“This wasn’t the way it was supposed to go.You’re just a typical fifteen-year-old sophomore, an average guy named Kyle Chase. This can’t be happening to you. But then, how do you explain all the blood? How do you explain how you got here in the first place? There had to have been signs, had to have been some clues it was coming. Did you miss them, or ignore them? Maybe if you can figure out where it all went wrong, you can still make it right. Or is it already too late? Think fast, Kyle. Time’s running out. How did this happen?
You is the riveting story of fifteen-year-old Kyle and the small choices he does and doesn’t make that lead to his own destruction.
In his stunning young-adult debut, Charles Benoit mixes riveting tension with an insightful—and unsettling—portrait of an ordinary teen in a tale that is taut, powerful, and shattering.” – Goodreads
Thursday, December 30, 2010
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Thursday, December 23, 2010
“Sixteen-year-old Jack gets drunk and is in the wrong place at the wrong time. He is kidnapped. He escapes, narrowly. The only person he tells is his best friend, Conner. When they arrive in London as planned for summer break, a stranger hands Jack a pair of glasses. Through the lenses, he sees another world called Marbury.My Opinion: I think this book was interesting. It almost seemed like Jack was experiencing a split personality disorder. However, I think it was due to his traumatic experience that caused most of the things to happen. I really liked Jack he didn't want to show any weakness and wanted to be brave and that in my opinion is why he keeps saying in the book, "Jack doesn't cry" when he gets scared or feels alone. I enjoyed this. It was new and different. I haven't read anything like this before, so that was an experience as well. I though that it was very well written because it was easy to see how much Jack cared about his friends and to sympathize with him and what he is going through. it was well written because in the book, its difficult to decide which place is the real world, London or Marbury until the end at at least. Reminds me of a story called La Boca Noche Arriba by Julio Cortazar in the aspect of the not knowing which world is real. I think that is what I liked most about the book, the mystery of it. I really enjoyed this book.
There is war in Marbury. It is a desolate and murderous place where Jack is responsible for the survival of two younger boys. Conner is there, too. But he’s trying to kill them.
Meanwhile, Jack is falling in love with an English girl, and afraid he’s losing his mind.
Conner tells Jack it’s going to be okay.
But, it’s not.
Andrew Smith has written his most beautiful and personal novel yet, as he explores the nightmarish outer limits of what trauma can do to our bodies and our minds.” – Goodreads
5 out of 5
Friday, December 17, 2010
My Opinion: Oh my goodness! That’s all I have to say for now. This was an amazing finish, not as good as I would have liked it to be. I wanted a little more action. However, the mystery of who killed Tatiana kept me going and who was Lissa’s sibling. That definitely made up for it. And I’m glad that Rose ended up with ____________ and not ________________ in the end. They are perfect for each other and hopefully, the spin off will cover ______________’s perspective of Rose’s and ___________’s relationship. This was a great addition and a great finish in my opinion of the series. It’s amazing how everything sort wrapped itself up. And I think that the spin off will be from Lissa’s sibling’s perspective. That would make things interesting in my opinion. Can’t wait for it!“Rose Hathaway has always played by her own rules. She broke the law when she ran away from St. Vladimir’s Academy with her best friend and last surviving Dragomir Princess, Lissa. She broke the law when she fell in love with her gorgeous, off-limits instructor, Dimitri. And she dared to defy Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi world, risking her life and reputation to protect generations of dhampir guardian to come.
Now the law has finally caught up with Rose- for a crime she didn’t even commit. She’s in prison for the highest offense imaginable: the assassination of a monarch. She’ll need help from both Dimitri and Adrian to find the one living person who can stall her execution and force the Moroi elite to acknowledge a shocking new candidate for the royal throne: Vasilisa Dragomir.
But the clock on Rose’s life is running out. Rose knows in her heart the world of the dead wants her back… and this time she is truly out of second chances. The big question is, when your life is about saving others, who will save you?” -Goodreads
Rose definitely grows as a character in this novel and we learn more about how she sees the world and we learn about how she feels about taking care of everyone. We also learn more about Lissa and Dimitri and Adrian. We also learn more about Abe and what he is willing to do for Rose.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
"A “perfect fit for those seeking expressive writing, emotional depth, and lush, cinematic romance, cementing [Ockler] comfortably next to similar teen favorites like Deb Caletti, Carolyn Mackler, and Sarah Dessen.” —Booklist
Things in Delilah Hannaford’s life have a tendency to fall apart. She used to be a good student, but she can’t seem to keep it together anymore. Her “boyfriend” isn’t much of a boyfriend. And her mother refuses to discuss the fight that divided their family eight years ago. Falling apart, it seems, is a Hannaford tradition.
Over a summer of new friendships, unexpected romance, and moments that test the complex bonds between mothers and daughters, Delilah must face her family’s painful past. Can even her most shattered relationships be pieced together again?
Rich with emotion, Sarah Ockler delivers a powerful story of family, love, and self-discovery.” – Goodreads
I loved this! It deals with many themes, depression and family and friendship, as well as discovering yourself. The book is about a girl named Delilah Hannaford and its set in Vermont. She has problems with her and she wants to make their relationship better at the same time as solve the rift, that caused their leaving the family home and never coming back before this, between her grandmother and mother. The plot revolves around the mystery of the rift as well as how no one in her family, now only her mother, aunt, and herself, wants to talk about their other sister. At the same time, Delilah learns more about herself and what true friendship and love are about.
It was so easy to relate to her because alot of high schoolers feel that way and even adults do too because we lose ourselves at some point in our lives and try to find ourselves again. Delilah rocks!
Great story I LOVED it!!!
FOR CHAPTER 1 CLICK HERE!
Monday, November 29, 2010
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Saturday, November 13, 2010
“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, and in her case horrifying, 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.”
I have to say that I wasn’t expecting the book to be this good when I first started reading. There were certain parts that I felt were too much description when in a previous part of the novel it was described and didn’t need another description. I really like Katsa she was a very interesting character and I don’t feel like I have another a book with a character similar to her so I applaud Kristin Cashore’s originality. I also really liked Po. Bitterblue was my favorite though I think because even though she is little she is very perceptive and observatory and also that she wants to protect herself and want to learn how, instead of just relying on bodyguards.
I really like Katsa because she is such a strong woman, she doesn't allow the king to control her and steps up to protect others. Also, when the times comes to part ways with the king, when she couldn't before she, she does and tells him that if he ever tries anything with her again he is going to regret it.I really love that she stands up for her.
"On one side of the border lies the modern world: the internet, homecoming dances, cell phones. On the other side dwell the ancient monsters who spark humanity's deepest fears: dragons.I have to say this is going to be one of my favs for the year. Its sort of a Romeo/Juliet with out the love but just a friendship. It is also like Aragon, in the learning to ride although Kay doesn't get the special powers when she rides Artegal.
Seventeen-year-old Kay Wyatt knows she's breaking the law by rock climbing near the border, but she'd rather have an adventure than follow the rules. When the dragon Artegal unexpectedly saves her life, the rules are abruptly shattered, and a secret friendship grows between them.
But suspicion and terror are the legacy of human and dragon interactions, and the fragile truce that has maintained peace between the species is unraveling. As tensions mount and battles begin, Kay and Artegal are caught in the middle. Can their friendship change the course of a war?
In her young-adult debut, New York Times bestselling author Carrie Vaughn presents a distinctly twenty-first-century tale of myths and machines, and an alliance that crosses a seemingly unbridgeable divide."
Pretty much the book is about how humans are afraid of dragons and how they are willing to start a war and the only human who has talked to a dragon in a really long time is Kay and how she may be able to stop the war with Artegal at her side. If she able to talk to him. Lesson to learn: Don't be afraid and hate something that you don/t understand.
The shadowghosts are talking to her. The only way to let them free is to cut, cut, cut them free.
Must not eat. Must not eat. Must not eat. Must not eat. Must not eat. Must not eat. Must not eat.
Lia is now a wintergirl and Cassie died because she was one too....
Lia's guilty but she doesn't know what to do...
She called 33 times and you didn't answer!
She died because of you!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Heist Society by Ally Carter
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Fire by Kristin Cashore
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Mockingjay is heartbreaking with its honest portrayal of the cost of revolutionary action against the Capitol. Who are the good guys and who will live or die kept me fixated until I finished. Collins writes with pinpoint precision with the same accuracy that Katniss displays with a bow and arrow.