Tuesday, December 17, 2013

My Review of Evercrossed by Elizabeth Chandler

Wow. Another fantastic book by Chandler!

This one was a little bit weird starting out. She wrote this one years after finishing the third book in the series. The third book ends during the 1990's, when VCR's are still around. This book begins in modern times with a few of the characters having iPhones. That part was a bit confusing to me since this one begins a year after all the dramatic events happened in the first, second, and third books. I mean, how did they go from a VCR to an iPhone so fast?!?

Other than that, I really liked this one. It was almost like a repeat of events but with different and exciting outcomes. 
Unfortunately, this one kind of ends on a cliffhanger, so I'm hoping it gets resolved in the next book.

Overall, I loved it. It was another great read and I love that not only were Ivy, Beth, Suzanne (somewhat), and Will in it, but that Chandler added Kelsey and Dhanya (that's how it's spelled) into it. It definitely made things more interesting.

I would recommend this book because it was just as good as the first three. Hoping the others are just as great!

My Review of The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

I got to say, at first, I didn't think the book would be as good as it was. The beginning was very slow and the ending was really weird, but other than that, the book was pretty good.

It really tugged at my emotions because the situations were so sad. Steinbeck wrote about actual events people had experienced and would tell him about, which makes this book all the more sad since it is a real person's story.

Overall, I enjoyed it a lot. I do recommend it to others. It is definitely a book worth reading.

Friday, October 25, 2013

My Review of ... then just stay fat. by Shannon Sorrels

I thought this book would actually be a fiction story, but it was far from it. It was a book about how to lose weight.
Frankly, I'm okay with my body and I eat pretty healthy as it is, so I don't really know why I continued reading the book if none of the information applied to me.

It originally started off pretty good and it was definitely funny. But as it went along, it started to drag. I had a hard time reading it because I would get bored easily. Usually that happens with a book if the story line doesn't hook me (fiction) or if the information is not helpful to me (nonfiction).

Overall, I thought it was pretty funny. It made me laugh a lot at certain parts in the book. But, it really didn't have anything else that I enjoyed about it (mostly because none of what Sorrels was saying applied to me in any way). I do recommend it to those who are looking for a good book about how to effectively lose weight, but not for someone looking for an entertaining read. It really is mostly just for those wanting to lose weight.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

My Review of Dracula by Bram Stoker

Wow. What a perfect book to read during the month of October. Stoker did an amazing job making the book as scary and creepy as possible.

The two main parts that really freaked me out most was when Dracula crawled down his castle wall like a lizard, and Dracula's eyes being red. I pictured his eyes glowing at night, so every time I read about a scene where he was out at night, I imagined that his eyes glowed this haunting shade of red as he looked at anyone who dared to glance in his direction.

I think it really sucked that Lucy and Quincey had to die. Sure, both of them didn't really do much throughout most of the story, but they were still important parts. I'm glad Quincey died a hero. I'm also glad that they saved Lucy by killing her with a stake through the heart so that she would not have to live the rest of her immortal days as a vampire; that she could go peacefully into the afterlife without having to be controlled by a force that was not her own anymore.

The ending let me down a bit. I figured Dracula would have put up more of a fight than he actually did. It was still a great ending, though.

Overall, I enjoyed it. The book had some slow parts, but that didn't take away from the story's excitement. Each page was filled with a new piece to the puzzle and ended peacefully and happily. I would definitely recommend this to anyone either looking for a great classic or a good scary read.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

My Review of If Angels Burn by Lynn Viehl

Oh wow. This book was definitely out there at times. But, I really did enjoy it.

The strange parts in the book were mostly wrapped around some crazy psychopathic girl, but other than that, it was pretty good.

Viehl did a great job of using imagery throughout the book, especially during the love scenes. Dang, those love scenes were hot! 

Overall, I loved it. It was interesting, and it had me captivated by the end of the first page. I recommend it to anyone looking for a good romantic read with a little bit of comedy, action, paranormal stuff, and suspense mixed in.

Friday, October 11, 2013

My Review of Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson

A friend of mine talked highly about this series, so I decided I would attempt to read it to see what all of the buzz was about. And, believe me, it was one of the best books I've ever read before.

It had a brand new concept about angels, or as they refer to themselves in the book: "mutant freaks", that I had never read about before. It had excitement, action, and a whole bunch of suspense. I can't believe I waited this long to read it.

Overall, I thought it was a fast and easy read. It kept me interested and on my toes the whole way through. I recommend this to anyone looking for a good Young Adult thriller.

Monday, October 7, 2013

My Review of Guyaholic by Carolyn Mackler

This book was the sequel to the book Vegan Virgin Valentine that I finished in January of this year. This one was just as good as the first one.

I'm definitely happy that Mackler made a second book with V as the main character. V was my favorite in the first book and I always hoped she would get her own book someday. And, apparently she did.

In the book, V finally falls in love with a guy named Sam. And she secretly is head over heels for the guy. Who wouldn't be? He's a sweetheart and I know that he is exactly what most girls are looking for.

One night, V accidentally kisses her ex, Amos, and is caught with him by Sam's sister, Rachel. Sam is devastated and leaves for California, and V decides that she needs to get out of Brockport when she keeps seeing Sam everywhere.
She decides to head to her mom's place in San Antonio, but towards the end, V changes her mind when her mom lets her down (for, like, the hundredth time) and ends up heading to California to see Sam.

Overall, I loved the book. It had V's witty and funny attitude along with a touch of romance, which I am always a huge sucker for. 

I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a romantic comedy.

Friday, October 4, 2013

My Review of Poems That Live Forever by Hazel Felleman

This book had a variety of collected poems by select authors. I found a lot of the poems good, a lot of them confusing, and a lot of them not so good.

Overall, I enjoyed reading it. Most of the poems were good, which was the only reason why I continued reading poetry (I'm not a big fan of reading poetry). The bad ones made it hard to read at times, but they were still fairly well written, even if I did not enjoy them.

I recommend this to anyone who likes poetry.

Friday, September 27, 2013

My Review of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

This book was so bad. I hated it so much. Every guy (plus Jordan) was a douche, every girl (excluding Jordan) was annoying and dumb, and every person who came to Gatsby's party was drunk.

Gatsby and Tom made huge jerks out of themselves, and I couldn't stand them. Tom was rude to women, completely racist, and was mad that Daisy was having an affair, yet he himself was having an affair. Gatsby had his rude moments, but he really annoyed me because of how obsessed he was with Daisy. The guy was making himself into a stalker, and it just was so sad to read.

Daisy was just plain dumb. She wasn't sure who she was in love with and she tried so hard to be stupider than she already was.

Jordan was so mean to Nick. In the end of the book, she flat out tells him she hates him when he still is partially in love with her. Talk about rude. She wasn't stupid, Thank God, but I hated how rude she was to Nick.

Nick is very judgmental of everyone. He has his own secretive view of everyone. He also is the biggest third wheel ever. He is included in every situation, but most of them never happen to him.

George and Myrtle.... well.... they were just bad. George was nuts, and Myrtle was an annoying woman who thought she could get everything she wanted in life, but she couldn't.

Overall, it was a long and boring read. I didn't enjoy it at all. Most of the chapters dragged on forever, and the characters were too bad for me to actually like. I don't recommend this book to anyone. AT ALL.

Monday, September 23, 2013

My Review of 1984 by George Orwell

Wow. This book was not exactly what I had expected at first. I thought it was going to be mostly about the Party, but a lot of it included some interesting parts between Winston and Julia...

Overall, it was a great book. I loved how Winston wanted to be independent and have his own ideas that went against the Party and was willing to be an individual, even if it meant that he might have to go to the Ministry of Love because of it.
I recommend this to anyone who is looking for a good dystopian classic to read.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

My Review of The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

This book was one of few books that my school has assigned for me to read that I actually enjoyed. The idea of the story was new and unique and I liked how the things that Hawthorne wrote about back in his time still do apply to now.

The one thing that really made me dread reading the book was Hawthorne's writing style. He tends to write on and on about unimportant and uninteresting details that have nothing to do with the plot of the story. It seems like he used the details just to fill the book. It really made the book hard to read because of how one sentence seemed to turn into a rambling paragraph about nothing. If it hadn't been for that, I probably would have absolutely loved the book. 

Overall, I would recommend it to others. Even though Hawthorne's writing style is not very appealing, the plot of this story is worth reading about it.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

My Review of The Pocket Daring Book for Girls: Wisdom & Wonder

What an interesting book! I've always wanted to read the whole book, but when I found the pocket version in my school library, I immediately checked it out.

It was full of interesting stories and facts, and it was too good to put down! Plus, it was a quick and easy read. The chapters were short and I loved how quickly the book flowed.

Even though this book is non-fiction, and I usually don't read non-fiction books, I think this book was the best non-fiction work I've ever read! I hope others will read it too and enjoy it as much as I did.

Monday, May 6, 2013

My Review of Kissed By An Angel (Omnibus Version) by Elizabeth Chandler

Well, I've been reading this book (or at least trying to) for the past three years, and it's a relief to finally have it done! I loved this book sooooooo much! It had excitement, it had romance, it had suspense, it had everything that makes a book perfect. It was also the most original book I've read in a long time. Chandler is a brilliant writer!

The romance between Ivy and Tristan in the book really touched me. It's hard to find as great a love as they have.

Overall, it was a great read. I recommend this to everyone whose looking for another good read.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

My Review of Matched by Ally Condie

This book was amazing! I loved every page, even though I occasionally got bored or angry with the book.
The book is set in a dystopian place that the Society controls. Each person has a life chosen by Officials. They are told where to work, when they will die, and even who they will love.
The main character, Cassia Reyes, is a lovable and believeable girl. In the beginning, she trusts the things that the Society has established at first, but as the book goes along, she begins to realize that everyone deserves their own choice.
Cassia was a good character, but she made me angry with some of her choices.
In the book, those who say they want to be Matched to someone have a Match chosen for them. Cassia's match is her friend, Xander. Xander is a blond haired, blue eyed sweetheart who is head over heels for Cassia. I loved him most out of the characters because:
1. I love blond haired blue eyed guys!
2. He is a complete sweetheart. He's really nice and he would do anything for Cassia.
When Cassia and Xander are Matched, she is given a microcard that tells her all about her Match and the Courtship Guidelines. While looking at it, Xander's face disappears and a new one appears, a boy named Ky Markham. He is an Aberration, and Aberrations and Anomalies are not allowed to be Matched to anyone.
At first, Cassia ignores what she sees and sticks to Xander's side. But, as time goes on, and Cassia begins to start seeing Ky more often and begins to fall for him, she immediately wants to be with Ky.
This angered me a bit, not because of Xander's looks or anything, but because she basically tossed him aside once she heard there was someone different and mysterious that she had no idea about. It was like the idea of meeting a stranger who could easily hurt her was more fun than sticking with someone she knew. I saw this part as what people typically think a girl does: pick the jerk and leave the good guy behind. That's what I saw this as; Cassia leaves Xander behind to pursue Ky (Ky's not a jerk, though. He's actually really nice) just because she barely knows him. Poor Xander. He gets basically "friend-zoned" by Cassia. I even felt bad for him when he helped try to keep Ky and Cassia together, even though he didn't want to do that. That is true love.
But, the thing that angered me more than some of Cassia's choices was the Society. I was glad when Cassia finally decided to start being different. I wouldn't stand a place like that. People need to be able to make their own choices in life, like Cassia realizes in the book. After she learns this, she defies the Society by doing what she feels is right, and I applaud her for that.
This book was a great read, and I can't wait to get started on the second one. I hope it's as good as the first!

Monday, January 21, 2013

My Review of Vegan Virgin Valentine by Carolyn Mackler

This book was a fantastic read. I was hooked from the beginning. The story is about a girl, Mara Valentine, who is very uptight. She's a vegan, a straight-A student, and is struggling to keep her grades up so she can beat out her ex-boyfriend, Travis Hart, for the valedictorian spot. But, those plans are altered when her niece, Vivienne Vail Valentine (she likes to be called V), comes to town to stay with Mara and her parents, Mara is less than thrilled. They don't get along at first, but, eventually along the way, V teaches Mara how to become more "loose" and Mara teaches V the differences between "right" and "wrong". In the end, they develop a strong family bond and a strong family love.
I really loved V. She was funny, random, and very witty. She tended to get on Mara's nerves a lot in the beginning because Mara was so serious and V liked to joke around a lot. I love how V is an individual and doesn't let Mara's comments get the best of her. Even though some things she did were questionable, I cheered for her being independent and different.
I also loved Mara. The way she was serious in the beginning sort of drove me nuts, though. I found her quite annoying when she was trying so hard to be serious when V struggled to joke around with her. But, towards the middle, I began to love Mara because she began to learn that you can let loose and have fun sometimes; you don't always have to work.
I found myself in both characters. I found that Mara is who I struggle to be at school, and V is who I am outside of school. I know that during school, I have to be concentrating on work and getting things done, but in the real world, it's okay to have fun. Both characters are very much like my different personalities inside and outside of school, making them easier to love.
This book was funny and interesting. I recommend it to anyone who wants a good read.

My Review of East by Edith Pattou

Well, this book is unlike many others books I have read. The book is based off of a fairytale known as East of the Sun and West of the Moon. Two of the book's main characters, Rose and the White Bear, were my favorite characters. I loved Rose's adventurous spirit as it reminded me of how I used to be as a child, and am (somewhat) today. The White Bear's love for music was something I loved as well, since I am a huge fan of music and anything that deals with it. This book took me on an adventure from beginning to end, and it kept me on my toes. This book is definitely a good read and I hope that someone will take the time to read it and feel as enchanted as I did. I also hope someone will fall in love with it just as I did.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

New Idea

I just read a fantastic blog that inspired me to post an article that I wrote about bullying and the effects it causes. Check the link out here: http://www.teenink.com/hot_topics/bullying/article/519508/Being-Bullied/

I hope you enjoy reading it. Also, I know it is very detailed, but it is very true. Depression and bullying are not things people should take lightly!