I personally loved this book. HELLO, there are jinnis in it! How many books have you read with jinnis? The setting is fantastic, the adventure is even...moreI personally loved this book. HELLO, there are jinnis in it! How many books have you read with jinnis? The setting is fantastic, the adventure is even better.
The story follows Najwa, a jinni spy who is sent to spy on humans since the jinni and humans have been at war since she was a baby. People have this misconception that jinnis are soulless, evil creatures who are are there to make wishes for human demands. In fact, Najwa is somewhat delicate. She's thrown into this world that is totally unfamiliar to her, and she has to try and convince everyone she is in fact human.
We also follow Zayele, a human girl who is forced to marry the prince of Baghdad. Zayele is on her way to the kingdom when she happens to see Najwa, a jinni who looks just like her. Zayele is so desperate to get back to her hometown, to her blind brother who is alone without her, that she makes a wish on Najwa. She makes a fire wish, one of the most powerful wishes a human can make, so that Najwa will take her place and Zayele would be sent back home. Only something seems to go wrong with the wish because she ends up in the Jinni Kingdom.
The romance of the story is somewhat instant, but what do you expect from two teenagers who see incredibly hot men they're attracted to for the first time? It's forbidden, it's new, it's different, it's realistic! God knows I instacrushed on many guys when I was that age.
Overall, I loved this book. I was highly entertained, and it took me to a new world that I hadn't experienced before.
#scandal IS different from Sarah Ockler's books, but it's just as good. There is more to the story than a message about cyber bullying, which is a big...more#scandal IS different from Sarah Ockler's books, but it's just as good. There is more to the story than a message about cyber bullying, which is a big issue, but first and foremost, there's an actual story. Ockler doesn't beat the message over your head. While it's there, the story is what's most prevalent. As it should be. There are characters with feelings, flaws, and everything teenagers feel.
I instantly related to Lucy. She's an online gamer girl, something I've been off and on for a while now. She would rather stay home slaying zombies with her online crew than hang out with the kids at school. That is until one night she's thrown into one of the biggest scandals Lavender Oaks has seen. Lucy has been secretly crushing on Cole since she first laid eyes on him, but her best friend Ellie asked him out first. When Ellie comes down with the flu, she begs Lucy to give up her night of zombie carnage to go to prom with Cole so he won't have to go to his senior prom alone. She even gives Lucy her dress to wear. The only caveat is she has to keep Ellie informed on all things prom the whole night.
Things get messy when Cole kisses Lucy under the stars. It's everything Lucy has ever wanted, but she instantly feels like she betrayed her best friend, which let's face it, she did. This isn't something she can give gush to Ellie about all the juicy details. Then the secrets and scandals start. Lucy finds out Ellie lied to her; she and Cole had broken up before prom. Now I know there's "girl code" but come on! If Lucy and Cole have both loved each other for a long time, then why can't they be together? The heart wants what the heart wants. Can't fault a girl for that. But that's exactly what the ENTIRE school does. If you've ever been bullied, cyber or in real life, you will relate to this book. If you've ever been betrayed by someone you love, you will relate to this book. If you've ever betrayed someone you love, you will relate to this book. I don't know anyone who DOESN'T fall into one of those categories.
What I personally loved was how Lucy grew from someone who was too quick to judge into someone who graduated with way more friends than she started out with, even if she lost a couple along the way. She learned you can't always judge someone on how they look, what their personality is like, etc. There is always more to a person than the persona they show in public.
I loved #scandal, and I can't wait to read Ockler's next book! Pick up #scandal. You won't be disappointed.(less)
Where to even start? DEAD JED is amazing. It takes true talent to write a book that's witty and has such clever humor. That's exactly what DEAD JED ha...moreWhere to even start? DEAD JED is amazing. It takes true talent to write a book that's witty and has such clever humor. That's exactly what DEAD JED has. Jed is a middle school zombie. He always carries duct tape, staples, and whatever else he needs to make sure his appendages stay on. Jed is resilient to say the least. He is constantly bullied by Robbie, the school's number one d-bag. He makes a game of tearing Jed's arm off or humiliating him in any way possible.Jed is clever, though. He comes up with a brilliant plan to prank Robbie and make him think twice about who he bullies next.
There's a little romance, a lot of humor, and even more heart. This author is truly talented, and I can't wait for the sequel. If you have someone in your family who loves an upper middle grade novel, or if you're an adult who wants to veg out for a few hours and laugh frequently, then I HIGHLY recommend DEAD JED. Please, the whole world needs to read this novel. Share the news once you've finished it.(less)
This book is a lot of fun. Sungenis has written a comic book in a novel format. There are superheroes, villains, love, and death. SIDEKICK: THE MISADV...moreThis book is a lot of fun. Sungenis has written a comic book in a novel format. There are superheroes, villains, love, and death. SIDEKICK: THE MISADVENTURES OF THE NEW SCARLET KNIGHT has something for everyone. Check it out if you like clever humor and comic books.(less)