Archive for July, 2015

Black City by Elizabeth Richards

12568505Reviewed by Olivia

Black City, by Elizabeth Richards, takes place in a society run by a dictator named Purian Rose whose goal is to exterminate all Darklings, who are creatures that drink blood, have no beating heart, and have heightened senses, in the aftermath of a war between humans and Darklings. The book focuses on Ash Fisher, a twin-blood, or half Darkling-half human and Natalie Buchanan the daughter of a government official, who is helping President Rose to get rid of all Darklings. When the two characters meet and find out they are bloodmates, they realize they are in danger if anybody finds out their secret love because of all the restricting laws Purian Rose has placed down. On top of that Natalie gets an inside look on just how badly Darklings are being treated and finds out Rose’s plans to kill all of the Darklings behind all the citizens backs. She decides to help the Darklings out, despite her mother’s position. You follow these two people as they struggle to hid their love as well as take part in stopping the government. I would rate this book a 5 out of 5. I loved the book and couldn’t put it down. It was a perfect mix between a romance and action. It kept me thinking along with the characters, and continued to surprise me as the plot thickened. The characters and plot were well developed and thought through. With multiple plot twists and heart stopping moments, it is nearly impossible not to want to keep reading.

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Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

51kV9KtmyCL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Reviewed by Angela

I absolutely loved this book! It is a dark retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I think Hodge did a VERY good job giving this story a new twist. So this book takes place in a dystopian world where the people can’t see the sky (there is a barrier that covers it) and the land is controlled by the demon king and his “demon friends”. The girl protagonist Nyx is born in an unlucky situation. Her dad desperately wanted his wife to have another child so he goes to “the demon king” Ignifex for help. But in return the eldest child has to marry him when she gets to a proper age. And because of his selfish wish his wife ends up dying as she gives birth to her final child. The author does a good job creating suspense and creates a creepy yet amazing world.

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1442421762.01.TZZZZZZZReviewed by Angela

I loved this book from the very 1st page. It has a very scary feeling to it when you pick up the book; you are pulled into a whole new world. I was completely wowed by this book. I loved it from the beginning to the end. So this book first takes place when Mara, Claire, and Rachel are playing a ghost board game (like any other ghost summoning game they have candles and they all ask questions to the ghost). The question Claire ask is “How am I going to die?” And it will suck you in from there. Later on after that scene, Mara finds herself walking up from the hospital with no memory of what happened in the last few days. And the creepy part is she is the only survivor, her friends Claire and Rachel died when a building collapsed. And so she goes to find out what happened to her and her friends. And this is where the adventure begins…. This book is SUSPENSEFUL and WARNING you won’t be able to put down this book.

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Hush, Hush by Becca Fitxpatrick

1416989420.01.MZZZZZZZReviewed by Angela

I give this book 2 out of 5 stars. I really disliked this book and the characters weren’t very appealing to read about. I didn’t connect with the characters at all or felt any sympathy for them. The main girl character Nora Grey wasn’t my favorite. I actually disliked her very strongly she was very confusing and didn’t think deeply about the situations she was in. Most parts of the book I was yelling at her for making such poor choices. And the main guy character Patch wasn’t better either. I was frustrated about his character traits and his choices. This book didn’t suck me into the story and I often found myself having to reread paragraphs because I didn’t understand the scenarios. And the whole concept of angels going to war was completely boring. So I highly do not recommend this book.

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thefaultinourstarsReviewed by Angela

This book has been a very hyped book. Which is why I put off reading this book until now. And did it live up to the hype? My answer is YES. I adored this book so much to the point I am considering about reading it again. Yes, it was that good. And this is one of few books I watched the movie first before actually reading the book. And I thought it would ruin the whole experience but to my surprise it did not. Of course I am going to say the book was a LOT better than the movie. But I did enjoy both the movie and the book and I did cry for both as well. The main character Hazel Grace was awesome. I fell in love with her from the beginning and she is a very likable and relatable character. And I felt the same about Augustus Waters. And the story plot was just unbelievable. This book touches a serious disease known as cancer and from the start I knew it would be sad but I didn’t expect it to be this depressing. This book is a MUST-READ and all I have to say is just read it. And also if you are someone who tends not to cry when reading books after you read this book that will definitely change….

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0525423273.01.MZZZZZZZReviewed by Angela

I really had mixed feelings about this book because Perkins did a great job on some aspects but some parts of the book weren’t my favorite. I loved the story plot. I thought this book was a cute predicable story. It is a fun read but isn’t AMAZING. Some parts of the book were a bit cliche. But if you are a reader who is interested in Paris and the whole concept of first love then this is a great book for you. The girl main character Anna Oilphant is sent off to Paris to boarding school S.O.A.P. (School of America in Paris). And she does not even speak a little of french. So she is feeling homesick but then suddenly she meets Étienne St. Clair. And he makes her stay in Paris not so bad. This book was decent and a good book when you have nothing to read.

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9780099488460Reviewed by Angela

This book is such a thrilling and suspenseful book. I absolutely loved the whole concept and metaphor the author used as referring to strawberries which made the book more suspenseful. The main character Jenna witnesses the death of young girls. She brushes it off until one day, her best friend Caro gets murdered. And at her funeral she vows revenge on whomever did this. Which catches the attention of Nat a handsome and mysterious strawberry picker. Jenna gets distracted with him and Merle decided to solve the murder herself but then another twist appears. This book so intriguing and one thing leads to another.

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The Raft by S.A Bodeen

the raft s a bodeenReviewed by Angela

I really enjoyed this book, I thought it was a very interesting concept. It was very intense and I loved the thrill. It is a great survival book.
The main character, 15 year old Robbie, takes the last minute flight to Midway Atoll, her home near Hawaii. It turns out to be a nightmare when the plane goes down in the shark waters. With Skittles, the only food they have, and fighting for rescue, her life is more terrifying than they thought. Co-pilot Max pulls her and Max onto a raft and that’s when the real horror started.  If you liked the book Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, you will LOVE this book.

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2391-1kqijloReviewed by Angela

This book was a very interesting historical fiction. This story was really great, it was a story about young kid named Salva. His village was attacked by rebels and he had to run away from the village. I liked the story because it was a book that you just can’t stop reading. The book was amazing at action, sadness, and courage. I recommend it to everyone who likes historical fiction and it is such a good easy read.

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What I Call Life by Jill Wolfson

Review by Angelath

This book is very relatable and hilarious. I loved the main character Cal Lavender. She is someone most girls can relate too. Her life is turning upside down, her mom is put into jail for the reason being “just a short temporary detour from what I call life”, she finds herself in unfortunate situations, she starts living in a group house temporarily with four other girls, and she find herself making friends. And realizes maybe she isn’t so alone after-all. It is a great heart-warming book about acceptance. I loved this book and it is definitely worth a try.

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