They have been asked to track four suspects potentially with terrorist connections who have just arrived in Bayport. What are they doing in Bayport? And more importantly, are they connected to the evil law firm, Peyton, Kaufman and Gray?
Toby's life has been thrown upside down especially with the upcoming Homecoming nominations. She would do anything not to be crowned or to have any attention focused on her but when Jack Peyton, Bayport High's Most Eligible Bachelor, asks her to the Homecoming Dance, she's definitely stuck with a dilemma. She can't help but fall for the handsome, mysterious, senior but wonders how much he knows about the Squad and their cover. Does he know they are secret spies? Is he really using her to get to the Squad? Or does he really like her?
And worst of all, someone knows who Toby is and someone is trying to kill her ...
This second story in the Squad series is just as good as the first. I thoroughly enjoyed it due to the sarcastic humor that Jennifer Lynn Barnes gives to Toby and her dislike for cheerleaders and all things pink and glittery. This story had more action and definitely more intrigue as you wonder what will happen to Toby. There is also more character development and you follow Toby as she starts to develop bonds with her teammates.
I'm so sad that this is the last book to day for the series and there isn't any future plans to continue with this series! I absolutely loved it and I think it has such a great storyline! I really wish I can read more because I definitely want to have some of my questions answered.
My personal favorite quote in this story is "OMG with a side of WTF!". Hilarious! (less)
Toby Klein is a sixteen year old girl attending Bayport High. She's a rebel, fierce, brave and a social outcast. She starts to receive some encrypted...moreToby Klein is a sixteen year old girl attending Bayport High. She's a rebel, fierce, brave and a social outcast. She starts to receive some encrypted messages from the popular Varsity Cheerleading Squad about upcoming try-outs. What do the cheerleaders want with her? She just wants to melt into the background and protect her little brother, Noah, from school bullies. Well, after some curiosity that Toby has surrounding the mysterious notes, she decides to go to the try-outs just because it will get her out of detention. What she ends up finding out brings her down further into the rabbit hole.
You follow Toby into Wonderland has she finds out that the Varsity Cheerleading Squad is actually a cover for a group of teenage girl spies. And as she gets recruited, her life turns upside down. Now she has to juggle cheerleading, popularity and spy work all at the same time. And don't forget that she can't fall for her mark, Jack Peyton, Bayport High's Most Eligible Bachelor.
I was surprised at how much I really enjoyed this story. I thought it was ridiculously funny. I laughed out loud a couple of times because reading Toby's thoughts and her sarcasm was hilarious. I think Jennifer Lynn Barnes has a great sense of humor.
I liked the mission and the different operations that were executed as well as the teamwork involved with all the other characters aside from Toby. You learn to love all the characters in the Squad as well as Toby's younger brother, Noah, who is hilarious.
I checked on the author's site and read that she only has one other story for this series. I'm so bummed that she's not continuing with it as it's such a great storyline. Who would ever suspect spies as being cheerleaders? And yet, they are masters at what they do. Throw that in with all the high school drama and you have a great, fun, light read!
The book follows up with Clarissa Fray, being told that there is a way to wake her mother up from her coma. She has to travel to Idris to find a warlock who has placed her mother under a spell.
You follow Clary and her journey into Idris which is not an easy journey and forbidden since she has entered Idris illegally along with Luke, a werewolf Shadowhunter, who is sort of like her father figure.
From there she meets a cast of new characters. She is introduced to Sebastian, another Shadowhunter who is mysterious and willing to help her but things don't seem right about him. She also meets Amatis, Luke's sister and some other Council members, in which some have been corrupted by Valentine.
I did get frustrated again with Clary for being irrational and making stupid decisions but in a way she has to be like that in order to find herself stuck in certain situations in the book.
There is a lot going on in this third book of the series. You're constantly wondering what will happen next as Clary and Jace unravel more and more secrets about their past and their family history while trying to stop Valentine from completing his task of eliminating the world of Downworlders and creating a pure race of Shadowhunters.
There is still the growing relationship between Jace and Clary in which it's difficult to think of them being brother and sister and yet they have a strong bond to each other. Overall, I was originally turned off by their relationship from the first book where I didn't want to continue reading the series because I thought it was disturbing but after reading some spoilers online and finding out that they aren't actually brother and sister, it made me want to continue with reading the rest of the series. I did enjoy reading this last book because you find out all the hidden secrets and what really happened and everything comes full circle at the end.
I thought there was a lot of intrigue and the constant movement of things happening that there wasn't a boring moment or slow moment that would've turned me off from it. This last book did a great job in answering a lot of unanswered questions from the first two books.
I was surprised to find out that there is now six books in this series and that the fourth book is scheduled to come out in the Spring. It seems as if this third book really ended on a good note but if there is still more, I am interested in continuing to read it. (less)
**spoiler alert** Graceling, is a story about a girl, Katsa, an eighteen year old Graceling and her special ability. She is a lady killer and feared a...more**spoiler alert** Graceling, is a story about a girl, Katsa, an eighteen year old Graceling and her special ability. She is a lady killer and feared among everyone living within the seven kingdoms. As a thug of Randa, King of the Middluns, she struggles with right and wrong and a sense of her own independence.
The beginning of the story, immediately captured my attention with a mysterious mission that you follow Katsa on. Someone has been kidnapped and Katsa is trying to find out why he was kidnapped. On her mission, she mets another Graced fighter, Po, who intrigues her making her wonder who this person is and what he is all about.
You soon find out that Katsa is part of a secret group that she formed called the Council. The Council was setup to achieve balance among the royal power of the seven kingdoms. They work on missions to ensure that the kings are not abusing their powers and soon you're following Katsa on her mission to unravel the mysterious kidnapping.
In this fantastical world that Kristin Cashore creates, you're immediately thrown into a story of a strong heroine as she learns about herself, love, friendship and sacrifice.
The romance in this story is touching and I enjoyed reading about Katsa's incredible journey. I would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to immerse yourself in a unique world where select humans have special abilities, hence, known as Gracelings, and a twisted world of kings and power with castles, dungeons, and sword-fighting. (less)
**spoiler alert** Just when you think sequels aren't ever as good as the first book, this has proven me wrong. Suzanne Collins does it again with the...more**spoiler alert** Just when you think sequels aren't ever as good as the first book, this has proven me wrong. Suzanne Collins does it again with the second book of the The Hunger Games Trilogy. Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mallmark have returned from winning the Hunger Games. They are to set out on their Victory Tour and enjoy their new found lives of being rich and famous. However, their victory at the Hunger Games has pissed off the Capitol and now they are being watched. Throw that in with the 75th Hunger Games/Quarter Quell and Peeta and Katniss are inevitably fighting for their lives all over again.
I was extremely impressed that this second story was able to retain my interest and excitement. I thought after winning the 74th Hunger Games that there wouldn't be much to talk about but I was completely wrong. Suzanne Collins weaves an intricate web of politics, dictatorship, and rebellion all into the life of a seventeen-year-old girl.
The twists and turns in this story has you questioning everyone and their motives. You're with Katniss every step of the way wondering who really is an ally or who is faking it. The suspense of the Quarter Quell has you on edge wondering what's going to happen. Who is going to live or die.
I like the fact that the author isn't afraid to kill off her characters. It's tragic and bold but it makes you want to read more. You're dying to find out what's going to happen next after each chapter.
The ending of this book leaves you wanting more and now I can't wait to read Mockingjay. Though I'm lucky to wait only two weeks, I have no idea how others have had to wait for longer than that.
This series is a page turner and makes you want to keep reading. It's addicting and I'm completely obsessed. (less)
Suzanne Collins creates a unique and twisted world of Panem seen through the eyes of Katniss Everdeen. A 16-year old girl who was forced to grow up ea...moreSuzanne Collins creates a unique and twisted world of Panem seen through the eyes of Katniss Everdeen. A 16-year old girl who was forced to grow up early and take care of her family by hunting for food (illegally) in a world where starvation is the norm. The Annual Hunger Games starts up and Katniss is thrown into an arena to fight for her life.
I was initially shocked at the violence that the story creates around the Hunger Games. 24 kids (called tributes) are chosen from 12 districts. One boy and one girl aged anywhere from 12 to 18. They are to fight to the death until there is only one left standing. And the disturbing part is that the entire world of Panem is forced to watch this for their enjoyment.
The idea of something so horrible makes you sick but you are glued into wanting to read every page of this book. You want to know what happens next as each chapter leaves off on a suspenseful note. In addition to that, there is love thrown in and yet, what happens if you end up having to kill each other off?
The book is really good. Definitely one of my favorites. I absolutely enjoyed every page of it. The twists and suspense has you on edge every minute.
I will definitely continue with reading the series. I can't wait to start! (less)
**spoiler alert** I decided to test out reading some of Meg Cabot's books. She has a long list of books and different series. I decided to try out the...more**spoiler alert** I decided to test out reading some of Meg Cabot's books. She has a long list of books and different series. I decided to try out the Mediator Series because it sounded interesting enough for me. And I really enjoyed it.
The story is about Suze Simon, a sixteen year old girl, who can see and talk to ghosts. She moves to Carmel with her mom, new stepdad and three stepbrothers.
At a new house and new school, she of course, encounters ghosts. Interesting enough is that you follow her along her journey with trying to discover the mystery of the ghost that haunts her home as well as the ghost that haunts her school.
I enjoyed the fact that she's a typical high school girl but with a chip on her shoulder. She's stubborn but also has a sharp tongue and doesn't let anyone push her around. She's a strong protagonist and does some serious butt kicking.
I also enjoyed her relationship with her new stepbrothers especially the budding relationship she has with her youngest stepbrother. The story also builds her relationship with new friends as well as another mediator at her school.
The story was an easy, fun read and definitely has the mystery and suspense thrown in along with the drama that comes with the everyday life of a teenage girl.
I recently downloaded a sample of this story on my Kindle. I was curious to read some of Mr. Darcy's POV's from Pride and Prejudice. Upon reading the...moreI recently downloaded a sample of this story on my Kindle. I was curious to read some of Mr. Darcy's POV's from Pride and Prejudice. Upon reading the sample, I ended up purchasing the rest of the book.
I thoroughly enjoyed Mary Street's interpretation of Mr. Darcy and his side of the story. It gives great insight into his character and demeanor as well as his struggling internal conflict of giving up his pride to marry the one that he loves.
The story starts off with Mr. Darcy at the ball where he first sees Elizabeth Bennett. The story further develops into his character explaining his arrogance and conceit. Eventually, it goes through his struggle of his affection toward Elizabeth and how he has to control his feelings around her. His feelings for her start to grow and eventually he ends up proposing to Elizabeth but is shocked to find that she hates him. He takes all of her allegations to heart and slowly starts to change in order to become a better person even if he can't win her heart.
I first read this book because of all the buzz with everyone saying how it was really good. I actually bought the hard cover book which had an appendi...moreI first read this book because of all the buzz with everyone saying how it was really good. I actually bought the hard cover book which had an appendix of all the photos referenced in the story. I could not put this book down since the moment I picked it up.
I liked the action and suspense that Dan Brown so thoroughly gives throughout the story. You're wondering who is the enemy the entire time and I liked the twist in the end.
I also liked the references to the historical and artistic works in France which was great to read about. The author does a great job at being descriptive and painting the picture in your mind of what's happening. You really move along with the story and become entranced with it. (less)
**spoiler alert** I really liked this book because it was the end of the series but I wasn't too happy about the deaths in the end. It was definitely...more**spoiler alert** I really liked this book because it was the end of the series but I wasn't too happy about the deaths in the end. It was definitely a blood bath and it was sad reading about all the characters that had to die. The story was a little confusing regarding the wands but overall, I loved it. (less)
I wasn't that aware of the series until I was at a friend's house and watched the movie on DVD. I was completely addicted to the storyline. I ended up...moreI wasn't that aware of the series until I was at a friend's house and watched the movie on DVD. I was completely addicted to the storyline. I ended up buying the book and finishing it in two days. I absolutely loved the story because of the introduction to Harry, the main characters and the magical world of Hogwarts. The creativity and imagination of J.K. Rowling is amazing.
The Harry Potter series is definitely one of the best series out there because of the storyline and the fantastical world that J.K. Rowling brings to life in the words of her pages. (less)
**spoiler alert** Moving on to the last book of the series, I was anxiously trying to figure out who Bella chooses. Edward or Jacob?
What I didn't exp...more**spoiler alert** Moving on to the last book of the series, I was anxiously trying to figure out who Bella chooses. Edward or Jacob?
What I didn't expect was all the craziness that came with it. At first you start off reading the book in Bella's POV and then it switches to Jacob's POV which I nearly wanted to skip because I can't stand Jacob. I had to endure it though to figure out what was going on and what was happening even if I wasn't happy about it.
I did have mixed feelings about this book because I liked that Edward and Bella finally get together and that they get married but the whole pregnancy thing with Renesmee was definitely weird. First of all to have a half human, half vampire child? ... yeah, not sure that made sense at all. I think Stephenie Meyer wanted to figure out a way to make Bella become a vampire and the only way to do it was to have Bella's life threatened by the birth of their half human, half vampire child. Oh dear ...
Now with Jacob imprinting on Renesmee that part was strange. Of course, I was sure that Stephenie Meyer had to fix her problem with what was going to happen to Jacob and created the suspense of if Jacob could imprint on Bella once she turned into a vampire. So instead, she throws everyone for a loop by having Jacob imprint on Bella and Edward's baby. WHAT?! I can understand her wanting Jacob to have a happy ending but I don't think this was the way to go.
And of course, the whole book is building up to a huge fight in the end which I was highly anticipating. I was pretty nervous that some characters would get killed off. But in the end, nothing happened. No fight, no nothing. It was all just talk with the mighty powerful Volturi. A dismal ending to say the least.
Of course, I wouldn't have wanted her to kill off any of the Cullens for that matter but I was hoping someone would've died or that there would've been some hand to hand combat. But there was none, no one laid a finger on anyone! It was ridiculous.
I think I'm torn with book because I do like the happy ending but the way Stephenie Meyer went about getting to that happy ending was just wrong. I expected more from this book and it fell flat.
**spoiler alert** After reading the first two books, it was apparent that I had to read this book. I actually read it on my entire flight back to Pari...more**spoiler alert** After reading the first two books, it was apparent that I had to read this book. I actually read it on my entire flight back to Paris. I finished it in 12 hours, not stopping to put it down at all. I think I was literally going to go blind at this point.
Overall, I was debating about giving this a three star rating or four star rating. Though I'm leaning more toward the four star because there is action in this and I think that part of it was portrayed well in the book.
What upset me most in this book was that Bella "all of a sudden" realizes that she has feelings for Jacob. She ends up having more than friendly feelings toward Jacob which completely threw me off because from the first two books she only thinks of Jacob as a friend. Her best friend.
I was completely disappointed in Stephenie Meyer with the fact that she wrote an amazing story about the power of love between two people but yet she had to throw in a third wheel to spice up the mix. The thing that got me was the way she did it. It didn't seem like she had planned it out at all nor did it seem as if she anticipated this happening from what I've read. It was practically a chapter in the book where Jacob forces himself to kiss Bella (which made me pissed off). And then Poof! Bella realizes she is in love with Jacob. Though her love for Jacob isn't as strong as her love for Edward.
WTF? Honestly, that made me want to throw the book across the airplane and chuck it out the window! I can understand her need to create drama but really, she should thought it out more clearly when she wrote the first two books rather than spring this on us last minute.
I do like the suspense in building up toward the newborn army and the match against Victoria but other than that, the romance part in this book really got me down. It just made Bella Swan seem even more of a pushover as she willing kisses Jacob when she is dating Edward and then realizes she loves Jacob but then really truly loves Edward. HUH?! (less)
**spoiler alert** After reading Twilight, I ran to the bookstore to buy the next three books of the series. I couldn't put it down. I was completely o...more**spoiler alert** After reading Twilight, I ran to the bookstore to buy the next three books of the series. I couldn't put it down. I was completely obsessed. I think that Stephenie Meyer's storyline locks you in and doesn't spit you back out until you're completely done with the story.
After reading all four stories, I would say that New Moon came in as my second favorite story. I almost gave up on it because a majority of the story was focused on Bella and Jacob and their budding friendship.
I almost couldn't stand reading the Jacob parts because in my opinion, he's an immature little boy. I was desperately wondering when and if Edward would return. Luckily, after reading about 75% of the book, Edward does return and the rest of the story I thoroughly enjoyed. I loved the parts in Volterra, Italy which gave a great glimpse into the Volturi.
While again, I had to cringe at some moments in the story, I was pretty upset that Bella was again portrayed as a pushover. I couldn't stand the fact that she didn't give Edward a hard time when he returned and pretty much just welcomed him back with open arms. I was truly waiting for some conflict or angst on Edward's part but there was none. The only angst he had to endure was thinking that Bella died and then running off to Italy to off himself. That was it.
I still like the story, I was just hoping that it would've been slightly different had Stephenie Meyer written Bella to be a stronger character.
I started reading this book because I first saw the trailer to the film and it peaked my interest. I was suddenly thrown into the world of Twilight.
I...moreI started reading this book because I first saw the trailer to the film and it peaked my interest. I was suddenly thrown into the world of Twilight.
I bought it on a whim when I went to the mall with my mom on one of my business trips back to the US. I started reading it that night and couldn't put the book down. I ended up finishing it in two days. I have never read so quickly in my life. And it has been awhile since I've been interested in reading at all. I stopped reading on a leisure level since high school.
This has become one of my favorite books. It is definitely my favorite of the Twilight series because it's the introduction to the Cullens and to Bella Swan. It also focuses on the love story between Bella and Edward which just completely mesmerized me. The love story told between these two is amazing and swoon-worthy.
There were times when I cringed at some of the lines written. I do admit that Stephenie Meyer might not be the greatest writer out there but she did come up with this story which I love. She created characters that I have come to love reading about and all I want is more.
While reading it, you have to keep in mind that's meant for a young adult audience. Though, I do agree at times that Bella does seem over infatuated with Edward, I think that the story has a bit of action mixed in with romance which is what I love. (less)