May 29, 2013

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Hey everybody! I finally have another review for y'all today. Max says she'll be doing a music picks thing, too, but I don't know about Tessa. Anyway, here's a review of Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card:

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Ender hasn’t really had much of a life yet; he’s six, after all. He does go to school, though, where he’s bullied for being a Third, all the while being tested for something he doesn’t know, but knows it’s important. Turns out he passed, when his siblings didn’t. And his brother Peter resents him for it. When Ender gets to the Battle School to train to fight the buggers, an alien race that has already attacked humankind twice, he is again hated on for being so intelligent, but he excels, and everyone notices. In the Battle Room, Ender is a genius, knowing how to defeat his enemies even though his commander won’t let him even step inside the room. Nobody else seems to understand how to think in zero gravity...

May 27, 2013

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

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This Is What Happy Looks Like

Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Release Date: April 2, 2013
Pages: 416
Review by: Tessa

       Graham and Ellie are pen pals, but they don't even know each other's names. Graham is an international superstar, but Ellie is just a small town girl with a past she would like to forget. They start emailing each other when Graham accidently sends Ellie a message about his pet pig. She is intrigued and they start talking about everything, except for who they are. When Graham's new movie conveniently takes him to Ellie's small Maine town the fairytale really begins.
      Graham hunts for his princess, but all his princess wants to do is hide. With a plot full of mistaken identities, lost pasts, and paparazzi anything can happen. They figure out that emailing each other is very different from meeting face-to-face.

May 24, 2013

Cassia's Top Music Picks

Hey everybody!  I don't have a review today, but I do have some of my top music picks!  I have no idea if Tessa or Max are doing this, just to let you know.  Anyway, here's some of my top genres, artists, albums, and songs, and a little bit about why they're on my top lists.

Top 5 Genres:
1.) Country--This is just about all I've listened to.  I grew up with it, and it will forever be my favorite genre.
2.) Rock--Same with this one. I grew up with it, but I've grown to love it more over the past two years.
3.) Classical--I play a viola, so this is all I've ever played and I love it: the emotion and just everything about it.
4.) Pop--Any popular music, and it's played so much on the radio I can't help but like it.
5.) some Alternative, depending on what you put in that category--Another version of rock that I've grown to love.

May 11, 2013

Review | Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

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Clockwork Angel

Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices #1
Release Date: August 31, 2012
Pages: 479
Review by: Tessa

*Disclaimer* Nothing I can say will fully describe how amazing this book is. It is literally beyond words. 
       It's 1878 in London and everything is normal, Jessamine is walking in the park, Charlotte is writing letters, and Will and Jem are fighting demons. Yep. If any of you have read The Mortal Instruments you are already familiar with this world of angels and demons. But if you haven't read them I strongly suggest reading them first and then coming back to this review.
      Clockwork Angel is the same premise as TMI, demons are getting loose and someone has to fight them. Enter the Shadowhunters. They were chosen by the Angel himself to fight demons and deal with the drama that comes with them. Every one of them as markings on their bodies called runes. They signify different powers, such as healing, night vision, and strength. Shadowhunters are trained from a young age to fight demons because their job is so important. They protect not only other Shadowhunters, but also the whole mortal world from demons. Now, the plot. Tessa suddenly enters the Shadowhunters' lives when they rescue her from the Dark Sisters (I think their name explains who they are). Tessa turns out to be an important piece in a case that is puzzling the Shadowhunters. The quest begins to find who kidnapped Tessa and find out who she really is. While all this is going on, a mystery is unfolding when clockwork machines randomly appear to fight the Shadowhunters. Does this have anything to do with Tessa?

May 6, 2013

Along For the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Hey everybody! Sorry we haven't been posting a lot lately. Right now we're working on a new system to our reviews. I'm not sure if we're posting on assigned days or not, but we're picking what books/series we're reviewing to make it fair. Here's another review for you all, and I'm planning to post another within the next week if not the next couple days.

Along For the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Auden is a straight-A student. Her parents are divorced, their fights were horrible, and ever since, she’s been an insomniac. She’s ready for college, her whole life is in order, her parents expect nothing less than 110%, she has to study during the summer, and she is not happy with her life at all. Her life has been protected with school and hardly any friends, and all she’s ever known is studying. When she moves to shore-side town Colby, North Carolina for the summer to spend time with her father and his new wife, she comes across three girls that are just the type she steers clear of: happy, carefree, and...girly. She also meets another boy like her--Eli. He is also an insomniac, but his night life is totally different from Auden’s. Her parents want her to go to college, but what if she just wants to have fun?

This is the second of Dessen’s books that I’ve read so far. I fell in love with the first one I read of hers (The Truth About Forever) and I automatically picked up this one.