August 11, 2016

Exile for Dreamers by Kathleen Baldwin


Exile for Dreamers by Kathleen Baldwin 

Soooooo I started reading Exile for Dreamers two days ago and I'm only halfway through. That's not good. This book should only have taken me two days to finish not to get halfway into it! Exile for Dreamers is the sequel to A School for Unusual Girls which I absolutely LOVED (I give it 4 out of 5 stars), so when I finally started reading this sequel I was very disappointed.

Before I get started with the review I need to let you know what the first book is about.

Goodreads Synopsis: 

It’s 1814. Napoleon is exiled on Elba. Europe is in shambles. Britain is at war on four fronts. And Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, has become one of Regency England’s dark little secrets. The daughters of the beau monde who don’t fit high society’s constrictive mold are banished to Stranje House to be reformed into marriageable young ladies. Or so their parents think. In truth, Headmistress Emma Stranje, the original unusual girl, has plans for the young ladies—plans that entangle them in the dangerous world of spies, diplomacy, and war.

After accidentally setting her father’s stables on fire while performing a scientific experiment, Miss Georgiana Fitzwilliam is sent to Stranje House. But Georgie has no intention of being turned into a simpering, pudding-headed, marriageable miss. She plans to escape as soon as possible—until she meets Lord Sebastian Wyatt. Thrust together in a desperate mission to invent a new invisible ink for the English war effort, Georgie and Sebastian must find a way to work together without losing their heads—or their hearts…
 


Alright we finally have that out of the way, lets start this review/rant. Haha! I will tell you there will be spoilers, so if you're planning on reading this book I wouldn't recommend reading this. 


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Synopsis:

Tess Aubreyson can't run far enough or fast enough to escape the prophetic dreams that haunt her. Her dreams bring nothing but death and grief. Tess refuses to accept that she may be destined for the same madness that destroyed her mother, until her disturbing dreams become the only means of saving Lord Ravencross, the man she loves, and her fellow students at Stranje House. Tess’s old friend, the traitorous Lady Daneska and the Ghost, ruthless leader of the Iron Crown, have returned to England, intent on paving the way for Napoleon’s invasion of England. Can the young ladies of Stranje House prevail once more? Or is England destined to fall into the hands of the power-mad dictator?

Let's start out on a good note! I loved how action packed the beginning of this book was! It starts out with our protagonist, Tess, and her friend, Georgie, who decide to go on a run. (Yes, not the most normal thing for young women of the 1814's). Turns out our "dear friend" Lady Daneska sent some assassins out to kidnap Georgie for her secret formula of invisible ink and to kill Lord Ravencross. We see our heroine stand her ground a try to fight off three assassins to save her friend. After giving it her all, even killing one of the assassins, she gets captured. THEN we see the valiant Lord Ravencross come and save Tess while getting shot. So already it's starts out very nice! 
I also really enjoyed the new character Alexander from the United States. He has such a great sense of humor that really lightens up the book. I have a good hunch that one of the students, Lady Jane, will end up falling in love with him which would be fun to see especially since she thinks he has such horrible manners! Haha!

Now for the not so good news. I DID NOT like Tess which made this book even more difficult to read because this was based on her point of view. Tess seems really mean to me. She's so blunt and rude to all of her friends. She speaks her mind even when she knows she shouldn't, she complains constantly, and she's very selfish. I could totally overlook all of this thinking she may change, but what kills me is she SO CRUEL to Lord Ravencross! I mean she's IN LOVE WITH THIS DUDE AND HE ENDS UP PAYING FOR HER TO STAY IN THIS SCHOOL! Could ya be a LITTLE bit nicer?!?!! (I'm sorry I just had to rant there). She also seems really depressing to me. I understand that she has a curse that claims she will die at a young age, but that is literally all she thinks about, (that and how good looking Lord Ravencross is) but she could still try and live life to the fullest!! 
What makes everything worse is after that action packed beginning we see that it won't be continued during this book. I kept trying to finish reading this, but I just couldn't stand the narrator and the boring plot. Maybe if I kept reading it might have gotten better, but I've already moved on. 

I'm going to give this book 1 out of 5 stars. All in all I would say read the first book, it's worth it, but don't continue with the series. I think it would be a waist of your time. 

Have a great rest of your day! 



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May 06, 2016

Boston Jane: An Adventure by Jennifer L. Holm

Down here in North Carolina it's a pretty dreary day. Thunder booming, rain poring, sounds like a perfect kind of day to read a book, watch a movie, and do some blogging. I just finished reading Boston Jane: An Adventure by Jennifer L. Holm



















Now I usually only write reviews for books that I go crazy over, but I decided to change it up a bit. Boston Jane An Adventure wasn't really the best book. I would give it about 3 out of 5 stars. There wasn't really a plot which was kind of disappointing. The protagonist started out like a sweet little girl and turned into a shallow young lady. On the bright side there was no language! Shocking isn't? I can never find a book anymore with no language. Anyways I need to get back on track. Jane, the protagonist, wants to fit into Philadelphia's society and become a proper young lady. When William Baldt, the handsome young apprentice, proposes she accepts and prepares to join him wilds of the Pacific Northwest. Of course this is no place for a lady. After months at sea it takes to get there she realizes that this rough life has a few shocking surprises in store. This would be a great book for the ages 10+, but I don't think older teens would enjoy this book as much. Another thing I wasn't a fan of was the fact that the romance was so sudden! Like BAM this girl likes this guy then out of the blue he wants to marry her. Not my cup of tea. Of course I'm going to finish the trilogy because I have to find out what happens at the end. Haha! 


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November 11, 2015

Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness


Hello Everyone,
Today I'm reviewing Patrick Ness's "Chaos Walking Trilogy" (aka the best trilogy ever).  The trilogy consists of The Knife of Never Letting Go  (#1), The Ask and the Answer (#2), and Monsters of Men (#3).  This review will be for all three of the books as a whole.

Prentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee -- whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not -- stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden -- a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.
But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?
-via Goodreads (summary of The Knife of Never Letting Go).
This is my favorite trilogy for many reasons, but I'll only list three:
1. Patrick Ness steers away from a lot of clich├ęs in the series.
 A lot of things in YA fiction have been written fifty million times, and so many books just seem like edited versions of other books.  This trilogy had a lot of new concepts and ideas though, nothing seemed "same old, same old" or boring.
2. Lots of Action!
I like action-packed books.  They are quite honestly my favorite.  I like books with more conversation in them too, but action is definitely my favorite as it satisfies my brain and keeps me interested. 
3. No "Good vs. Evil".
One thing about this series is that there never seems to really be one specific "bad guy".  There are characters who definitely seem like the bad guys at different points in the book, but it's not all "good guys and bad guys", there are no straight lines dividing good and evil.  

My overall opinion: 5/5 stars.
-Precautions -
Language: There is definitely language in this series.  There's not any other way to put it: there is language.  It's not to the point where it's annoying/unpleasant to read (they're not swearing every other syllable), but there is language.
Romance: There isn't a whole lot of romance overall, especially in the first book.  There are a few instances where certain things are mentioned, but it's all pretty subtle.
Violence: There is violence.  And  lots of it.  
Age rating: PG-13

You probably shouldn't read this series...
-If you dislike violence (or action in general).
-If you dislike strong language.
-If you are under the age of 12. (I would still encourage 13-14 year olds to use caution, it all depends on what you like and what you can handle.  

Overall, it's a great Young Adult trilogy, and you should read it! 



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May 13, 2015

Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff

Hello Readers!
Anna here, bringing you a book review about one of my recent reads...Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff. 
Mila has an exceptional talent for reading a room—sensing hidden facts and unspoken emotions from clues that others overlook. So when her father’s best friend, Matthew, goes missing from his upstate New York home, Mila and her beloved father travel from London to find him. She collects information about Matthew from his belongings, from his wife and baby, from the dog he left behind and from the ghosts of his past—slowly piecing together the story everyone else has missed. But just when she’s closest to solving the mystery, a shocking betrayal calls into question her trust in the one person she thought she could read best. 
-via Goodreads
I really enjoyed this book.  It talks about some pretty deep (and even kind of dark) stuff, but it was beautifully written.  
Over-all age rating- Definitely a young adult book, I'd say 14-15 and up and kind of PG.
Romance- There was definitely some romance in here...but not so much love and kisses as it was relationships falling apart.  This is part of the reason I rated it PG 14.
Violence- None.
Language- Some language.

Happy Reading!

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April 03, 2015

Catalina Currently Reading

Hi there, Adventurers! I hope everyone has been having a rocking 2015! With three months over, how many books have you crossed off of your reading list?
I'll be honest- I haven't crossed many off- in fact, my list seems to growing as I come across book recommendations from friends, family and most of all, shelves in bookstores!
So here are two books that I am reading and will be hopefully, writing a book review on soon!

When Wings Expand, by Mehded Maryam Sinclair
13591894She wrapped her arms around me and said, "Nur! I know. I don't want to go. But all I can do is keep trusting in Allah. Nur, I will always be with you! My love and advice will always be with you to guide you in the right direction." She patted my heart. "They are forever sealed inside this little place."

Writing on the pages of her journal, Nur, a teenage girl in Canada, charts the onset and advance of her mother's cancer. Nur watches her mother's body begin to shrink and her mood begin to darken. And when family and friends begin to encroach, Nur must face the prospect of her mother's looming death.

Nur bears the crushing loss and finds her adolescent life more demanding and complex. But with the legacy of her mother's love, her family's support, and the guidance of her faith, she manages to overcome the searing pain and use her newfound strength to bring joy to the lives of others, showing them that after death wings can expand.
-Goodreads





Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro
6334As children, Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were. Now, years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have reentered her life, and for the first time she is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them special--and how that gift will shape the rest of their time together.
-Goodreads










Well, that's what I'll be reading this month! What books are you Adventurers thinking about diving into next?
-Catalina Blue

February 25, 2015

Palace Of Mirrors by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Hi y'all! Hannah here. I'm doing another book review this one is Palace Of Mirrors by Margaret Peterson Haddix.



There's more to being a princess than wearing a tiara.
Cecilia knows she's not just another peasant girl. She is actually a princess hiding until the evil forces that killed her parents are vanquished. A commoner is on the throne as a decoy.
But it's hard for Cecilia to secretly study statesmanship and palace protocol and pretend she has nothing more on her mind than scrubbing gruel stains out of her best apron. So Cecilia decides to take charge. Along with her best friend, Harper, she flees to the capital city to reclaim her throne. But when Cecilia and Harper reach the famed Palace of Mirrors, they discover that Princess Desmia believes an entirely different version of the story...

My Review:
I LOVED this book! The whole book was very interesting and exciting and the ending was SO creative! My one note is that it could have been a LITTLE faster in the story line.

Rating:

Romance: 2 out of 5
Violence: 2 out of 5
Language: 0 out of 5
Age: 12+ (It was labeled Young Adult)

Hope y'all enjoyed!

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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

Hi Guys!
Anna here doing another book review... this one is about Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry by Mildred D. Taylor.

Why is the land so important to Cassie's family? It takes the events of one turbulent year—the year of the night riders and the burnings, the year a white girl humiliates Cassie in public simply because she's black—to show Cassie that having a place of their own is the Logan family's lifeblood. It is the land that gives the Logans their courage and pride—no matter how others may degrade them, the Logans possess something no one can take away.
^vid Goodreads^
This book is a really good one.  I read it for school a couple of years ago, and then read it again recently and I loved it.
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Romance: None
Violence: Level 3- There is definitely some violence, for example shooting, and there is mention of other violence like hanging, but nothing goes into great detail.
Age Rating: I'd have to say 13+
Hope this book review was helpful!
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