Extras by Scott Westerfeld

Extras by Scott Westerfeld

This is a good book. It might be a great book, except that I miss Tally from the first three books. **SPOILER: Yes, she does put in a cameo appearance in this book but…*** It took me a little bit to get into Aya’s world and the changes that Tally’s revolution brought about. But once I shook myself out of my pout over missing Tally, I quite liked it. Like Tally, Aya is strong and resourceful and about to uncover a mystery. It was fun […]

November 14, 2007 | 0 Comments
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Specials by Scott Westerfeld

Specials by Scott Westerfeld

I was a little worried after finishing Pretties. I had really loved Uglies. Pretties was okay, but it seemed to unravel a bit and loose ends were left hanging. But as I said in my review, I was willing to withhold judgment until I had a chance to read this one. Specials did not disappoint. Being a Special is totally cool; but to be a Cutter, Dr. Cable’s elite group of Specials, is even better. Specials are scary beautiful, very strong with reflexes so fast […]

October 10, 2007 | 0 Comments
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Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

I loved this book! This is a debut book and there are a few little glitches. It starts a little slow and sometimes gets a little silly. But really, I thought it was a fun and clever read. I loved the idea of a preserve to protect magical creatures—and the fact that Kendra and Seth have visited before and had no clue about the secret life of their grandparents. I loved the set-up, the discovery, the magic. The fairies were great and the satyrs were […]

September 15, 2007 | 0 Comments
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Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

Despite my negative comments about Bella’s IQ level, I’ve liked this whole Twilight series. As a writer, Stephenie Meyer is not my favorite, but she’s getting better with each book. And she is a strong storyteller—as evidenced by the popularity of this series. I still think Bella is an idiot. Seriously. My 17-year-old daughter and I have a mantra, “Bella is an idiot.” We don’t understand her motivation. And I really don’t get this relationship. Why does Bella love Edward? Because he’s beautiful. Why does […]

September 4, 2007 | 1 Comment
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Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

Like it or hate it, Harry Potter is part of our cultural identity. I would guess that J.K. Rowling has added more new words to our collective lexicon than any other single individual. She is certainly the only author I know of who has created a 7 book series that has continued to grow in popularity and gain readership with each new installment like this one has. The Star Wars franchise is the only other thing I can think of that comes close, and personally, […]

August 2, 2007 | 3 Comments
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Pretties by Scott Westerfeld

Pretties by Scott Westerfeld

Pretties is book #2 in the Uglies trilogy (which is now a quadrilogy due to this). Again, the theme is that pretty on the outside doesn’t guarantee pretty on the inside, and sometimes you have to really fight for what you want—in this case, freedom. It also takes a look at what jealousy, betrayal and power can drive people to do and to become. Pretty Tally is sort of annoying at first. She and Shay are BFFs because neither one of them can clearly remember […]

July 20, 2007 | 0 Comments
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Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Uglies is book one of a trilogy.  My daughter read this and loved it, so I had to read it too. She’s not allowed to have book reading fun without me. I loved this book! I think this action-packed and highly entertaining futuristic novel which examines the definition of beauty should be required reading for all teens, but especially for 14 to 18 year old girls. I think boys would like it too, if they can get past the fact that the main character is […]

July 16, 2007 | 3 Comments
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Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

Princess Academy  by Shannon Hale

Princess Academy is written for 9 to 11 year old girls and I think it absolutely hits that target reader. As an adult reader, I thought the story moved a little slowly at times, but that is a reflection of life on Mount Eskel—and most middle grader readers won’t even notice. Although learning to be a princess and the unexpected win of the underdog are common plot scenarios in a lot of middle grade fantasy stories, in this book it felt fresh and new. I […]

July 6, 2007 | 5 Comments
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Counting Stars by Michele Paige Holmes

Counting Stars by Michele Paige Holmes

This was the “stretch” book for a reading challenge because I really don’t care for romance novels. I think the reason I dislike them so much is because when I was 16, my aunt gave me 4 LARGE paper grocery bags filled with romance novels. I think I read at least 100 of them that summer—more than enough to last a lifetime. So, even though some of my best friends are romance novelists, when anyone mentions reading one of those kind of books, my eyes […]

July 5, 2007 | 10 Comments
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Sheep’s Clothing by Josi S. Kilpack

Sheep’s Clothing by Josi S. Kilpack

*While there is nothing explicit in this book, it does deal with the harsh reality of internet predators, kidnapping, and assault. If your children have access to the Internet, you need to read this book. If those children are over the age of 12, they need to read this book. I liked the Prologue, which sets the tone and foreshadows events to come. I liked the way Josi started each chapter with e-mails between Jess, Emily and Colt. It was unnerving to see how subtle, […]

June 29, 2007 | 2 Comments
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