Synopsis:"What girl doesn't want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn't just surrounded by hot guys, though-she le...moreSynopsis:"What girl doesn't want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn't just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys and that's just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university.
But everything she's ever worked for is threatened when Ty Greeen moves to her school. Not only is he an amazing QB, but he's also amazingly hot. And for the first time, Jordan's feeling vulnerable. Can she keep her head in the game while her heart's on the line?"
My Review: I have no idea what took me so long to read Catching Jordan! I think I loved ever aspect of this book. I grew up as one of the guys and could completely involve myself in this story. Each of the characters were well developed and you couldn't help but love them. In fact I want more of them, I want to know what happens next in their lives. I really enjoyed how Miranda Kenneally put together the story line, while you have the love triangle that seems to be required in every young adult book now, it really didn't take over the story. Catching Jordan also handled emotions and family dynamics of teenage life really well, maybe because of the type of character that Jordan is, while she did have a little meltdown it wasn't overly dramatic (like many of the female characters in YA that drive me bonkers). All in all I loved this book and am looking forward to more from Kenneally!
edit: I totally forgot to mention Kenneally did a fantastic job with all the football terms!! As a huge football fan, I think it would have been disappointing if she hadn't put the extra effort in to get it all right!(less)
Synopsis:"Jen's life of partying and sneaking out has grown stale. So on a whim, Jen makes a bet to turn Trevor, a goody-two-shoes geek, into a "bad...moreSynopsis:"Jen's life of partying and sneaking out has grown stale. So on a whim, Jen makes a bet to turn Trevor, a goody-two-shoes geek, into a "bad boy." As she hangs out with Trevor, however, she finds it's actually kinda fun being a geek. But when Trevor finds out about the bet, Jen must fight for the things she's discovered matter most: friendship, family, and, above all, love."
My Review: Love, Love, Love this book! This is definitely a read in one day kind of book! You can't think about anything else. While it might follow the typical dramatic plot line of nearly all YA romances, there are a lot fun little side points. I love the geekiness of the book (I was definitely a geek and still am). There are also so many underlying themes within Geek Girl about love, loss, personal strength and the power of friends. Not only is the story well developed but so are the characters, even sub characters, you can't help but root for everyone involved. You can't help but laugh and cry with Jen and Trevor. Then you add in Todd, Mrs. Green, Jane, Brian and Pat and you have a great cast of characters everyone can relate to and love. Even first person narration couldn't take away your attention to the book and story. (less)
Synopsis:"When young Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy hi...moreSynopsis:"When young Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his adopted family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of inescapable destiny, magical forces, and powerful people. With only an ancient sword and the instruction of an old,mysterious, hermit storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a Emperor whose evil and power knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands…."
My Review: I was really looking forward to reading this book after seeing the movie a few years ago. Unfortunately it kind of fell flat for me. I don't know if it was the fact that there was so much world building or if I was just expecting something different and more filled with action like the movie. I found the characters not nearly as endearing as I expected either, although I do love Solomnbum (sp?) and Angela. My hope is that the next book in the series has a little more excitement and action as opposed to so much world building and history. (less)
Synopsis:"Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with a...moreSynopsis:"Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug. When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace—or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone."
My Review: The first time I read this book was February of last year, I re-read it multiple times last year because I loved it so much. I found it easy, with Cashore's writing, to really immerse myself in the world of the Seven Kingdoms. I fell in love with the characters, even in their bad times and with their downfalls. Katsa is such a strong character and it was great to watch her come into her own and finally become her own and be comfortable with herself. I was also great to watch her build friendships and relationships with the characters she meets along her journey, even trust others as she hadn't before. Po is of course amazing, though he can be a little self centered at times, but he is always patient with Katsa and tries to do what is best for others. But of all the characters I love Bitterblue the most. Even after all she has been through, or maybe because of it, she is strong, trusting and has more courage than so many others. She is prepared to face any challenge even if it is a large group of grown men with swords, to protect those she loves. A fantastic adventure in a beautifully created world that teaches us to each find our own strength.(less)
Synopsis:"Beautiful creatures called monsters live in the Dells. Monsters have the shape of normal animals: mountain lions, dragonflies, horses, fish...moreSynopsis:"Beautiful creatures called monsters live in the Dells. Monsters have the shape of normal animals: mountain lions, dragonflies, horses, fish. But the hair or scales or feathers of monsters are gorgeously colored-- fuchsia, turquoise, sparkly bronze, iridescent green-- and their minds have the power to control the minds of humans.
Seventeen-year-old Fire is the last remaining human-shaped monster in the Dells. Gorgeously monstrous in body and mind but with a human appreciation of right and wrong, she is hated and mistrusted by just about everyone, and this book is her story."
My Review: Fire ranks easily in my top ten favorite books of all time. It is an emotional yet exciting fantasy tale. Kristin Cashore does a great job of building a unique and amazing new world for us. Her characters are realistic with true emotions, grudges, pain and joy. I loved how characters that weren't even alive anymore when the book takes place still have such a huge role in the book. By the end you feel like you really know each of them personally and are a part of their family (honestly if Brigan was real and I wasn't married I would hunt that man down and marry him). The story line had so many twists and turns that it kept you on your toes, never knowing what to expect next. I also really enjoyed the dark tones of the book, Fire (and pretty much all the other characters too) had so much internal turmoil that it wrenches at your heart. I was laughing at some comments in the books, and crying with them in pain and joy. I could see how someone with her power could abuse it as Cansrel did and it takes more effort not to give into those urges. I really enjoyed the whole depth of this book!
I will make a comment on the fact that some other reviews I have read of Fire were really upset with the feminist agenda that Kristin Cashore supposedly was pushing. I didn't see it as others have, and tend more into the fact that she just followed where her characters led her. I think anyone who writes puts a little of themselves into their characters, and maybe Cashore did add a little of her own values and ideas into Fire but it is her book so she can do that (and I thank her for it)!(less)