A quick read with some depth to it! Ash is a modern day Cinderella with the new stepmother and stepsisters, except the problems of Ash and some of the...moreA quick read with some depth to it! Ash is a modern day Cinderella with the new stepmother and stepsisters, except the problems of Ash and some of the other teens around her, don’t resemble anything found in fairy tales. This is a clever little book with a little Cinderella, a little modern era problems, a few understated messages about being true to yourself and a little mysterious paranormal type stuff happening. Ash is well developed as are all the teen characters, I especially loved Mouse! The only thing I didn’t like about this book is that the author never really cleared up the paranormal stuff. We don’t really know WHY it was happening at the end of the book.(less)
I couldn’t get all the way through this book. I read about half of it, and put it down (something I rarely do) because it felt like Christian propagan...moreI couldn’t get all the way through this book. I read about half of it, and put it down (something I rarely do) because it felt like Christian propaganda to me, although I really liked the parts about the autistic girl. So I handed it off Faith, a teenager who is Christian. Here’s what she thought: I thought that the story plot was well thought out. Some parts I didn’t like as much as others. However, I thought parts of the plot showed just how hard life can be. It also shows when life gives you lemons you sometimes have to make lemonade. I do believe that Matthias is depicted very poorly. – too bland and not realistic and too perfect. (less)
I’m so happy to have a book about dealing with past sexual abuse that isn’t so graphic that I can’t hand it to teens. The abuse is thoughtfully and ta...moreI’m so happy to have a book about dealing with past sexual abuse that isn’t so graphic that I can’t hand it to teens. The abuse is thoughtfully and tastefully presented, in fact, some kids may not be aware that something like that could be abuse, but it definitely is. There was obviously research done and well utilized. The character of Sarah is well drawn, as are the real and very funny characters at the dog camp and the dogs have their own distinct characters. I enjoyed this book, and any teen that loves dogs will adore it. It could also help kids who have been abused find peace. (less)
Biological terrorists release a virus that kills everyone over the age of 14. This story focuses on the children who are at Isles of Wonder, a Disney-...moreBiological terrorists release a virus that kills everyone over the age of 14. This story focuses on the children who are at Isles of Wonder, a Disney-like theme park. In many ways, these kids may be better off than those outside the park. The park is completely automated and self-contained, with recycling of water and creation of their own electrity. They are gated off from the outside world, and they have several children who are the offspring of employees at the park. They have some specialized knowledge of the park systems, just by listening to their parents talk about their work. Some children step up to become leaders and organize all the things that need to be done. A world without adults, it could be paradise for kids....or could it?
This was an engrosing and interesting book. It's very much like Animal Farm in that it examines the governing system that the kids work out and how it comes about. It looks at the personal relationships between the kids and looks at how people decide how to do the "right" thing. It was a really good book, but the idea of watching your parents die right in front of you, might be disturbing for younger readers. It's not graphically mentioned but as time goes by, some of the older girls do become pregnant. It is fascinating how many of the kids form their own unrelated "families" with older children playing the role of parents.
If you think you can handle the more graphic scenes, you should read this book; it really gives you a lot to think about. (less)
There are a LOT of Teen Vampire novels on the market now and I think I'...moreSucks to be Me - the All-True confessions of Mina Hamilton Teen Vampire (maybe)
There are a LOT of Teen Vampire novels on the market now and I think I've read about 3/4 of them. This one is a worthy addition to the genre. Mina's voice is so clearly just a normal teen girl with loving parents (who happen to be vampires) and a best friend (who she can't confide in regarding the whole vampire thing) and a crush on a boy or two (one of whom is totally into the vampire thing, and one of whom isn't).
Summary: Mina is a 17-year-old girl who has known since she was 10 that her parents were vampires, but it hasn't really affected her average suburban life. True, they don't exactly love sunbathing, and they don't sleep, and they forget to eat, but Mina has adjusted to all that. But the Vampire Council didn't know that Mina existed, and now that they know, she has to attend Vampire Sessions and her weird Uncle Mortimer is her sponsor. Worst of all, she has just 4 weeks to decide if she wants to become a vampire or not. She slowly learns all the things about the vampire life that her parents never told her, in order to give her a normal upbringing. On top of all that, there's a trio of cute to gorgeous boys that seem to suddenly be interested in her. This book is Mina's journal, and Mina never met a situation that couldn't use a good pro and con list along with little chapter header stickers of vampires myths and the truth as Mina sees it.
The most difficult thing about book about alternative worlds is getting the "rules of the world" in there without having a big boring chapter about how the world works. This is a clever way of doing that, we learn what the vampire rules are right along with Mina. The chapter headers of myths and truths with little drawings of bats and other pictures that illustrate the myths are really cute. All the characters are fully drawn, but Mina's voice is what really made me love this book. She's so typically a teen, who thinks a lot of this vampire stuff is TOO GROSS FOR WORDS. I laughed out loud at several places because of Mina's observations.
Light and funny - a GREAT beach read for teens and anyone who likes vampires in any guise! (less)