This is a beautiful story about a young seal pup that's separated from his mother during Hurricane Sandy. He faces challenges and hardships while tryiThis is a beautiful story about a young seal pup that's separated from his mother during Hurricane Sandy. He faces challenges and hardships while trying to find his way back to her. This courageous little guy perseveres and learns that help can come in all forms. The illustrations in this book are equally as beautiful. There aren't adequate words to describe this gem of a book. This is highly recommended for anyone who loves animals....more
This book frustrated me to no end! I have read many young adult books that I enjoyed very much, but this book aggravated me immensely! This story probThis book frustrated me to no end! I have read many young adult books that I enjoyed very much, but this book aggravated me immensely! This story probably would've worked very well as an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or something...maybe even a 2 parter, but not otherwise.
First of all, the main character spent half her time mooning over a boy. I get it, she's a teenager and teenage hormones can go crazy, but there's a lot going on, people are in danger! I wanted to shake her...."Really? Your best friend is in danger, you might lose her forever...but you want to know why he didn't kiss you???" Ugh!
Now, teens may read this and love this. Maybe it's because I'm not one that I didn't love it. It's very possible. I hope that's true!...more
1st Time Read: 11/10/14-11/16/14 2nd Time Read: 5/1/16-
OMG! For a short while, I was 20 years younger (I wish!!), in college and being the book nerd th1st Time Read: 11/10/14-11/16/14 2nd Time Read: 5/1/16-
OMG! For a short while, I was 20 years younger (I wish!!), in college and being the book nerd that I always have been! LOL. This, to me, was such a fun book! I am so sorry that it had to end! Sequel, anyone?
This is about a girl named, Cath, who is starting her first year of college. She has a twin sister, Wren, who she is super close to. They did everything together growing up...they weren't just sisters they were best friends. But, Wren, who is more outgoing than her sister, wants to meet new people and have new experiences as most freshmen do. She even tells Cath that she doesn't want to room together at school. This devastates Cath, who is scared as it is. Cath is very shy and very bookish. She is obsessed with a series of books about Simon Snow (our Harry Potter) and even writes Simon Snow fanfiction. She is pretty obsessed (not that that is a bad thing. LOL).
The story follows her through her freshmen year; her classes, her hiding in her dorm room, dealing with a cynical roommate and her initially overbearing boyfriend, hiding in her dorm room, desperately trying to reconnect with her sister, a teacher who doesn't consider her fanfiction real literature...and did I mention the hiding in her dorm room? LOL. It's a lot for her to deal with.
I love Cath. I could relate so much to her character and all her insecurities. There are also so many other characters, who just jump off of the page with their personality! I got to know everyone so well, I felt like I was one of them. And her relationships with the people around her was great! The author really knows how to develop her characters.
And along with the story, we get snippets from the Simon Snow books, as well as snippets from Cath's fanfiction. You get so engrossed with all aspects of the story. I would definitely read those Simon Snow books, I want to so badly now!
And all the pop-culture, nerdy references were so much fun! There were times, I was like "Did they just say that?" LOL!
I enjoyed this book so much! And the romantic side of it was very sweet. I just have to say, I wish I was 19 again....I am so totally in love with (view spoiler)[Levi (hide spoiler)]!
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This book really brought me back! Suddenly, I was 16 again, awkward, plain and wanting so much more from life. This tells the sweet love story betweenThis book really brought me back! Suddenly, I was 16 again, awkward, plain and wanting so much more from life. This tells the sweet love story between Eleanor and Park. Eleanor (who I really related to!) is a big girl, with bushy unmanageable hair who wears thrift shop clothes that rarely fit or match. Park isn't exactly one of the cool kids, but kind of friends with everyone. They're forced to sit together on the school bus and what develops is a very real friendship. Neither of them know what to say or do, which makes it that much more real and believable.
I don't want to say much more, because watching them maneuver through all the awkward moments is one of the things that makes this book so special. Neither of them knows what to say or do, they are making the new rules (to dating or friendship) as they go. They are just so real and honest with each other and that was so refreshing. Even when they didn't know what to say or do....it was ok. They could be themselves with all their faults, awkwardness and insecurities. Nothing was perfect...and that made it perfect!...more
After the disappointment of the last book, Voyage of the Dawn Treader, I was pleasantly surprised with this latest chapter in the Narnia series. I fouAfter the disappointment of the last book, Voyage of the Dawn Treader, I was pleasantly surprised with this latest chapter in the Narnia series. I found this book to be a return to the wonderful adventures that we had in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and Prince Caspian.
Characterwise, I would say that I found Eustice much more likeable than when we first met him. Sure, he's a kid and they all have their moments, but I found him much more mature and levelheaded this time around. Jill, I could've done without...but then again, that's what I thought of Eustice in the last book as well. Lol. I also enjoyed the addition of Puddleglum, the Marsh-Wiggle. He definitely made me laugh when he talked about himself being so positive and upbeat and that the other Marsh-Wiggles were always saying that he had to calm down. And then he was the most cynical one going. I enjoyed him. He was a very interesting character.
I could go on and on about the story, but then anyone reading this would've have the fun of going on the adventure on their own. I will mention, though, I absolutely loved how at the end they talk about what happened to Eustice and Jill's Headmistress from their school:
"And in the inquiry all sort of things about Experiment House came out, and about ten people got expelled. After the, the Head's friends saw that the Head was no use as a Head, so they got her made an Inspector to interfere with other Heads. And when they found she wasn't much good even at that, they got her into Parliament where she lived happily ever after."
This book in the series was such a disappointment. First of all, I hated the character of Eustice, sure he redeems himself later on, but it's not enouThis book in the series was such a disappointment. First of all, I hated the character of Eustice, sure he redeems himself later on, but it's not enough. This book brings me back to when I read Gulliver's Travels and how bored I was with that. They both had the same format....sailing.....stop at an island and deal with some stuff....sailing....stop at an island and deal with some stuff....sailing...etc. I was excited for this one because I did like the Price Caspian so much. Oh, well....more
This is my first Brandon Sanderson book. I've heard his name and know that he is a big name in the scifi/ fantasy genre. Sometimes that can be a bad tThis is my first Brandon Sanderson book. I've heard his name and know that he is a big name in the scifi/ fantasy genre. Sometimes that can be a bad thing, you can expect too much. Thankfully, he delivered! This is the story of a world where after a burst in the sky, regular people were given extraordinary powers. These people were called Epics. Unfortunately, super powers can change people and not in a good way! The story takes place in Newcago, which is under the control of the Epic, Steelheart. He runs the show and kills people if he feels like it. He has turned the whole city into steel, and an Epic under him has rendered the city in a forever night state. The sun hasn't risen in 10 years.
This is the story of a group of renegades, who are known as The Reckoner's. They are determined to take the Epics down. I loved the relationships within the group, it really fleshed out the story for me. At first they focus on taking out lesser Epics, which cause more annoyances than disruptions in Newcago. Can they possibly take out the one in charge?
I can't wait to read the rest of this series!...more
This is a great piece in the Reckoners story that we began learning in Steelheart. This book starts just as Steelheart ends. Life in Newcago is new anThis is a great piece in the Reckoners story that we began learning in Steelheart. This book starts just as Steelheart ends. Life in Newcago is new and free, the sun is out for the first time in years, but the citizens are worried....not fully trusting this new freedom. It's going to take a lot to prove to the citizens that they can all fight back, but Dave is sure that it will happen. It's just a matter of time. ...more