I first, like many, heard about the Pretty Little Liars series because of the hype of the ABC family television show. I still have yet to see the showI first, like many, heard about the Pretty Little Liars series because of the hype of the ABC family television show. I still have yet to see the show because of my personal rule of reading before watching. When beginning the book, I was turned off by the constant talk of clothes, brands, and other petty things. Books about who’s dating who, wearing what, and finding a special cliché message at the end are not for me. But I journeyed on and was somewhat surprised. Although in the first book you must read farther in that usual to find interesting tid bits that brought the book its fame. The book reads with five young girls (Aria, Hannah, Emily, Spencer, and Ali) being best friends, having a sleepover. When a small dispute causes Ali to leave, never to be seen again. We come back four years later where the four girls have grown apart. One by one, the girls receive text messages and emails signed “A”, threatening to reveal secrets. Secrets that only Ali, presumed dead, knew. This book is weighted down with a lot of rich girl drama related to clothes and other (in my opinion) stupid things. However, as the plot thickens the book does get better. Reader be warned, you will not find the answer to the big question in this book and will need to be in it for the long haul (12 books planned so far). As of yet, I am only on the third book and am anxious to find answers. This book is worth reading, but continuing with sequels depends on your patience level. ...more
Amy and her parents were meant to wake up 300 years in the future to help colonize Centauri-Earth. But Amy's plans have changed when she is crudely unAmy and her parents were meant to wake up 300 years in the future to help colonize Centauri-Earth. But Amy's plans have changed when she is crudely unfrozen 50 years ahead of schedule. Elder is the leader in training of Godspeed. He is the only one his age on the entire ship, until Amy is unfrozen. Together Amy and Elder find lie after lie in the supposed history of Sol-Earth and the ship. And if a corrupt leader isn't enough, someone is trying to kill off the frozen colonists. "Across the Universe" is a tale of murder, mystery, and madness, with a little love thrown in. This book had a solid story line and didn't over do the romance aspect. My only complaint is that it slows down in between major events. Good story, good subject matter, if you like science fiction you’ll like “Across the Universe”. ...more
Aisling, nicknamed Ash, has lived in the country town of Rook Hill her entire life. It is believed that fairies still live deep in the Wood. The peoplAisling, nicknamed Ash, has lived in the country town of Rook Hill her entire life. It is believed that fairies still live deep in the Wood. The people of Rook Hill still live by the old superstitions of fairy tale. After the death of Ash’s mother, the question consumes her, are the fairy tales real? Torn by her grief, Ash begins sleeping on her mother’s grave. The local greenwitch tries to warn Ash’s father of the dangers deep in the forest, but he doesn’t listen. Very suddenly, Ash’s father remarries, leaving Ash with an evil stepmother and two stepsisters. She ventures into the Wood and comes across a fairy man in all white. Upon returning home, Ash finds her father fatally ill. After her father’s funeral, she is forced to move away from her beloved home and move with her stepfamily to West Riding. Her stepmother forces her to work as her house maid to pay former debts. Sound familiar? “Ash” is a retelling of Cinderella with a magical twist. You won’t find any fairy godmothers or talking mice in this story. “Ash” is a unique story that is both well written and enchanting. Although controversial as far as romance is concerned, no matter what your standing you will become a fan of “Ash”. ...more
Nadira and her family illegally immigrated to the United States from Bangladesh years ago. After September 11th, the U.S. government has been crackingNadira and her family illegally immigrated to the United States from Bangladesh years ago. After September 11th, the U.S. government has been cracking down on all of the immigrants in their area. Her father, called Abba, is nervous and tries to get asylum at Canada’s borders. Unfortunately, they are turned away. When recrossing the border, Abba is arrested because his long expired visa. Nadira and her older sister Aisha must return to school in New York alone, and try to get Abba out of prison. This book’s plot was okay, although nothing special. My reason for choosing it was for its more unique subject matter. The ending was too cliché for my taste. ...more
Book 3 of the Forest Of Hands And Teeth series comes from the point of view of Annah, Gabry’s twin sister. Things have certainly changed since Gabry l Book 3 of the Forest Of Hands And Teeth series comes from the point of view of Annah, Gabry’s twin sister. Things have certainly changed since Gabry left Vista. The Rebellion has turned the Recruiters into a feared, monstrous authority. Annah had just about given up hope of ever seeing Elias again. When crossing the bridge out on the Dark City, she sees her twin sister going the other direction. In her search for her sister she meets Catcher, an Immune traveling with her sister. He brings news the Elias is not dead and has been looking for her. They are all brought together when a massive horde engulfs the island, forcing them onto the Recruiter’s island. But they will never be safe on an island of men. They must escape, but how do you escape off an island without a way off.
This book shows how the Return hit New York (the Dark City), and exploring the subway system. I did like this book. However, it still follows the same plot line of the other two books; the main character has to pick between two men and fight zombies. I liked that you find more out about how the Return affected the present world. I would give this book 3 stars because of the repeating plot. ...more
I was pleasantly surprised in this change in venue, McMann most commonly known for her bestselling "Wake" trilogy. The book takes place in the small I was pleasantly surprised in this change in venue, McMann most commonly known for her bestselling "Wake" trilogy. The book takes place in the small town of Cryer's Cross, home to a whopping 212 residents. A student, sophomore with Tiffany Quinn, has gone missing. After searching and coming up empty, the town goes on. Town resident Kendall Fletcher has OCD and when a second student goes missing, her whole world turns upside down. With a scary supernatural side to the story paired with the books unique written style, this book’s definitely worth reading....more