonate with me. I had issues with the pace of the story and with the editing. More than once I found inconsistencies in the story line and sometimes I felt like the story was an Energizer bunny wannabe. (It just kept going and going and going... and I wished it would just get on with the story.) It wasn't horrible though, it did hold my interest enough to get me to finish the book and the ending was action packed. I did like the southern town setting, some of the snappy lines and literary references. ...more
Sorry, but this book was not really my cup of tea. It is definitely a book for the less sophistocated teen (or tween) reader. There is plenty of actioSorry, but this book was not really my cup of tea. It is definitely a book for the less sophistocated teen (or tween) reader. There is plenty of action and it is definitely sound like a middle school boy telling the story. It is a great lead into mythology that should peek an interest in learning more about those mythical gods and heroes. ...more
It's not often that you find a good horror story written specifically for teen readers, but this is one of them! McNamee never lets up on the action eIt's not often that you find a good horror story written specifically for teen readers, but this is one of them! McNamee never lets up on the action either. Once I started reading this one, I couldn't put it down until I got to the end. ...more
When Grace was nine years old, she was attacked by wolves but survived because of the interference of a member of the pack. Eight years later, as theWhen Grace was nine years old, she was attacked by wolves but survived because of the interference of a member of the pack. Eight years later, as the days grow longer and the air speaks of winter, Grace watches the woods behind her home hoping to catch a glimpse of the yellow-eyed wolf that saved her. But this year, as winter approaches, a teen is attacked and killed by wolves. A hunting party has been formed to rid the woods of the menace. Terrified that her wolf will be killed, Grace fabricates a story hoping to buy time for the wolves so they may escape the hunt. After a harrowing race through the woods, Grace finds a wounded boy huddled on the back porch of her home. One look at his yellow eyes and she knows that this is her wolf - in human form. Now it is Grace’s turn to save Sam, the wolf that once saved her. With a clever twist on the folklore of werewolves, Stiefvater has crafted a romantic tale that shares the intensity of its nemesis, Twilight. The odds are against this couple as their romance blossoms and the forces of nature threaten Sam’s ability to remain human....more
Micah had a secret boyfriend named Zach. But he was brutally murdered, and Micah is now a suspect. This is why she has decided she will come clean andMicah had a secret boyfriend named Zach. But he was brutally murdered, and Micah is now a suspect. This is why she has decided she will come clean and tell us the truth – and nothing but the truth – so we will know that she is not the murderer. There is no question about it; Micah is a compulsive liar and she is good at it. She admits it to us as she tells us her story. She was able to dupe everyone into believing her lies for a while at her progressive, private high school in New York City. Only you can determine whether Micah is truly telling us the truth, as her story is told within this cleverly crafted jumble of narrative related to “Before” and “After” the murder, as well as a “History of Me,” “Family History,” and a number of other section headings. Larbalestier certainly knows how to suck us in to turning page after page as she lets Micah tells us her story. How are we supposed to believe Micah when the tale she is spinning may just be her wildest yet? ...more