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Review of The Day IDied by Lori Rader-Day
"The author gave a realistic picture of a seriously abused woman. In spite of her problems she was able to raise her son without abusing him. The author was able to keep me reading as she continued to build suspense until the final chapter."
This book will be published in April 2017.
Review of Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens
This teen book deals well with themes of guilt, alienation, peer pressure and sexual assault. It was a good read even for an adult.
It had a good story, but was very wordy. Too much explaining of surroundings, etc. I would recommend that the first two books in this series be read first so you know more about the characters. I don't think she really built up to the ending.
Review of The Paradox of Vertical Flight by Emil Ostrovski
I got this book this weekend and I completed it in two days (which for me is incredibly fast)! I didn't notice at first that the back of the book said "Fans of John Green will enjoy." I love John Green and immediately noticed the similar writing styles. Depressed, philosophical teen kidnaps his newborn baby and goes on an adventure to Grandma's house with his ex and best friend. I enjoyed Jack's sassy attitude and the way he talked back to himself. The internal dialogue really made the story for me, because I found it relate able. The book was also extremely philosophical (with a character named Socrates, I expected that). At one point toward the end, I had to put it down and think about some of the theories presented to me. In addition to that, I was continually laughing out loud. It was such a feel-good book, while being much deeper than I would have guessed.
I loved the book and think it's on of my new favorites. I would be reading it again right now, but I have already lent it to someone!
Imagine if a group of 13th century travelers were joined on the road by something... predatory. From that premise, Something Red expands to give us deeply drawn characters of both genders, all stations of life, and ages. There are moments of dread and true horror! I finished Something Red days ago, and it's still haunting me - in a good way.
This book is a great read for anyone who loves animals and wildlife. With a Greek background, you will love it even more. The author's descriptive words for theshades of Lake Superior make you feel as though you are right there. I Loved This Book!
I am a 13 year old boy and I don't particularly like fantasy, in fact I really dislike it, but An Army of Frogs was captivating and I never wanted to stop reading. I can only imagine how much someone who actually likes fantasy books would love it.
"The DUFF" by Kody Keplinger is one of my all time favorites! "The DUFF"? you may be asking? Well, it stands for "The Designated Ugly Fat Friend". I absolutely fell in love with story! The characters were great, but overall the message is what got me! Always feeling like an outcast in high school, even among my friends, this book helped me realize I wasn't alone. It helped me feel relate able to others.
I highly recommend this one to young readers! It's got some mature content, but overall the message is one that every young reader (over the age of 16) should read about! :)
This had an interesting story idea that kind of gets lost about half way through. Regardless, it would still be a good read for an early to late teen! There are lots of "Hunger Games" style plot lines. Thanks for the read!
Review of The Astor Orphan: A Memoir by Alexandra Aldrich
Very interesting! I learned a lot about author's childhood. The Book is lacking in plot and conlusion of her life, though.
Review of Strangelets By Michelle Gagnon
Strangelets is a great read for lovers of sci fi. It has some unbelievable elements. The alien creatures made no sense, and for a moment this was a mash up from the writers of Octoshark and Flash Forward. The reason I finished the book is the main three charafters were real and I was willing to follow them to the end of the story. Not the best and not the worst.
I enjoyed this book! Interesting story line. Ghost stories are usually fun, and this one has a different cultural twist. It's well written - a good read. My only suggestion: it needs a glossary of all the Chinese words used.
(This book is coming out August 2013)
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