The Lying Game (#1) Sara Shepard 307 pages 2010 intended audience: Young Adult
In "The Lying game", Foster child Emma finds out that she has a long lost t...moreThe Lying Game (#1) Sara Shepard 307 pages 2010 intended audience: Young Adult
In "The Lying game", Foster child Emma finds out that she has a long lost twin sister named Sutton. However what she doesn't know is that Sutton is really dead and her ghost is following her around. Emma goes to "visit" Sutton, but is blackmailed to stay and pretend to be Sutton by her killer. And if she tells anyone who she really is, then the killer will come for her too!
To set the scene a little bit better, here are some other key elements. The setting is modern-day Arizona. However, it could be located somewhere else for the most part as long as everything was set in the same time. The protagonists are: Emma and Sutton, main characters, and Madeline and Charlotte. The protagonists are Suttons killer and Travis.
I give this book four stars. I think it was a really good book, but just not one of the best books I have read. One of the reasons I liked this book is because in this book Sara Shepard has this odd technique of sharing all of the characters thoughts and feelings when only one person is telling this story to you in person. For example, on page 81 (nook pages) Sara Shepard expresses what Emma is thinking about something and then Sutton tells you what she thinks.
"Emma balled up the uniform in her hands. No one had ever been so blatantly mean to her before. Nisha really had it out for Sutton. I was thinking the same thing, too. And it actually kind of made me nervous." -Sutton Mercer
It really pulls you into the emotional setting of the story too and gets you thinking like the characters and for me that was really fun. She also does it on page 24 of the nook book and says:
" 'Who are you?" Emma whispered, a shiver running up her spine. I wished I could answer her." -Sutton Mercer
One possible theme for this book could be: "Rude and harmful actions will never be forgotten and will come back to bite you in the butt." This ties in to "The Lying Game" because in the book it explains how rude Sutton was and how she did some mean things. Now, she was killed because someone wanted revenge and so that was how she was bitten in the butt.
I would definetly recommed this book to teenage girls. It is a fun read and is a great book for those of you who like non-fiction and mystery book. It is a unique book because it makes you think about different outcomes of events and possible culprits or scenarios. It is different and very fun to read. I hope you enjoy this book and the rest of the series!(less)
In "Beautiful Chaos", Lena and Ethan need to restore the or...more**spoiler alert** Beautiful Chaos By: Kami Garcia 528 pages 2011 intended audience: Young Adult
In "Beautiful Chaos", Lena and Ethan need to restore the order before a villanous order is created. They must also battle human, non-human, and non-earthly antagonists. They have to get rid of evil relatives without letting feelings get in the way, battle beastly creatures and conquer the wheel of fate. Lena and Ethan must put others needs ahead of their own love in order to protect their loved ones.
In this book there are so many antagonists that there are to may to name. However, the protagonists are Lena and Ethan (main) then comes Link, Amma, Macon, Liv, and John Breed. These may seem like a lot of characters but they all tie in to the story and make it VERY important.
I gave this book four stars because it was full of adventure and entertaining. Most of the time. Sometimes it got a little boring, but was still a good book. I ejoyed this book, even the ending, but it kept me always on my toes. For example, on page 324 (nook pages) you are enticed in a long, but very cool scene and she is very descriptive to help keep you in the scene and be anxious to see what will happen. For example it says; "I was standing on top of the white water tower, with my back to the sun." The author describes things to put an image in your head so you can visualize the scenario, but also leaves you asking questions that you will want the answer to.
One theme of this book might be; "Those who think with their brain AND their heart will be rewarded." I would relate this them to the book, but I don't want to spoil anything. :) However, I would like to recommend this book to all the fantasy lovers out there who can read long books. Especially "Harry Potter" fans. I would however not recommend this to any kids under the age of eleven. I say this not because I think they wouldn't like it, but because some of the scenarios are a little hard for even me to understand at the age of fourteen. I think some things are a little complex and it would be hard for them to read this for so long.
I love this book and I think it is unique because it has its own world and its own rules that makes it interesting and you feel like you are in the same spot as the main character, Ethan, and have to learn all of the rules. This is a great read all-in-all and I hope some of you readers out there pick up this book or series to read. However, !WARNING! Do not read this book first out of the whole caster series. (less)
Fourteen year old Emily Wood is getting bullied by the "popular" girl at school. Her self-esteem is low and she...moreBrand-New Emily by: Ginger Rue 240 pages
Fourteen year old Emily Wood is getting bullied by the "popular" girl at school. Her self-esteem is low and she wants other people to like her and take down the bully. She then hires a publacist and together they create "Brand Em". Emily changes her hair, clothes, and even part of her personality. However, did she really change for the best? When Emily has a crush on a guy that likes her too, he gets a bitter taste of "Em" and he starts to back off. Heatherly, the school bully, sees this as a weakness and tries to take her down. Will Emily lose her friends, the guy she likes and herself to become "Brand Em"?
This book is recommended to girls ages 12 to 17. It is a about a fourteen year old girl who is being bullied at school. Her self esteem is low and she wants to become popular. This realistic-fiction is based in a modern time and is easy to relate to for most girls. However, I only gave it three stars because the main character started to become a bratt and it was becoming boring and made you want to put the book down and walk away from the storyline. For instance, the theme for this book would be "Change isn't always for the better." Because Emily changes herself to make other people like her, but she dosn't make herself any better. She gets worse and does not become a very good example.
I do not like this book very much because I think Emily becomes to self centered and stuck up. For example, on page 198, Emily was mean to Heatherly and then Heatherly told her she was mad at her and all Emily had to say was "Ooh, thats too bad. Thats probably going to rule out any chance of my putting in a good word for you next year." and she walks away with her nose in the air. And on page 212, her friends from a high society club make her ask an overwieght girl how she gained all the weight, so, to stay in the club she walks up to the girl and says "You know, how did you become to weigh so much?" She then just walks back to her group. She dosn't care about anybody else. I am so disappointed.(less)
Rebecca is a normal teenage girl from New York. Her life is perfectly fine until her dad has to take a business tr...moreRuined By Paula Morris 2010 309 pages.
Rebecca is a normal teenage girl from New York. Her life is perfectly fine until her dad has to take a business trip to China but can't take her. Rebecca now has to live in run down New Orleans with some creepy family friends. And to make it all worse, Rebecca has to go to a snooty private school where she can't even talk to some girls because she is not in their society level. Life is just getting worse for her, the only person who will even pretend she exists is cute, Anton Grey. Rebecca thinks that things are turning up when Anton starts to like her and she meets a cool, mysterious friend named Lisette. But Lisette is a ghost. Rebecca now has to help solve a great mystery and break a family curse.
I liked this book a lot. One thing I liked was all the mystery and adventure. For example, on page 290 the author is taking a one little action and turning it into this great event. "Not the sound of the stone angel shattering on the steps of the tomb, but of the stone slamming into Helena, striking her on the skull and knocking her to the ground." She can add a whole lot intensity to a situation by adding mystery. Page 281, "A hand slapped across her mouth, pressing so tight Rebecca could barely breath. She squirmed, trying to shout, trying to move, but she was pinned in place by her costume and whoever was trying to keep her quiet." I gave this book 4 stars and I think that it is still a fair rating. I ejoyed the book, especaially at the end. However, for a while it was hard to get into and make myself read.
The intended aundience of this book is ags 12 and up and I agree with that. I have to say that I think that girls would enjoy it more that boys though because they could relate to Rebecca better and what she is going through. I think guys would still enjoy the book, but not as much. (less)
Torn : missing series #4 Margaret Peterson Haddix 2011. 344 pages
In Torn, Jonah and Katherine are sent back to 1611 to save Henry Hudson's son John Hud...moreTorn : missing series #4 Margaret Peterson Haddix 2011. 344 pages
In Torn, Jonah and Katherine are sent back to 1611 to save Henry Hudson's son John Hudson. However, this time there is a twist, Jonah has to take the place of John Hudson. Jonah now has to convince everybody on Hudson's ship that he is John Hudson. Now not only does Jonah have to save time, he now has to save John Hudson without being killed himself. To make matters worse, he arrives in the middle of a mutiny against Henry Hudson. He is all alone now since Katherine must stay invisible. The pressure in on when Second comes back and is creating more mischief than ever. Andrea, Antonio, Brendan and JB are still stuck in 1600 and if Jonah dosn't save John Hudson, then they will be stuck there forever.
I absolutely love this book, I definetly give it 5 stars. One thing I love about it is the description in the book. Pg. 252 "The bear growled then, a sound that seemed to shake the earth." She just seems to make the intense momengts even better. Page 285. "Jonah sat there panting for a moment, tring to draw oxygen from the baked air into his lungs." This book is great, it combines non-fiction history with some fiction sci-fi. It makes it a great read and is very fun to read. I just fell in love with this book. I would defintetly recomend this book to anyone who loves a good book and likes to read about mysteries or realistic-fictiion.(less)
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
16 year old Ethan Wate from South Carolina can not wait to get out of his small hometown because i...moreBeautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
16 year old Ethan Wate from South Carolina can not wait to get out of his small hometown because it is so plain and boring. Until he starts to have these strange and very realistic dreams about a strange girl he has never met. He starts to blow it off when the girl from his dreams move into to town with the town outcast who is her uncle. Ethan tries to get close to her and find out why he has been dreaming about her, he finds out that Lena and her family are casters and everything is not what it seems. Lenas 16th birthday is in a couple of days and in her family, you turn either light or dark. Can Ethan and Lena find the answers before her birthday?
One thing I like about the book was the personification. For example, on page 543 the authors wrote. "My skin felt like it was peeling off, but I knew it was actually burning. It just makes the story more interesting and makes it come alive. Page 207. "Even though it was a sunny day, I was caught under my own personal shadow."
I would recomend this book to people who love mystery and fantasy. I loved this book and I think that other people would too. I gave this book five stars and I can not wait to read the sequel.(less)