August 22, 2013

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

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Author: Sarah Dessen
Series: N/A
Release Date: April 22, 2008
Pages: 422
Review by: Max

"Ruby, where is your Mother?"

Ruby has dreaded these words for as long as she can remember. Okay, not really. But ever since her mom left her, she's been on her own and as long as no one finds out she'll be fine.
She'll turn eighteen, live in the rented yellow house, and everything will be okay.

Unless she hears those words.

Guess what? She does.

August 15, 2013

Review | Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Grave Mercy

Author: Robin LaFevers
Series: His Fair Assassin #1
Release Date: April 3, 2012
Pages: 549
Review by: Max

"Why be the sheep when you can be the wolf?"

Basically, this book is Brittany, France plus assassin nun spies plus medieval court life.
Really....what more could you want?

Ismae's only seventeen, but in seventeen years, a lot can happen. For instance, you can be abused by your father AND your husband, join a convent, and fall in love with someone you're assigned to kill.

All in less than two decades. Pretty good, huh?

Anyway, it all started when Ismae (does anyone know how to pronounce this, by the way? I go with Is-may) was born. Since her father is Death, you can safely assume that this was the start of her problems.

After an unsuccessful wedding, Ismae is carted away to a convent that she knows nothing about. She's just grateful to get away.
However, it turns out that she's not at some ordinary convent; she's at a convent of St. Mortain, the patron saint of Death. And the nuns there? They're Death's handmaidens, and they do whatever he wants them to.

I loved basically everything about this book.

August 14, 2013

Entwined by Heather Dixon

Hey everybody! Cassia here! Umm I don't really have an introduction today, so...here's another review!

Entwined by Heather Dixon

Azalea and her sisters are living their dream: dancing every night, for hours, as long as they want. After their mother died, they were in mourning; they couldn’t dance. When the King seems to never lift the mourning, Azalea gets desperate. She knows her mother would never want this for them. When she finds a secret passage to a place where they can dance, she’s thrilled. It’s so magical she can hardly believe it’s true. Along with the place, she discovers the magic hidden in the castle...and something hidden that no one was ever supposed to find...

August 11, 2013

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

An Abundance of Katherines

Author: John Green
Release Date: September 21, 2006
Pages: 226
Review by: Tessa

Colin has a thing for Katherines. Katherines have a thing for dumping Colin. Some people may call this an obsession, but Colin thinks it is perfectly normal. But Colin is also thinks that he can fix his relationship issues by solving math problems.
When Katherine XIX (for those of you who don't know Roman numerals, that is nineteen) breaks Colin's heart, he is done with Katherines. He decided to go on a impromptu road trip with his sarcastic best friend. Colin never does anything spontaneous, so this is all new to him. They end up in Gunpoint, Tennesse with no Katherines in sight, but there is a Lindsay who might be Katherine material. Green creates a puzzle of a plot that involves hog hunting, a dead Archduke, and multiple trips to Hardy's. Will Colin ever get the girl? Will her name be Katherine?

Flash Point by Nancy Kress

Hey everybody! Cassia here! Summer is winding down, so I'm trying to get more reviews in before fall, and trying to finish Les Mis. It's really good and I don't want it to end, but I want to finish it before fall. Enjoy the rest of the summer, and here's another review!

Flash Point by Nancy Kress

Amy is the only one who provides for her grandmother and her sister. Amy would be in school, but she can’t afford it. She can barely afford her own food now. Before, she could have done anything she wanted: gone to college, had all the clothes she could ever need. Not now, though. Now, she’s struggling to find a well-paying job with family health benefits. When she finally gets one, though, she’s not so sure she wants it anymore...

When I first heard about this book, I was sure it was going to be great. It was good, but it wasn’t great. It didn’t pull me in like others, and to me, that’s what makes a great book.

August 8, 2013

The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

Hey everybody! Cassia here! Ugh, summer's almost over. Hope you all had a great summer of reading! That's basically what I did all summer. ;) Anyway, my friend just introduced me to manga, so I'll be reading that, too. Here's another review for you all!

The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

Sophie and Josh have always had normal lives as twins. As normal as they can get, anyway, being twins and all. Until Josh got a job at a bookstore. Nick Fleming is nice, but there’s something off about him. When a small man that smells like rotten eggs enters the bookstore and starts throwing...light at Nick, Josh knows there’s something more than off about the Flemings. He runs to his twin, Sophie (who just so happens to work across the street at a coffee shop), and tells her, but she doesn’t believe him. She does, though, when he shows her the wreckage. Nick tells them to follow him, and they’ll be safe from the odorous man. But will they?

August 2, 2013

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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Author: John Green
Series: N/A
Release Date: January 10, 2012
Pages: 318
Review by: Max

Reading the beginning of this review, you're probably (No guarantees here. I'm definitely not a mind reader.) thinking one of three things. You could A: be excited because TFiOS is one of your favorite books or you're dying to hear someone's opinions on it B: Roll your eyes and stop reading approximately...here because you think this book is over-hyped or it's too mainstream for you or maybe you're just a little skeptical about reading it or C: Have no idea who the heck John Green and you've never heard of TFiOS.

This review is directed towards all of you.