December 04, 2014

The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson

Hi y'all! Hannah here! I'm doing another book review this one is for The Princess Spy!



In this “Frog Prince” fairy tale retelling, Margaretha has always been a romantic, and hopes her newest suitor, Lord Claybrook, is destined to be her one true love. But then an injured man is brought to Hagenheim Castle, claiming to be an English lord who was attacked by Claybrook and left for dead. And only Margaretha—one of the few who speaks his language—understands the wild story. Margaretha finds herself unable to pass Colin’s message along to her father, the duke, and convinces herself “Lord Colin” is just an addled stranger. Then Colin retrieves an heirloom she lost in a well, and asks her to spy on Claybrook as repayment. Margaretha knows she could never be a spy—not only is she unable to keep anything secret, she’s sure Colin is completely wrong about her potential betrothed. Though when Margaretha overhears Claybrook one day, she discovers her romantic notions may have been clouding her judgment about not only Colin but Claybrook as well. It is up to her to save her father and Hagenheim itself from Claybrook’s wicked plot.


My Review:
This is the last book of the Melanie Dickerson's series. My review for this book is all 5 stars!!! I like it better than the first book and I thought no other book could replace The Healer's Apprentice! (Click HERE to read The Healer's Apprentice review). This book had action, adventure and romance it was an amazing book! I couldn't put it down! Though one thing is I couldn't really find a lot of the "Frog Prince" fairy tell in it except when the called Colin "Frog Boy", which you will find out in the book, but overall I LOVED this book!

Rating:
Romance: 3 out of 5
Language: 0 out of 5
Violence: 3 out of 5
Age: YA (Young Adult is what the average rating for this book is and I agree)


*Note*
With the Violence rating, the reason why I put 3 out of 5 is because they do "cut of the head", have some fighting (they are not in it they just say there is one and you know it's going on), and there is someone who killed a girl and a man. The author does not describe this vividly she just tells what happened. I don't think it was very "violent", but other people might think so and that is why I had to put the 3.

Hope y'all enjoyed!



November 25, 2014

Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Hello lovelies! It's Aliah. Today I will be doing a review on the last book of the Heroes of Olympus series,  Blood of Olympus. I'm sure many of you here have read the books, but may not have read the last one, do to the fact that it just came out about a month ago. I borrowed it from a friend as soon as she finished reading it so I decided to share my thoughts with you.


Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen-all of them-and they're stronger than ever. They most be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood, the blood of Olympus, in order to wake. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea's army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed to much already. And if Gaea wakes, it's game over.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ~Goodreads
As I mentioned before, this is the last book in the second Percy Jackson series. The last series was incredible, and so were the other books in the second series. I have been looking forward to this book for over a year, and when I finally read it, I was surprisingly disappointed. I feel like Rick got a bit lazy on this book and just wanted to get it over with. I feel like everyone was defeated in 2 seconds (this is honestly not a spoiler; I mean, the heroes always win right?), there were no tragedies, and I feel like the adventures weren't really adventures. I also feel like Rick focused more on everyone but Percy and Annabeth who were really the whole point of this new series. He kind of just threw them aside and I feel like they didn't really have a main part in the whole saving the world thing. It's bad enough that everything ends here, but to have it a disappointment, really? Oh well. I'd probably give this book 3 1/2 starts out of 5. 
Romance: Level 3. Everyone has a boy/girlfriend, so there is quite a lot.
Violence: Another Level 3. It's not really bloody or anything, but there is quite a lot of fighting.
Language: Level 1. Nothing bad here.
Age: I would say maybe 10-11+ , depending on what your limits are. 

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November 17, 2014

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Anne is definitely not and ordinary girl. With her long red braids, peppy character, and imagination, she captures the hearts of many. Along the way, Anne will face many challenges and temptations such as being one of the smartest in her class, dying her hair black (or should I say green?), and almost drowning in a pond. When Anne is adopted by Mathew and Marilla Cuthbert, she tries her best to win them and, consequently, the reader, over.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh Anne. This novel is one I've read man times, but it has never failed to make me laugh, and cry. Anne is definitely an amazing person, or as she would say, a kindred spirit. She has a kind heart and often makes mistakes trying to prove others wrong. This book will warm your heart and will make you wish that you hadn't read it so quickly.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
 Romance: 2 out of 5. There are somethings about crushes and relationships, but no kisses or anything over the top.
Violence: 1 out of 5. There is no violence at all.
Language: 1 out of 5. Nothing bad here!
Age: I would say 11/12 +. Younger could read it, but since it was written a long time ago, the language might a little bit difficult to understand.



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November 15, 2014

Ginger Pye

Hello!
Here is a review on Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes.



|Book Description|
Meet Ginger Pye, the smartest dog you'll ever know. Jerry Pye and his sister, Rachel, feel pretty smart themselves for buying Ginger. It was the best dollar they ever spent. Ginger steals everybody's heart . . . until someone steals him!

|My Thoughts|
Eleanor describes the places, people, and Ginger, the dog, very well.  It was an easy read, almost too easy for me, but I still enjoyed it!  It was fun to see what Jerry and Rachel got themselves into.  Oh, and I can't forget the "Unsavory Character"!

|Rating|
Romance: 0/5
Language: 0/5
Violence: 0/5
Age: 8+

All together, I rate this book a 4/5 because I did enjoy it, but it was an easy read and, for me, it seemed as if there wasn't a lot of action.

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October 30, 2014

Confectionately Yours

Hi y'all! Hannah here! I'm doing another book review it's called Confectionately Yours!





















*This is the first book in the series;)*


Description For The First Book:
My life is soooo not sprinkles and sunshine Hayley’s world is far from perfect: her parents have divorced, her mom has lost her job, and she and her sister Chloe are stuck sharing a bedroom in their grandmother’s apartment. Luckily, Hayley has a knack for baking cupcakes?and cupcakes always make life just a little sweeter! But all of the changes in Hayley’s life are taking a toll on her best friendship. And then, to top everything off, Hayley’s school decides to ban bake sales and homemade treats. Can Hayley find a way to save the cupcake?

My Review:
This book is the first book in a four book series.  It's a really good book about a girl, Haley, who's life goes up and down. And sometimes we need to except change even though we don't want to. I love this book! It's a must read series! 

Rating: 

Romance: 2 out of 5 (I say this because there are crushes in it)
Language: None
Violence: None
Age: 11+ (Like I said earlier it has crushes and when I was 10 I didn't want to read that stuff;)

I would rate this book 4 out of 5

Hope y'all enjoyed!

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October 20, 2014

Rory's Promise

Hi y'all! Hannah here! I'm doing another book review it's Rory's Promise! Here is the description:



Description: 
Twelve-year-old orphan Rory Fitzpatrick lives with her younger sister Violet at New York City's Foundling Hospital in the early 1900s. But when Rory discovers that Violet will be sent to the Arizona Territory to be adopted, her world is shattered. Although too old to be adopted herself, Rory--brave and smart--is determined to stay with her sister, even if it means hiding out on a train traveling west. When Rory and Violet arrive in Arizona, everything that could go wrong does go wrong. Will Rory give up? 

My Review: 
This is an amazing story about a girl that has a love powerful enough to stay with her sister at all costs! It's an amazing story and so heart felt! Rory, is the bravest girl I've ever heard, seen, or read about. It well written too! It's just an over all amazing book!!!

Rating:

Romance: None
Violence: 2 out of 5 (because I gave it a 2 is because there is taring.)
Language: None
Age: 10+

Hope y'all enjoyed!

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October 19, 2014

Freak the Mighty

Freak the Mighty
Two boys – a slow learner 

stuck in the body of a teenage 

giant and a tiny Einstein in 

leg braces – forge a unique 

friendship when they pair up 

to create one formidable 

human force. -Taken from goodreads















Freak the Mighty is a wonderful book. You'll love the characters and the mighty combination of Maxwell and Kevin. You'll learn about they're adventures and how they helped each other out so much. The end almost had me crying...


Star Rating: Definitely 5 stars
Violence: 3 out of 5. Maxwell's dad is a criminal so...
Language: 1 out of 5. I don't believe that there was any language in this.
Age: 11 or 12 and up
Romance: 1 out of 5

So, please take time to read this book. And, if you do tell me your thoughts on either this post or through email. :-)


































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October 14, 2014

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

There are many mysteries within the wildwood. Jena and her sisters share the biggest of all, a fantastic secret that enables them to escape the confines of their everyday life in rural Transylvania. They have kept it hidden for nine long years.
When their father falls ill and must leave their forest home over the winter, Jena and her oldest sister Tati are left in charge. All goes well until a tragic accident allows their over bearing cousin Cezar to take control. The appearance of a mysterious young man in a black coat divides sister from sister, and suddenly Jena finds herself fighting to save all she holds dear. With her constant companion Gogu by her side, she must venture to realms dark and perilous in her quest to preserve, not just those she loves, but her own independence as well.







Romance: 4 out of 5. It's a rewritten fairy tale. Love is the main thing. Don't worry, it's not over the top!
Violence:  3 out of 5. There isn't that much, but there is a small bit, like a few deaths and fights. Nothing bad though
Language: 1 out of 5. There isn't anything that I can remember, but there was a few bits which really young kids wouldn't want to read though.
Age: 11 or 12 +. Younger could read it, but they wouldn't enjoy it that much.

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October 06, 2014

Splintered by A. G. Howard

12558285This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

~Taken from Goodreads


OKAY! Let's talk about SPLINTERED- the positives and the negatives!!

#The Negatives
->You should read the original Alice in Wonderland if you want to know what exactly is going on and why. I've never read it, so I felt a little lost. Therefore, I suggest you read Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll first.
->Too much romance. It gets really annoying and pointless most of the time.
->The author tries censoring language by making Jeb (the only character who's 'swearing') say stuff like "You son of a bug" which- honestly- breaks all the tension and makes his rage really stupid. Like, son of a bug? I get it, you want to censor the language, but I think it just ruined the whole effect.
->The blurb makes Wonderland sound really twisted and dangerous and scary but it wasn't. At all. (Maybe I felt this way since I've never read the original and was expecting something totally creepy) but this part kind of disappointed me.
-> I felt the characters were one-dimensional and not very well explained/threshed out.

#The Positives
->No bad language.
->Amusing take on continuing Alice in Wonderland.
->It was fun reading it if you didn't think about it too much.
->The cover is beautiful.

Well, all in all, it was relieving to finally cross this off my reading list. It was an okay book, I'd rate it 6/10 and if you want to read it, don't think about what's happening too much and you'll be okay. I conclude by saying that language is okay, but content (in terms of romance etc) would be Level 4 and I'd suggest an age of 15+ at least.

Happy Reading *-*

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October 02, 2014

The Little White Horse

Hi y'all! Hannah here! So glad to do another book review! This one is for The Little White Horse. This is a very good book and one of my favorites! Here's my review!




When orphaned young Maria Merryweather arrives at Moonacre Manor, she feels as if she’s entered Paradise. Her new guardian, her uncle Sir Benjamin, is kind and funny; the Manor itself feels like home right away; and every person and animal she meets is like an old friend. But there is something incredibly sad beneath all of this beauty and comfort—a tragedy that happened years ago, shadowing Moonacre Manor and the town around it—and Maria is determined to learn about it, change it, and give her own life story a happy ending. But what can one solitary girl do?


My Own Review:

This is a very good book! Like I said earlier one of my favorites;) I love how many plot twist there are!!! I can only give a good review for this book!


Review:

Romance: 3 out of 5

Violence: 2 out of 5

Language: 0 out of 5

Age: 10+


Hope y'all enjoyed!






October 01, 2014

Cross My Heart and Hope To Spy/Don't Judge a Girl By Her Cover

                           






These are amazing books!

These are the only Two in the Gallagher Girls Series I've read, but I'm hoping to read more. ;)

I'm not quite done with Don't Judge a Girl By Her Cover, but Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy I've finished.

Romance-4
Violence-3
Gore-0
Age Recommendation-10+

Overall these books are very interesting, they keep you interested. Hope you read them! :)





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September 25, 2014

The Pearl by John Steinbeck

Hello everyone!
It's Aliah with another book review. :) Today I will be reviewing The Pearl by John Steinbeck.
I originally had to read this book for school, but it turned to be quite a pleasant read.  

Summary: Kino lives in an old brush house in an old village with his wife and son. His small family lead a peaceful life until one day, Coyotito falls ill and Kino must search for a way to cure him. He then finds a pearl; a pearl so big and valuable it is called "the pearl of the world."   Now rich and
admired by all around him, Kino believes the pearl will bring good luck to him and his family. But, unexpectedly, the pearl brings something much, much worse. Or is it truly the pearl that changes things?

This book was very deep, and I felt like you truly got to know Kino and his family and what they thought about the pearl. It explores the greed and hatred of men, and how some are easily affected by riches and money and how some are not and just want to live a peaceful life.

The Pearl takes place in La Paz, Mexico in the 1930's. Many people are extremely poor and looked down upon. Others are rich and try to steal the little that others below them have. Most people believe this is wrong, and try to defend themselves, only to wind up in bigger trouble than they were in before. This is the life that Kino leads; sometimes happy and sometimes upset that he cannot give more to his family. Until he finds the pearl. 




September 24, 2014

Penny from Heaven by Jennifer L. Holm


Hello Readers!
Today I am reviewing a really good book, Penny from Heaven by Jennifer L. Holm.
"It's 1953 and 11-year-old Penny dreams of a summer of butter pecan ice cream, swimming, and baseball. But nothing’s that easy in Penny’s family. For starters, she can’t go swimming because her mother’s afraid she’ll catch polio at the pool. To make matters worse, her favorite uncle is living in a car. Her Nonny cries every time her father’s name is mentioned. And the two sides of her family aren’t speaking to each other!

Inspired by Newbery Honor winner Jennifer Holm’s own Italian American family, Penny from Heaven is a shining story about the everyday and the extraordinary, about a time in America’s history, not all that long ago, when being Italian meant that you were the enemy. But most of all, it’s a story about families—about the things that tear them apart and bring them together. And Holm tells it with all the richness and the layers, the love and the laughter of a Sunday dinner at Nonny’s. So pull up a chair and enjoy the feast! Buon appetite!"
(-Via Goodreads)

I really loved this book.  It's a warming story that pulls you in, the characters are wonderfully written and it's a beautiful story.  

This book is really clean, good for anyone to read.
However, kids under the age of 10 may have trouble understanding certain parts.
Enjoy! :)





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September 22, 2014

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (a novel) by Robin Sloan

13538873The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco web-design drone and into the aisles of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after a few days on the job, Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest. The customers are few, and they never seem to buy anything—instead, they “check out” large, obscure volumes from strange corners of the store. Suspicious, Clay engineers an analysis of the clientele’s behavior, seeking help from his variously talented friends. But when they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, they discover the bookstore’s secrets extend far beyond its walls. Rendered with irresistible brio and dazzling intelligence, Robin Sloan's Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is exactly what it sounds like: an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave.

~Taken from Goodreads

Secret book clubs with an awesome name and ultra cool hide-outs and exclusive membership and activities bordering rituals- how awesome is that?! Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore is definitely an interesting tale of book lovers, book societies and books! But that's not all that is discussed. A more pressing issue of ebooks vs physical books is also shown along with the part played by mega corporations which ultimately lead to the decline of the culture of reading and buying books.

Why did I like Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore? I think it's because the writer has taken our world and the world of books and has created a world in between -a world where you can just barely see all the others coinciding and overlapping each other. I just loved the feeling this book gave me- it was inspiring because (this might sound very weird) after reading a book about books, I found myself loving books even more and totally motivated to read tons more! The idea of writing a codex was intriguing and I found myself toying with the idea and concept that the writer had presented.

All in all, this book was really good- not as exciting as you'd think it is, but still satisfying and overall, extremely realistic- a quality not many fictional books seem to be able to pull off *cough*. You must add this to your reading list (:


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