Monday, December 21, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
To show you how impossible it was for her to do the things everyone claimed that she did. For this is the true story of how my sister, Maude March, came to be known far and wide as a horse thief, a bank robber, and a cold-blooded killer.
With a single gunshot, Maude, and Sallie March, are orphaned for the second time when their aunt Ruthie dies. Moving into the family of the local preacher, they are worked to exhaustion, and until their tempers are short. When a man who Maude is not interested in proposes to her, and the preacher and his family put pressure on her to accept, it's the last straw for Sallie and Maude. They steal two horses, and ride off.
However, it's not as easy for them to survive as they thought it would be, and they face dangers such as rattlesnakes, Mountain Lions, and lawmen, as they make their way through their journey to find their Uncle.
"Are you going to be a boy or a girl?" Marion asked before I went inside. "I'm still a boy," I said to Marion. "Johnnie is my name." "I thought that was your sister's name." "If she waned it, she wouldn't of left it laying around."
I really enjoyed this book, from the very second I set eyes on the cover. (the copy I got, has this cover.) it was a very funny book, and very exciting. I'd give it about 3 3 /4 stars.
"I hope you don't think that makes it all right," Maude said. "Did I shoot that boy, Sallie, did I?" "No, I did." I said, and seeing he look on her face, quickly added, "By accident, like. I mean to say, it was the gun I was holding that went off." "Don't ever tell anyone that," she said. "Not even if they catch and hang me."
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
When a boy goes to live with his crazy Aunt&Uncle, and befriends a girl named Polly, and goes to explore, simply the houses they live in, a sort of secret attic part, what will happen when they accidentally end up somewhere, where they will get caught, just maybe. At which point, they could accidentally end up in a different world. This is a story, about how the land of Narnia, spoke of in this and the rest of the Chronicles of Narnia, came to be, and the story of the evil Queen's presence in Narnia.
To find out more, read the book, and the rest of the Chronicles of Narnia. :):) I used to not be able to get into these books, but now, I can. I really liked it, and appreciated it more then when I first was read it when I was younger. I rate it 4 stars. This is especially good since I normally don't appreciate prequels so much, not all though, I really like some. Read this famed, classic, awesome fantasy, that will be read and read for years to come!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Okay, Bookworms. READ THE BOOK! I was surprised to find that this is one of the best books I've read in a while. For me, it ranks right up there with Harry Potter and Maximum Ride. And most of my favorite books are series, and this isn't. It's a very intriguing, different, and well written story, and I love it. I rate it 4 1/2 or maybe even 5 stars. Wow, huh? I really only had one major quip with the book and that was the fact that it never stated how old Blake and Duck were, although the stories lead me to believe they were around 13 and 10 or 11. I also didn't like that it never stated where they were from, I don't believe, but it is hinted and all but said that they were from the United States. There are some other lacking details from the story as well, like their physical features. All of this left a lot up to the imagination though and your point of perspective, so it wasn't that bad. Missing details like that though, are one of my pet peeves.
-CatcatCAT! :P :P
Monday, November 23, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
All of these questions and more shall be answered as you go along in this great book. It also has great vocabulary, again making a good learning opportunity. It has the old english elements and such which can make it occasionally a bit hard to get through, but altogether it was a great book and a nice story. :):):) I rate it 4 1/2 stars. It was quite good in my opinion. Kind of reminiscent to me for some odd reason to Harry Potter (especially in the beggining, lots of similiarities like the spiritual journey and the being and orphan and other such things) and Little Women. That comparison I can't really solve, I think it is some of the writing styles. Maybe. :P
so, READ IT BOOKWORMS! :):):) -Cat! :):)
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I loved it. I would rate it 4 stars! Maybe 4 1/2. It's a very good read! I highly recommend it. :):):) It is also a great discussion type of book. What would you do in the situations that come up with the city? What would you do if you didn't have these things that you do now? It's just interesting to think about.
I think it would be good for anyone like, 10&up to read. :) It doesn't matter too much though. :)
Sunday, November 15, 2009
The rules of the town is that there is no magic or gnomes, or anything that could be considered an etcetera after listing those. Is that insignificant? Maybe it seems so, but later on, not.
Anyway, back to Bran. Bran doesn't know who his parents were, or what they were like. He knows that his mother left him for someone else to find. She could be dead. He has no idea. He doesn't know what any of his family was like, and apparently Sewey searched far and wide and found no relations. Read this story of what Bran finds out about that, and the mysteries of the town, the gnomes, the mages, and what the heck the Farfield Curse is.
I thought this book was very good. I think anyone who read and enjoyed Harry Potter will like this book, and it kind of reminded me of it. I think anyone 9&up can read and enjoy it as well! It is a good fantasy, with a nice sense of humor. It is kind of a new twist on books involving magic and stuff as it revolves around the modern world, just with some different rules.
I rate it 4 stars! So... Read it! :)
Bye bookworms! -Cat.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
This is a literary classic, gothic era 19th Century novel. It is classic literature filled with great vocabulary words (great learning opportunity, I had to read it for Vocab./Lit. Class). It has lots of old English. It is a good story, but it can be kind of hard to understand. I think it was good, after finally being finished. Lots of classics can be hard to get through sometimes because of vocabulary used, writing style (don't start out as fast), or old English. As long as you can get past that, which once you get into the book, it can be quite good.
A warning is not to go into reading this book expecting an awfully scary spooky story with the great Frankenstein monster ransacking towns, attacking people, and being just an awful unsuperior race that has been created in malice and other such things. It's not what you see in the movies or comic books. It's a story inside a story. It begins with letters, going to sort of story from beginning in the end and proceeding to, well, reflect on the rest of it. It's very complicated. It is a story from Victor Frankenstein, as he tells Robert Walton, a sea captain determined to control the seas and find a new route across the seas. Dr. Victor Frankenstein tries to control nature. His mother dies, and he seems to be inspired to figure out a way to create life out of death. He experiments with dead body parts (gross) and somehow brings an awesome (not as in good, as in shocking) creaure to life. (important note frankenstein isn't the monster, he's the person who created the monster). He goes into shock and falls ill. The monster escapes. andddd I'm not telling you anymoree stuffffff.
Really. That's as dramatic as it gets. It really isn't a scary book. Dramatic maybe. But not scary.
I rate it 3 1/2 stars maybe 4?. It's just hard for me too get into this book. It was a good story still though :).
I would say it's for ages 12 and up in appropriateness, maybe younger. But the age that can actually get through it, understand it, and appreciate it? Varies. Depends on the person. So, read it, it's good :) A nice classic.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Captain Lyaf Yarr has reviewed the Diary of a wimpy kid. you can find the review here.
if you have any submissions, please enter it here.
if you have any questions, you can contact me at my blog.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Jane Hayes is a seemingly normal young New Yorker, but she has a secret. Her obsession with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, is ruining her love life: no real man can compare. But when a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane’s fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become realer than she ever could have imagined.
Decked out in empire-waist gowns, Jane struggles to master Regency etiquette and flirts with gardeners and gentlemen—or maybe even, she suspects, with the actors who are playing them. It’s all a game, Jane knows. And yet the longer she stays, the more her insecurities seem to fall away, and the more she wonders: Is she about to kick the Austen obsession for good, or could all her dreams actually culminate in a Mr. Darcy of her own?
I enjoyed this book immensely! It has a good plot, romance, humor, everything! I'm not exactly a fan of Jane Austen (I've never read any of her books, but I have seen the movies.. does that count? :) but I really liked this book anyway. I would suggest that you go out and buy it right now! Parents: It's a PG rated book... Slight inappropriate content and language. I would say for ages 12 and up.
Friday, October 9, 2009
I loved this book! It's way better then it sounds. It's rather underappreciated if you ask me. I rate it 4 stars! It's kind of short at only 212 pages, but no less pleasing. It left me wanting more, just as any good book does, and lead the time to pass quickly. The story begins fairly fast moving, so it isn't hard to get into. It is well written as well, flowing nicely, those words on the pages are a reflection of a deep, odd, and unknown story to the unknowning reader who hardly knew they were picking up a book about a weirdo who turns into an owl. So, read it! :) :)
I recommend this for ages 12&up for some scary elements and mild language. I also have a feeling that mainly only girls will enjoy this, even in the adventurous manner it has.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
My new favorite book of all time! I very reluctantly picked up this book after my mom had told me I should read it because it was so good. First of all I'm the kind of person that judges a book by it's cover, and even though this book is only a few years old it looked way older then that, so I wasn't too thrilled to read it. Second, I'm a teen, and if my mom says something is cool I tend to not think it's as awesome as she says, but anyway... So after I got the book my family and I went on a trip, and I read the book in our hotel room, I finished it in one day (It would have been less, but I was busy!) The book is amazing! It's like new with old fashioned elements, but it's still totally awesome! It's a story of four sisters there’s responsible, practical Rosalind; stubborn, feisty Skye; dreamy, artistic Jane; and their shy little sister Batty. The four sisters and their father go to a cottage for summer vacation, and they get into all sorts of trouble, and have fun adventures! They soon meet the owner of the property their staying on, the very tough Mrs. Trifton and her son Jeffrey. Mrs. Trifton isn't too pleased with the Penderwicks because she thinks they are a bad example for her son. This book is filled with humor, adventure, and in my opinion it's everything a kid's book should be, and I highly recommend you read it!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
What is/are your favorite book? Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Westing Game, Inkheart, the Chronicles of Vladimir Todd (8th Grade bites), The Egypt Game, Eragon, Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment, Operation Stormbreaker (Alex Rider)&moremoremore.
What is/are your favorite series? Harry Potter, Vladimir Todd, Alex Rider, Maximum Ride, Series of Unfortunate Events, The Gatekeepers, The Inheritance Series, Ink, Uglies, Percy Jackson &more.
Who is/are your favorite author? JK Rowling, Anthony Horowitz, James Patterson&more.
What is/are your favorite genre/type of book? I don't have a favorite, I'm Varied. But, I like horror, fantasy, science fiction, historical fictions&&more.
What was your favorite book when you were little? I loved the Junie B. Jones series.
What do you think of it now? I still think they are funny.
What is the weirdest book you've ever read? um.. idk.
What is the longest book you have ever read? HP&OotP, Brisngr, Ink&more.
How long did it take you? First time for OotP a week, now=aday or two, two days...
Do you ever want to write a book? YES!!
Do you listen to audiobooks? Sometimes.
What do you think of them? They are a great way to read a book while multitasking or to revisit your favorite series differently. Like, Harry Potter audiobooks are amazing, read by Jim Dale?
When did you start to love to read? I think right after I learned when I was about 5.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
What is/are your favorite book? The Ordinary Princess... HP (Harry Potter), Maximum Ride, the Anybodies, the Somebodies, the Nobodies, the Abarat series, umm.... Shadow Spinner, well, there's a lot. don't really have a favorite. oh, and anything Gail Carson Levine. :D
What is/are your favorite series? the Vesper Holly Adventures by Llyod Alexander
Who is/are your favorite author? either Gail Carson Levine, or Shannon Hale
What is/are your favorite genre/type of book? I don't really know. :D
What was your favorite book when you were little? Narnia!!!
What do you think of it now? still love it!
What is the weirdest book you've ever read? either the Drowned Maiden's Hair, or the great good thing.
What is the longest book you have ever read? either a Harry Potter book, or an ink book. :)
How long did it take you? hmm. for the Harry Potter, about an average of 3 days. for the Inkheart/Inkspell, about 2. :D
Do you ever want to write a book? yup! I'm currently writing one. :) it's going to take place in the Salem Witch Trials.
Do you listen to Audiobooks? YES! I love them. you can do all sorts of things while you listen to them. for example, I knit ALL the time, and that way I can sort of, read, I guess, my favorite book, while do something different with my fingers. :)
What do you think of them? Love them!
When did you start to love to read? I don't really remember. I was probably pretty young... I think I was like, 5.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
What is/are your favorite series? I like Harry Potter and Pendragon
Who is/are your favorite author? Zane Gray
What is/are your favorite genre/type of book? I don't have a favorite. The stuff I read is pretty varied
What was your favorite book when you were little? I don't remember.
What do you think of it now? N/A
What is the weirdest book you've ever read? hmm... I haven't read any weird books really.
What is the longest book you have ever read? Harry Potter.
How long did it take you? For the seventh? One day.
Do you ever want to write a book? Yes, I'm working on three.
Do you listen to audiobooks? No.
What do you think of them? Meh.
When did you start to love to read? When I was young... I don't remember when.
What is/are your favorite book? Hmm... I don't know. Some of my favorites are: Harry Potter, Oliver Twist, Alex Rider, Emma, Inkheart, and Gregor the Overlander :)
What is/are your favorite series? see above :)
Who is/are your favorite author? I'd have to say Anthony Horowitz because I have yet to read a book by him that I didn't totally fall in lov with
What is/are your favorite genre/type of book? I don't have a favorite. The stuff I read is pretty varied
What was your favorite book when you were little? I don't know. I remember really liking Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs and The Berenstein Bears
What do you think of it now? They're cute books! I read them to the kids I babysit and my little sister.
What is the weirdest book you've ever read? Raven's Gate by Anthony Horowitz is pretty weird. So was Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports... wasn't that the one that was really confusing and really weird?
What is the longest book you have ever read? I don't know. I've read some pretty long books. If you count Lord of the Rings as one book, then that's probably the longest.
How long did it take you? Well, I was eight so it took me about three months to read LOTR
Do you ever want to write a book? Yep. I'm working on two. One of them is a group project.
Do you listen to audiobooks? Not on a regular basis, no. I did listen to a few of the Trixie Belden audiobooks, though. I want to listen to some of the Harry Potter ones. They're supposed to be really good.
What do you think of them? The Trixie ones were pretty good. I had already read the books so it was just like re-reading them.
Why do you love to read? It opens up a new world. You can imagine all sorts of things. I think those reasons are also the reasons I like art/crafts and acting.
When did you start to love to read? I've always loved to read. I couldn't wait when I was little to read. My mom thought for awhile that I was only pretending that I could read because she only did a few of the how to read lessons and beginner reading books with me.
Friday, September 18, 2009
There are currently four books in the Gilda Joyce series: Gilda Joyce and the Psychic Investigator, Gilda Joyce and the Ladies of the Lake, Gilda Joyce and the Ghost Sonata, and Gilda Joyce and the Dead Drop. I have read all four books and loved them immensely. Gilda Joyce is a thirteen year-old (14 in later books) girl who likes investigating the paranormal and feels she is a "phychic investigator" These books are mysteries and ghost stories at the same time. Although the "Gilda Joyce" series is very funny and clever I would only recommend reading the books if you are 12 or older due to slight PG rated content and language.
In celebration of 1000 each of the bloggers here will be writing a little post thing about why we like reading, why we made this site, what we like to read, and all of that stuff. Better to get to know us and books!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Along with summer comes SUMMER READING. So that's what I'm here for, and I have QUESTIONS. What did you read this summer? Did you read anything that you REALLY liked? How many books did you read? More then usual? Did you read anything from this blog? Anything you suggest? What did you think? (Feel free to answer these in the comments.)
That was a lot of questions, I know. But I didn't say you had to answer all of them.
I wanted to tell everyone that I've been reading lately, but I haven't been reviewing books because most of them are sequals and I like to refrain from reviewing books that are part of series if they aren't the beginning, so there are no spoilers or boring reviews. Infact, this summer, between the books we've reviewed and the ones we haven't, I know my friends and I have been reading lots of books. Of course, that is great considering that is what that blog is for.
As for me, I've read approx 43 books this summer (Mid-May, to September. Ones I've finished. Ranging from 200-1000 pages each)...
I'm back to school now and I'm sure most of you are to. When you read a book feel free to send it in via comment, it's great!
As we near 1000 views (counter at bottom of the page), I must say that I thank our readers, whomever they all may be. Thanks! You guys rock. :) :) :) Keep reading guys, and keep coming back, because there might be something special slowly in the works for once we get close to or after a 1000 views!
Anywayz, have a good school year everyone, keep checking out the blog, join Angela's Carnival, and umm well keep being awesome! peace,cat
Sunday, September 6, 2009
so, I got one submission, again, so please submit more. :) I'll do a post about this on my blog too. :)
so, this is a website where people (adults, but just wait...) review kids books, and besides that, and the reason I'm including this in the carnival, they have what their kids thought of it. so, the link is here.
please submit your reviews!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
"Dead" he said, smiling.
"And the children?"
"You killed the children?" she cried
"I'll kill anything," said the man she had to marry.
This is a re-write of William Shakespeare's Macbeth.
Mary, who is in the charge of Lord and Lady Macbeth has no home. When her father is found to be a traitor to the king and hanged, Mary knows her life might be forfeit. but when she goes deeper into this mystery, she understands that something more horrible might be at stake here.
Pony with a crooked star
Runs a ride that goes to far.
The owl wins against the wren,
the hollow tree a pen for men.
I really did like this book. the beginning was a little tough for me to understand, but as it gets going it was fabulous. It had just the right about of romance, and It wasn't at all scary. Also, I was surprised, but it was rather funny as well. I would say that it would be good for ages 10 and up, and I would give it five stars.
He was just in time to see Lady Mary send some other boy off on her pony. She was yelling about eggs.
Fleance was mystified.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
I’d been meaning to read the Pendragon series for a very long time, but every time I went to my local library the first book was checked out (I finally came to the conclusion that it was lost) So one day I went to a Barnes and Noble looking for a new book to read, and I saw Pendragon: The Merchant of Death (the first book) I picked it up and looked at the back cover, it looked slightly interesting, and even though I’ve never really had an interest in Science Fiction I bought it (or rather my mom bought it) And let me tell you, It is one of my all time favorite series. There are 10 books in the series (I’m reading the second book currently.) And so far it is awesome. It’s the story of a 14-year-old boy named Bobby Pendragon who is a seemingly ordinary boy until he gets sucked into a war involving everything and place in the universe. As the reader we get to read journals that Bobby Pendragon sends to his friends back on earth. These books are amazing, mostly because a couple of chapters into the book I actually cried, and I’ve never cried because of a book before, but the author makes you really care for the characters. So if you have any free time I would defiantly recommend the Pendragon series.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
When I first saw the book Leven Thumps at my local Wal-Mart I almost snorted. I mean come on, a book whose main character has the name 'Leven'? And a magical world called Foo? I count myself very lucky to have looked past the weird names and bought this book. So the very next weekend I (reluctantly) opened the book and started the first chapter... five chapters later people were waving their hands in front of my face to make sure I was still alive. Shockingly I loved the book. It had adventure, action, suspense, and it was funny. I found myself smiling more then once. So my advice? Go to your local book store or library and get this book! Like right now! Look past the weird names and the childish book cover, you'll be in for a real treat!
Sunday, August 9, 2009
What I thought: I thought it was really good. 4 stars. An interesting and intriguing story. Some of the elements of the story are kind of predictable or old, yet other parts of the story, the result, and everything else is completely unexpected and mysterious. It is very good. I recommend it to anyone that likes books such as Charlie Bone, Harry Potter, Spiderwick, Series of Unfortunate Events and more, as well as anyone who appreciates mythology.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Summary/Description: Daniel X is a boy who wants revenge, and he is going to go up and down the "list" to find and hunt every bad alien there is, leading up to the big alien, the prey, number uno, who killed his parents when he was younger. He has plenty of powers to fight them with, whether he is teleporting himself, transforming himself (or others), making things appear (such as the pack of friends that help him), or something as simple and innocent as playing music in his head. Will he succeed in hunting and destroying Number 5 on his way up to the number 1? Will he live to tell the tale? You'll have to read this one to find out.
I thought this book was pretty great, though I think I liked the first better. I rate it 4 stars! As dumb as the descriptions may sound, it's a great story, with many elements of adventure and surprise. Obviously, you should read the first book first, which is also a great book. Have fun reading. :)
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Description/Summary: Mathew Freeman 'matt' is a juvenile delinquent. But it didn't start that way. He was just another 8 year old when his parents died, and he went to live with his Aunt. He didn't like it at all, but who would? The only person that seemed to be nice to him was his new friend Kelvin, and they got involved in some crime. Little did they know that their next crime would start such weird things. After breaking into a warehouse and they get caught, Matt will have to go to another home far away as part of the LEAF project. His new guardian seems pretty crazy, but what he thinks is only the half of it...
...and you're going to have to read it to find out more. I need to go get the sequel, like, now. (Evil Star)
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Summary/Description: Meggie and her father live a simple, seemingly normal life filled with books. They both thoroughly enjoy them. Little does Meggie know that there is a reason her mother is gone and her father never reads aloud, and that those two are oddly connected. When an old friend of her father's shows up late on a rainy night, she thinks it a bit odd, but what she doesn't know is that simply because of that (and the reminder it brings) her whole world is going to be turned upside-down.
What I though: I rate this book 5 stars! I really loved it. It was a long book, a good looking one that I'd been meaning to read for a long time, and finally decided I would. It was well worth it. I'm going to check out Inkspell (the sequel) as soon as possible from the library. I also know that it has been recently turned into a movie, which I'd like to see. So, the moral of this story is, Read Inkheart! Great summer reading too.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
"But don't think it's possible..." - I twisted up my face- "... that every person is a hero to someone else?" I said.
Addie is waiting for normal. She lives in a trailer on 'the corner', where she is the only kid. Her mother is what Addie calls "All or nothing." there is either a feast, or no food. She will be really nice, or she will ignore Addie. She is always home, or she leaves the house for days at a time. there is no in the middle, in other words, normal. When Addie learns what normal is really, it only makes waiting for it worse. if you add to this the fact that her mother hates her grandpa, the flute she plays on is stolen, and Soula doesn't seem to be getting better, it only gets less normal.
Me, I'm good at getting used to things- been doing it all my life.
I liked this book. It was well written, and I liked how she struggled with her family problems. I would give this book three stars.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Carmen found the pants at a thrift store. They were common looking, plain blue jeans with fading around the knees. They were nothing special, or were they? Carmen, Lena, Bridget, and Tibby are friends. When they are together, they form a one whole. This summer will be their first summer apart. The day before they split, Carmen is about to throw away the jeans, until Tibby asks if she could have them. Well, if Tibby wanted her old jeans she was going to throw away anyway, good for her, Carmen thought. When Tibby tryed them on, they looked amazing. Then Lena trys them on, and even though they are different builds, they look wonderful on her too. Then Bridget trys them, and they also look good. Then, when they think it can't get any weirder, they fit Carmen too. They have a pair of magical pants. When the girls go their seperate ways for the summer, they take turns with the pants. (earning them the name "the traveling pants") in them the girls cry, make mistakes, ruin their lives, and then laugh, and fix them again.
"Mrs. Graffman, I know what happened. you don't have to say." Tibby put her hand to her eyes. The Funeral was two days later, on a Monday.
I loved this book. It is definately something I would read again. I would have to say my favorite charactor was either Bridget or Bailey. I was litterally crying by the end of this, because the part before the end is really sad. I would give this book five stars.
She lay down. She curled up. And then she changed her mind. She was alive, and they were dead. She had to try to make her life big. As big as she could. She promised Bailey she would keep playing.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Shortcuts are dangerous. Flora knows this. When your house has 11,000 rooms, you never know where you will end up. It didn't used to be like this, it used to be that the toilet would be exactly where you needed it to be, and if you needed to get to the kitchen, just walk through a door, and there it is. However, after Flora's mother banished the butler, everything changed. Now most of the rooms are uninhabitable, and the butler hasn't been seen for many, many years. When Flora takes a forbidden shortcut though, and stumbles upon the maybe butler, she and her best friend throw themselves into trying to discover how to bring him back.
This was a good book. I would not read it again, but it was decently written. One of the things I didn't like, was that the best friend, who is mentioned in the summary, doesn't come into the book till like, the middle. Also, I didn't like Flora, but that always depends on the person who is reading it. I would give this book three stars.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
4 stars! It's a good series. Although, actually, maybe the second one was a bit better (you know it's good, when the sequels improve instead of getting worse.)
Vladimir Tod is a teenage vampire, who has to hide it from the public (obviously), so that he isn't killed or something. He doesn't know of there are any like him left, or if there ever was. His parents died in a mysterious fire just a few years before. Now, witness the (expected) and not adventures of this high school vampire's life.
I like this series. It is well written, and the characters are cool, and well developed. There are lots of surprises, one of those books where you definitely expect things, and then it's totally wrong. I think anyone can like it really. I recommend it for those who are interested in vampires, or twilight (although I think this is better), or maybe just good books in general!
Friday, July 3, 2009
So... he lived? A sound came from the stairway. I swear my heart died right then and there. I froze where I sat, trying not to make a sound. Someone was coming for me, walking down the hall right now. I crawled silently into the bathroom and squeezed the door shut. Someone entered the room. I could hear the crunch of plaster dust on the floor as the steps made their way one by one to the window. They turned. Another crunch. I was shaking, sweating, shaking, soaking wet. Please, no, no.
It was the phone call which started everything. When Jason's father calls to tell Jason and his mom that Jason's grandma died, Jason is sent down to Florida to help pack up her house. While he is there, he recieves a creepy phone call, and finds a mysterious postcard. With the help of a girl named Dia, his bestfriend, and many other people, he discovers the secret of his grandmother, and her life.
This was an ok book. It was kinda creepy for the first three quarters, and then it had a very surprising ending. I would give it about three stars. I didn't like the ending, and near the end I had no clue what was going on. Dia is pretty cool, but she and Jason don't really act like normal people.
Jamie has a secret. A secret she hopes will never come to light. When Jamie goes home, the blonde Jamie, turns into Arabic Jamilah. for a while this lie works. but when Jamie's secret threatens to be revealed, she will have to decide whether to be Jamie, or Jamilah.
This was a very good book. It was also a LOL book. I was in the car and I was reading this, and I was cracking up, and my mom is like, "what?!" lol, so funny. I would give this about four and a half stars. I liked Jamilah/Jamie, though I don't really like her decision to keep Jamilah a secret. lol, good book though. this author wrote another book, Does my head look big in this?, and I think I will read and review that.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
the sad thing is, I don't even think this is a kid. so, students, kids, please, PLEASE, PLEASE Submit something next time.
switch 2 life has an interesting review on The Magicians Nephew.
Monday, June 29, 2009
I liked this book, lots! :) It was good, I give it 4 stars! I liked that it was perfectally descriptive enough, with some comedy, romance, horror, drama, and mystery. The wide cast of characters were great. I think it was written very well and the reading goes very smoothly. Every time you try to put the book down you want more. Anyway, Summary time!
Lily is a preteen girl who has moved around a lot, to finally end up living in her mom's families' summer house, (though no one has gone to spend time there for a while). Everytime she leaves a place she misses the last, and loses all her friends. She moves here and is going to be homeschooled until the start of next year, because she doesn't plan on starting all over again just yet. The house has some unusual goings on, that she doesn't know how to explain. She meets a nice boy from town, Vaz, to be her first new friend. They research the house's (and family's) history searching for the answer to the weird things that keep happening, from moving homework to creepy baby dolls and sudden temperature changes.
To find out more you will just have to read it. Have fun
Friday, June 26, 2009
If you are a Harry Potter fan, you obviously looked forward to this coming out! The stories that go along with the Deathly Hallows, explanations, or just an extra sensation of there being another HP book, even though it really isn't. I knew it was going to be short, so I wasn't dissapointed, and these stories are great! I give it 4 and 1/2 stars. If you aren't already an HP fan and you haven't read the series, I don't recommend it, sorry. Did anyone get the Collectors edition? It's amaziinggggg. Anyway, back to the point, Summary time!
This is a collection of stories/fairy tales that are told to magical children, all facing values and issues, and bunches of other stuff. Read the book, thats all I can really say. I recommend it for any Harry Potter fan, and that's really all. :)
I say 11&up actually, because one of the stories, "A Warlocks' Hairy Heart", is extremely violent actually. :P
I picked this book up, curiously. It was on my bookshelf, and I think I bought it a long time ago, but I must've misplaced it and never had the chance to read it. I read it, starting yesterday, and being a fastreader/bookworm, I finished this morning. It's really great. I've never really heard much about it, and I guess there is a sequel, which I must find because I really liked this one. I give it 4 stars! It has action and fantasy and lots of different elements.
Tim&Pip move to a really old house with their parents. It's big, and the property is amazing. They find it adventurous, and the real adventures that would come with the house, they never could have expected. They hear knocking in the walls and suddenly, a boy, come out of the wall. Mystery about how it happened it explained and all and with the boy they embark on a journey with Alchemy to defeat the evil. It sounds lame with that description, sorry, but it's really REALLY good. So go and read it. Like, now. :)
I will say probably 11or12 and up, as there's some intense action and the odd subjects of how the evil is trying to get to them and stuff...
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Now, your average eleven-year-old would probably have been scared out of her wits, not knowing where she was headed, where the ride was taking her, not knowing what waited ahead.
But not me. Not Cal Lavendar. I wasn't scared at all. My knees were aligned, my thighs pressing together and perfectly matched. My hands were folded on my lap. Why should I have been scared? After all, this wasn't my story. This was just a short, temporary detour from what I call life.
When Cal Lavendar's mother has one of her unfortunate episodes, and Cal is brought to "The Pumpkin House" she knows this isn't her story, not her life. The Pumpkin house is a home for girls whose mothers and fathers can't, or wouldn't take care of them anymore. Here Cal meets Monica, Fern, Whitney, Amber, and the strange old lady everyone calls "The Knitting Lady". She doesn't think she will be here for long, so why bother pretend this is her life? Soon, though, despite all her resolutions, Cal feels herself being accepted, and even liked. Will she accept this change as just another chapter of "What I call life"? (again, you should know by now that we don't spoil books.)
I thought this was an o.k. book. It had a bittersweet ending, and I didn't really like Cal all that much, but I think that this book teaches an important lesson on life. I would give this book 2 3/4 stars.
Ebba Rose's mother is very superstitious. When she was still unmarried she went to a skjebne-soke, in other words, a shaman. The Skjebne-soke prophesied that if she was to give birth while facing north, which means she would be giving birth to a "North born", that child would die under a mountain of snow, buried so deep that it couldn't, with out help, get out. So, when she gives birth to a girl, while she faced north, she claims that it is an East born, and calls the girl Ebba Rose, instead of Nyamh.(The first letters of all of her children's first names start with the letter of the direction she was facing when she gave birth.) When Rose is fifteen, her sister Sara gets deathly ill, and her family falls upon hard times, So when a mysterious white bear comes, and tells Rose that if she will go with him, he will make all her family's fortunes turn around, of course she accepts.
Aside from the morelogical reasons for going with the white bear, I had another reason. And that was simply that I wanted to go. It was madness, I knew, to consider going off into unknown lands with a wild beast that owuld most likely devour me at journey's end. I did not want to die. And yet, I wanted to go.
I liked this book. It is a retelling of East of the sun, West of the moon, which is a fairy tale. It also seems to have a bit of Snow White and Rose Red mixed into it. I would recommend this book to anyone who liked The Goose Girl. I would give this three stars.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Ilena never knew her lineage, or where she came from. All she knows is the story of how she, her mother Grenna, and father, Moren, came to live in the Valer of Enfert. Although she lives this way happily for many years, when her father dies she knows she must find out for herself who she is, and where she came from, although this will prove easier said than done. Her parents never told her anything about her family, except one, small clue which her father gave her before he died. "Go to Dun Alyn. Find Ryamen." The bad thing is, she knows little, if anything about the place, not to mention Ryamen. Never the less, eventually she gets there, only to face the biggest challenge of her journey. Will she be able to accept who she is, while fulfilling her destiny?? (I won't tell you, I don't spoil books.)
I like this book a lot, although not as much as other books I've read. I think that it is a little confusing at times, although that might just be me. Also, you'll want to keep in mind that this book takes place in the middle ages. Although you could probably tell that from the cover. I would give this three stars out of five.
Monday, June 8, 2009
"This is pain," he said quietly, coming up behind her. "This is how it feels. And these are nightmares- see them? This is silence. This is fear."
Everyone knows who should be the Jarl, according to the line of succession, but before he can become Jarl, the Snow-Walker came. She came with a man who wished to be Jarl, and who had come and asked her to help. Before long, the evil magic of the Snow-Walker, named Gudrun, begins to work. The old Jarl dies, nothing to show what killed him except a white handprint on his throat. Soon the people are terrified. Whoever stands up to Gudrun pays. With his life. Needless to say the people bow to her, and her husband. It seems as if she is all powerful, and that she will rule forever, but she has one weakness. Her son, Kari.
She had sent him away, banished him, to a place called Thrasirshall, an abandoned fortess far north from the Jarlshold, where she thought he would either die, or leave her in peace. No one knows why she banished him, the only clue is that the Midwife screamed when she delivered the baby. No one has layed eyes on him for many years, but that is about to change.
Her name is Jessa, and her and her cousin Thorkil are banished to Thrasirshall, because their fathers stood up the Gudrun. They are the first two to learn the secret. What will they find? A monster? A way to stop Gudrun? Or both?
Jessa was chewing the ends of her hair. She thought how sudden everything was. "But there's nowhere we can go where she can't see us."
"Or where I can't see her." Kari sat on the chair by the window, his knees huddled up.
"She'll hunt us, yes, like a wolf, sly and sudden, but I'll know. She and I are the same." He glanced up at Brochael, a bleak, swift look. "And we have to choice, do we?"
"None at all," Brochael murmured.
This book, at least the copy I read, was actually a collection of the three books about the Snow-Walker, and her son. If you are unable to find it all together, here are the names of the individual books. The Snow-Walker's Son, The Empty Hand, and The Soul Thieves.
I really liked this book. My mom actually found it in the adult section, but there is no adult content. I think it is simply a little hard to read. Thats the only reason I put it under eleven and up. I was a little jealous of Kari at first, the author made him the main character, and in the first book it all seems to revolve around him. In the other books though, the only way he can actually do anything without dying, was with the help of his friends. I would give this book 3 1/2 stars.
oh, and one hint, don't get too attached with Thorkil, it's not that he dies, but the author just drops him, like in the first book he is really important, but in later books he is only mentioned once. ;) he is a weak character though, don't feel to bad. =D