Written by Jodi Picoult, Picture Perfect is about Cassie who tries to leave her abusive husband who is a famous actor. The novel goes through Cassie's life with Alex and all the times she tries to leave, only to come back to him, the first time because she develops amnesia. Cassie knows in her heart that Alex, while forgiving after hurting her, will keep abusing her physically and mentally. Cassie also knows that she will always have a home at a Sioux reservation where her savior Will's grandparents live. She must make the hardest decision on whether to leave or to stay, even when it seems Alex has changed.
I thought this book was good, with many twists and turns. I enjoyed the format it was written, too, with it starting with Cassie and her amnesia, then with her life with Alex, and finally how she figured everything out. It was thought provoking, and it makes you wonder how a woman could go back to her abuser.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey
My mom got this book from the library in a attempt to sharpen up my reading skills during the summer and of course to make me more effective. In the book the author Covey provides us with the 7 habits all teens must aquire to be and become more effective in today's society. The book goes step-by-step to help the reader gain more knowledge easier. Also in the stories they author gives the readers example of how to use the 7 habits in their everyday life. I did not enjoy this story though because I like story lines in my books and not just facts scattered throughout the book.
Pattyn, a Morman teenage girl, has been taught that men are in the dominant role and women have to follow all of their rules. Soon enough, Pattyn learns that she can have her own ideas and voice, even if others are not okay with it.
The River's Tale is the ultimate book for descriptions. The author tells the true story of how he spent a year traveling the length of the Mekong River in Asia and the people he met along the way. He talks to yak herders in Tibet, tea makers in China, poor villagers in Laos and Cambodia, wealthy hotel owners in Thailand, former opium smugglers in Myanmar, and salesmen in Vietnam. And all along the way he writes with vivid descriptions of everything from rain to rats to houses and of course the river itself. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes travel essays, memoirs, adventures or is interested in east or southeast Asian life.
Action! is really one of my favorite Nancy Drew book, kind of because I really love movies and this book is about the shooting of the movie “Stealing Thunder”. And it takes place on........ You guessed it, a movie set. However, I'd probably read the book before this, "Lights, Camera...." first because I didn't, and I was kind of confused. The funny part of this book is that the movie is supposed to be based on a real life mystery that took place a long time ago but when Nancy fills in for one of the actresses, in the role of Esther Rackham, she manages to solve the mystery that has stumped River Heights (the city) for a hundred years. Of course, you would think that would be good but actually they have to remake the whole movie because of the secret just so it is accurate. Some help that is!
Vanishing Acts is another one of Jodi Picoult's brilliant books. It takes you in the life of Delia, her fiance Eric, her friend Fitz, and her father Andrew. Delia's relationships will all these people are tested when a police officer delivers news that seems to send her world spinning. Delia is really Bethany, Andrew is really Charles. Delia's father admits that he kidnapped her as a child and that her mother is in Arizona, alive. Delia's trust is shattered. While in Phoenix for her father's trial she meets a woman who teaches her a valuable lesson about life. Delia also deals with Eric returning to Alcohol, Fitz makes his true feelings known. As secrets about her past life are revealed, Delia forms a stronger bond with her daughter, Sophie. Delia has built her mother up to be perfect but when she meets her, she comes to realize that her father really did know best. As Delia learns more things of her past she begins to trust her father again. She comes to realize that it wasn't just an act of vengeance towards her mother but an act of love.
I thought it was a very touching book. It brought together all the feelings that mixed race couples have to deal with.
When Miah died at the end I cried because I knew that Ellie would never be able to get past his death. The only somewhat happy thought that came after that was that at least he died happy, after a night alone with Ellie and then on his way home dribbling that basketball.
At the beginning of the story, Laney Parker is a carefree girl living in Manhattan who is grateful that school has ended and summer has just begun. She wonders what summer will bring her, but isn't too worried, until her mother forces her to go to a sleepaway camp in Pennsylvania. Laney goes reluctantly and finds that being popular in Manhattan isn't going to cut it for being cool at camp, she also finds herself falling for a guy she wouldn't be caught dead with back home.
I throughly enjoyed this book, the author, Julie Kraut, kept me laughing throughout the story, with Laney's overly dramatic (but not annoying) nature, and funny comments. The plot line was great, and always made you want to know what Laney was going to do (or say!) next.
I really loved this book! Calvin & Hobbes the 10th Anniversary Book is a very funny comic book about the typical experiences of a boy and his stuffed animal. Calvin is a naughty boy who has a stuffed tiger, Hobbes, that he truly believes is a "real" tiger. Between his parents, Susan (the girl next door), the baby-sitter Rosanne, and school, Calvin gets into many adventures that will have you "laughing your head off." My favorite part is when Calvin uses a cardboard box to duplicate himself, change himself into a tiger, or go back into the time of dinosaurs. I liked how in the beginning of the book, the writer explained how each of the characters came to be...I thought that it was very interesting. Read Calvin and Hobbes the 10th Anniversary to have a laugh you'll never forget! Note: If you liked this book, check out some other CALVIN AND HOBBES books.
The Changeling is a good book when you don't have much to do or you are very busy. This book has more cliffhangers than the previous two in the series for there is a new twist. A Changling that can tap into people's memories and take shape of them. So the dead come back to life; the lost are found and a trap is set. Of course the hero prevails-eventualy, but not without a few...twists in prespective. The Changling is not very smart though when it comes to getting the dragon what he wants (the Hero-Owen) though because he always fights his battle up hill by choice. What I mean by that is: he says that the "prince of lies" (the villian) will make a deal when that Owen KNOWS that he will not honor it instead of simply baiting him. But hey, sometimes idiotic villians with a sense of humor help make a great story or at least make it intresting!
Bad Times, Big Crimes is a pretty good book that's set in the Great Depression. It is kind of sad how so many people were homeless and starving. This book is different from the other Nancy Drew books because it is actually inside a dream of Nancy Drew's. When Nancy attends a lecture she falls asleep and dreams that she is in the Great Depression. When she finds she can't get out of this strange world, she tries to solve the mystery of who has been tricking people out of their money and their houses and property. To do this they have to mingle with the thieves and put a lot more than money on the table. Of course, they do it against the rules. Of course, more than the mystery I liked the weird clothes they wore and the way they talked. I would advise you to read this book if you’d like something different.
Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
Maximum Ride:The Angel Experiment is the beginning of a series. A group of kids who are genetic experiments escape form a government facility and live together as a family of six, calling themselves the "flock" because they were given avian DNA that left them with extra strength, wings including the ability to fly. They live a different life than we would recognize. Their enemies are Erasers, shape shifers from human to wolf. Max is the leader and she is only 14 years old. They discover new things about themselves while journeying back to the dreaded School: the government facility they escaped from when the youngest member, Angel, is captured. Narrated from Max's point of view it holds humor, action, and a lot of plot twist that makes you want to discover the answers as quick as you can. Take the risk and start this book-who knows where it could lead you.
I enjoyed this book beacause it was different. It tells about the life of Sky (short for Skylar) and how she is a vampire but human at the same time. And she never knew her father or her mother but only her grandmother. Her father had died when she was a young age and her mother is in a coma for a long time. Sky had become a vampire because her mother is a vampire godess and she is a human because of her human father. She makes friends with these two boys. and she or they are like the misfits. She dresses in layers and layers of clothes so people won't see her real shape of her body.
Daughter of the Forest, by Juliet Mariller, is a fantasy set in the druidic era of Ireland. The main character, a young girl named Sorcha, must save her brothers after they are ensnared in the witchraft of their foster mother the Lady Oonagh. Sorcha becomes very self-sufficient, but in the end has to rely on her new friends to save her brothers.
Lancelot du Lethe, by Robert J. King, is a retelling of the tale of King Arthur, Lancelot and Queen Guenivere. It recounts the childhood of Lancelot and his induction to the Round Table, as well as his love affair with Queen Guenivere. Lots of action, as well as some unexpected twists and vivid description, made this a really enjoyable read!
Shatterglass by Tamora Pierce is the fourth book in The Circle Opens series. It recounts the adventures of Tris and her new student mage, Keth, who is a lightning mage and works in a glassmaker's shop. Due to an accident he had in a lightning storm, Keth is unable to reclaim his gift for glassmaking until Tris helps him overcome his fear of lightning and use his magic for good.
Just as Ivy and Tristan have each other Ivy's world is thrust into darkness when Tristan is killed in a terrible car accident! Soon, Tristan awakes to find that he is Ivy's guardian angel. However, Tristan has a difficult time getting through to Ivy and warning her about the danger she is in. Throughout the book new mysteries and clues are added that will keep you guessing until the last word of the book. I enjoyed this book because it provided a new view on life and death, love, and deception. Overall, i highly recommend this book for someone who is searching for a new kind of adventure.
I recommend POP! for any teenage girl trying to figure out wether or not she is ready to take her relatonships with boys to the next level. Marit, has always has short relationships and never knew why until her two best friends pointed out that she always broke things off when things became physical and sex was a possibility. Marit strives to overcome this problem by sleeping with her best guy friend Jamie because there would be no strings attached and she could pursue new boy Noah, right? Or maybe not... Marit's world is rocked by all her decisions and now she must decide what the right thing to do is to salvage her friendship and a possible relationship. I highly enjoyed this book because of the decisions that Marit had to make but i would recommend this book to older teenagers. Overall, POP! is a very good book.
Pool Boys is a fun summer beach read to get you through the long days of summer. Three best friends realize that their summer at the country club may actually be different this summer due to two new arrivals. However, these new arrivals certainly shake things up, cause the girls to almost lose their friendship, and causes a whole bunch of summer drama. I thought Pool Boys was good because it was an easy read and was nice to read while sitting outside in the sun. I also liked Pool Boys because it was easy to understand the characters feelings and to compare with what they were going through.
Hunted, is the final book in the House of Night Series. P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast create a suspenseful action filled masterpiece to end their series. Zoe and her friends continue fighting their way through the evil that has taken over the house of night and teamed up with the new "red" vampires to take the House of Night back and save their fellow classmates. I really enjoyed this book because it explained many unsolved mysteries, mixed up the reader's thoughts on which boyfriend Zoe xhould choose, and kept me guessing until the very end. Over all, Hunted, is by far the best book in the House of Night Series.
If The Witness Lied is a book that will leave you hanging until the very end, and will make you want more. The book had a very interesting story line about a family whose mother died from childbirth and father from a vehicle accident. Everyone blamed the little baby boy as being the killer of his mother and also his father, because he was the one who released the parking brake on the vehicle. The family splits up. Aunt Cheryl is left to take care of the two boys that stay at home. When the children come together again by coincidence, and find some interesting pictures from the day of their father's death, they start to think that everything wasn't what it seemed. Was the baby really the killer...or did someone murder their father? Read If The Winess Lied by Caroline B. Cooney to find out! Note: Also check out other books by Caroline B. Cooney. I think she is an awesome author!
When I first received this novel, I was a bit unsure if I'd like it. I've read stories about academies before and I for one was never really into them. Also, I had never read Wuthering Heights, from which this novel gets its title and some of the background. But once I started this novel, I found it impossible to put down. I was constantly kept on the tips of my toes waiting for what would happen next. I was intrigued by the romance factor, and by the mystery factor, also. I found myself laughing aloud at some parts in this novel because of Cara Lockwood's comedic way of writing and portraying the lead character, Miranda Tate's personality. I would have to recommend this novel to anyone who loves their classic literature (because there are many ties to classic literature in this novel), a book that makes you giggle at times, romance, or the kind of mystery novel that isn't really the girl opening the door with the monster behind it but more of a complex, less cliché mystery sense. I give this book an A !
I really loved this book. I think that this book is better than the previous two in the "Land of Elyon" series. But if you want to read this book without having your head spinning, I'd recommend reading the first 2 books first. This book continues where "Beyond the Valley of Thorns" leaves off.
Yipes, the tiny midget man has been kidnapped by Victor Grindall, the servant of Abaddon. And to rescue him, Alexa(a 13-year old girl), Murphy(the most hyper talking squirrel there is),Armon(the last of the good giants), Thomas Warvold( an 80-year old man), Renny Warvold(his wife), and Roland(his brother, one of the Land of Elyon's most famous explorers). Not the team you'd probably want rescuing you, but after a while they discover their strengths and form a strong force. After reading this book I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. I mean it did have a happy ending but Alexa discovers this huge secret about herself.
SPOILER ALERT!! I mean imagine finding out the man you thought was your father all your life wasn't. And on top of it not finding who your father was until he was dead! Oops! Shouldn't have said that. At least I didn't reveal who her dad was. So, you have to read this book because it is AWESOME!
Dear Mr. Henshaw is a really touching book that gives the realistic point-of-view of a 10 year old boy named Leigh Botts. Actually I only read this book because I remember reading it a long time ago in 2nd or 3rd grade and though I remembered that I had liked the book I couldn't remember the story. But once I started reading it I really liked it. I always feel sorry for the kids with divorced parents. I also kind of never understood why the parents would do such a thing. But this book really helped to understand more about divorces and how the family is affected by it. Plus, the way the book is written is pretty funny. And it kind of makes you think back to when you were a 10 year old because it’s written in the form of letters and diary entries. If you like reading books that’ll make you feel like laughing and crying then you'll probably like this book as much as I did.
I thought that this book as part of the Twilight series acted as a filler and not a lot went on in this book. After I read this book I immediately dove into the final book, Breaking Dawn, and forgot everything about Eclipse. Therefore, Eclipse wasn't very interesting and there were parts in it that were dry. Usually I can stop myself from reading this series but in Eclipse I wanted to skip certain sections. For example, when Stephanie Meyer explained about the history of the werewolves and vampires I almost fell asleep! I think she could have summed it up in a page or two. Instead it was like ten or twenty pages long! Other than that the book was decent. I enjoyed the akward moments when Eward and Jacob would fight and Bella couldn't help it. Also when Jacob had to keep her warm and Edward was helpless to try and comfort Bella. All the book is about is Victoria is trying to kill Edward with herarmy of new vampires she made and Jacob and his pack of werewolves help fight them with the Cullens. Ofcourse the Cullens win and Edward and Bella's relationship grow even stronger as they think about marriage.
I rather liked this book even though the twists and turns were not very dramatic. The largest turn was the training on the island (who's name is very long)that gave the author an acutal hero to write a story about. The achilles heel of the author was the Book of the King that basicly announced the next turning point in the which made it rather dull at times. But the Book stated the plan that would save three worlds. All stories have a plan like this and at certain times it would reveal itself ,but it was contsantly present in this story ruining some of the best parts. The good parts of the story where in the details that didn't constrict the imagination but instead give it guidlines to create the object in the reader's imagination. The style of writing was spectacular but is was the plot of the book that messed it up. I think if this book was redone plot-wise it would be much, much better
No Strings Attached is a book that endears itself to all puzzle lovers. This book is about teen detective Nancy Drew. When Nancy goes to Paris, “The City of Light", with her best friends Bess and George, the peaceful sight-seeing trip she expected is soon transformed into a desperate race against time to find a hidden treasure and save her friend's family business. Mimi Loiseau runs a marionette theatre and museum that has belonged to her family for generations. But when things start going wrong Mimi believes she has no choice but to sell it. The only way left to save the business is to find the treasure hidden by Mimi's great-grandmother. But when Nancy tries to find the treasure she puts herself and her friends in danger. But that doesn't stop Nancy. Read this book and see if you can solve the puzzles before Nancy. I really loved this book and I'm sure you will too.
I love this book because it starts out with a girl from a small town with a small band and they become famous and Molly ,the lead singer, get so stressed out with interveiw and gigs. Her and the lead guitar player get into a relationship. It all ends different then what you would think so I don't want to spoil it all. Read it yourself to find out!
Buongiorno! That's "Hi" in Italian which is where this story mainly takes place.
Framed is a mind bending book that features Nancy Drew, a seasoned teenage detective. Nancy goes to the rescue of a prince named Carlo Falco when he is accused of stealing a priceless painting from his family. But when Nancy hears his story she is sure of his innocence. After going to his family's palace in Italy, Nancy finds a letter that suggests evidence hidden away in a mountain chateau. But every step of the way, Nancy has to think about whether she can trust the people around her. Especially, since some of the stories don't add up and she has been warned that the people behind this will do anything to get their way. Even if it means that someone gets hurt.
All in all, I really thought the book was pretty cool. I especially liked the part where Nancy puts herself into the other person’s shoes to think of why they might have done what they did. Save this book for an afternoon where you need something to stir you up but don’t count on it to leave you raving about it later.
I think that Blonde Ambition, by Zoey Dean, is a great book for girls who like having to keep reading to find out. I really enjoy all the characters and how they put so much into the story. With out them it would not be the same.
For example, Cammie. Without her getting mad and payback all the time, a lot of the drama in the book would not have happened. I think Anna is also the perfect main character. Everyone thinks she is perfect and she is really not inside.
All the characters add so much more drama then needed, but that is what makes the books fun. You read and think of the mistakes they made and what you would have done. This is the third A-List book I have read. I enjoyed this one the same as the last 2. I am excited to read more to see where this is going to go, and if it gets better or worse. Until then, BYE!
This is an awesome thriller that keeps your nerves on end, till the very end.
A Taste of Danger is set in a restaurant/resort called the "Gourmet Getaway". The main characters are Nancy Drew, a teenage detective, and her best friends- Georgina, a tomboy who calls herself George, and George's cousin Bess, a flirtatious blonde. Also with them is Nancy’s housekeeper, who was practically her foster mother, since Mrs. Drew died.
When they go to visit her father's friend, Mike Rinaldi, at his family-owned resort, the "Gourmet Getaway", they find out that someone is trying to sabotage it and, as usual, Nancy gets drawn into the case. Soon, she finds out that the culprit will stop at nothing to achieve his goal, including hurting Nancy and her friends.
The end of this book really stunned me. This book kept me hooked till the end. I really enjoyed it and once I started I couldn't put it down till I finished it.
This is an awesome book starring Nancy Drew. What I really loved about this book is that Nancy is a regular girl just like the rest of us. She isn't a millionaire or a genius, she just happens to run into trouble all the time.
In this book she goes to watch an opera and finds out that there is some friction between the leads. As the sabotage gets worse and worse she gets drawn into the case. When she finally solved the case I was surprised by the conclusion.
Read this book if you love mystery and interesting and sometimes bizarre characters!
I enjoyed the book Triss, because there was lots of action. In this book there are 2 stories, one about 3 slaves running away from an evil princess named Kurda, and then the other about animals from Redwall battling 3 adders. So you can see there is lots of things going on! The 3 slaves in the book, are running away to gather more people to free the slave from captiviy. The creatures from Redwall are going up against a " 3 headed " adder, which is really 3 snakes tied together at the tail by a chain. This book is very suspenceful, but very funny and good.
In the first book (Dreams on Ice), Livvy moves during the time when she is training to eventualy go to the Olympics. She thinks everything will never be the same, but in the end she finds change isn't all bad, and mostly good.
In the second book (Only the Best), Jenna Song deals with a new addition to her family an adopted brother. She thinks she won't be loved like before. In the end though she finds that she will still be loved.
These two good books are fun and easy to read. I think that Beverly Lewis has stayed at her level with these two good books. I would definately recomend these books for other teens to read.
I read the book Loamhedge by Brian Jacques and found it very good. The series Redwall is about an Abby that has many stories about the past and present. This story has many combined that all meet up with each other in the end.
One, is about two animals (a squirrel named Saro and an otter named Bragoon) that ran away when they were only kids. They return to Redwall, to find a hare maid that can't walk. They find in some scrolls, that in Loamhedge, a place far away, a mouse found the secret to walking. So the travelers go off in search of the "cure", but what they don't realize is that three kids at the abby have decided to follow them on their quest.
Meanwhile, two badgers are found by an ocean, the older one dead and the younger one scarred in the face. Some otters that live nearby, save the younger one’s life. The badger goes to seek revenge on the sea rats, who killed his friend. The sea rats on the other hand, are trying to find a better place to live, where food is plenty and there is no work. The ideal place, Redwall abby, where the animals are peaceful and can't fight back. Of course, they are very resorceful. This story is about bravery, dubbins ( little kids at the abbey ), truth, and most of all, frendship.
I think that this book is inspiring, because some of the characters die to save others. Although it is sometimes sad, the dubbins make you laugh at how funny they are. You should try to read this book and all of the Redwall series, as I am doing, if you have nothing to read and want some good books.