May 2014 Recap

I read a bunch of books in May but since final exams were coming up, I didn’t get a chance to review that many.

My favorite books out of all of these are This Dark Endeavor and Monument 14. In case you don’t know, This Dark Endeavor is the prequel to Frankenstein and Monument 14 is the first book of a really good series.

 

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Book Review: Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Paranormal Romance / Paranormal Fiction

Age Recommended: 13 and up

An amazing story about the complexity of loving someone who is invisible to the world.

Invisibility

 

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Stephen has been invisible for his entire life so when Elizabeth, his next door neighbor, can see him, he is astounded. Stephen meets her when he knocks over her stuff. Elizabeth yells at him for not helping her pick the things up and that is when Stephen realizes that she can see him.

Elizabeth turns out to be a spellseeker who can see people who have been cursed.

Elizabeth then sets out to help people by removing their curses. She wants to help Stephen but her fellow spellseeker warns her that it’s too dangerous. Maxwell Arbus, Stephen’s grandfather, is the one who has put the curse on Stephen to make him invisible and Elizabeth finds out that the curse is slowly killing Stephen.

The ability to see these terrible curses has taken its toll on Elizabeth and has scarred her for life.

Just when Elizabeth and Stephen think that things are going well – too well – life starts to go awry.

They discover that Maxwell Arbus, who is a cursecaster as well, has come to Stephen’s town to get his final revenge. He makes his way to Stephen, leaving destruction and a trail of curses in his wake.

Will Elizabeth be able to save Stephen before it’s too late?


If you would like to buy this book, you can purchase it here:  Invisibility

Book review: Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink

Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars

Genre: Historical Fiction

Age recommended: 10 and up

A very funny and witty book about the mischief that a young girl gets into with her brothers.

Caddie Woodlawn

Caddie grew up with her two brothers, Tom and Warren. Tom was older then her and Warren was younger. These three also had two little sisters Minnie and Hetty and one older sister, Clara. The oldest, Clara, was a perfect girl. She sewed, cooked and cleaned. Mother was always after Caddie to become more of a “woman” but Caddie never listened. Caddie thought that sewing, cooking and cleaning were far too boring and that she would rather just hang out with the boys.

Tom, Warren, and Caddie were constantly getting into mischief. They listened to no one and feared nobody. They were always exploring new places and going to the Indian camp across the river which was forbidden because the Indians were thought to be a warring tribe. Tom, Warren, and Caddie weren’t afraid though because they had befriended one of the Indians and the Indians had never hurt them.

Caddie also got into a fight with a school bully, almost drowned in a frozen lake, and nearly got herself killed during the supposed Indian massacre. What trouble will she get into next?

If you would like to buy this book, you can purchase it here:  Caddie Woodlawn

Book Review: Revenge Of The Flower Girls by Jennifer Ziegler

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Age Recommended: 11 and up

A hilarious book about the lengths that three sisters go to to stop their eldest sister’s wedding.

Revenge Of The Flower Girls
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Dawn, Darby, and Delaney are triplets.

Their older sister, Lily is getting married to someone they don’t like. Burton, Lily’s fiancee, is boring, unattractive, and doesn’t know how to keep Lily happy. The three of them plot to get rid of Burton because they think that Lily is rushing into this marriage.

Their first few tries end up in everyone getting mad at them but these three never give up. One of their plans involves bringing Lily’s old boyfriend, Alex, into the picture. They tell Alex to “accidentally” burn or shred the official wedding documents but Alex isn’t sure about this plan because he thinks it’s illegal so he tells the three sisters that he can’t help them.

Dawn, Darby, and Delaney are very disappointed but then they come up with one final plan. The wedding. Lily can’t find any place to have the wedding so the wedding is taking place at their house. The triplets know exactly how to stop it from happening.

Let the fun begin…

If you would like to buy this book, you can purchase it here:Revenge of the Flower Girls

Book Review: The Missing Pieces Of Me by Jean Van Leeuwen

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Age Recommended: 13 and up

This book is an ARC courtesy of NetGalley. It will be published on September 2, 2014 but you can preorder it here:  The Missing Pieces of Me

The missing pieces of me

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Grace Louise is my real name, but nobody calls me that. They all call me Weezie.

My mother calls me a bad girl but I’m not. My mother thinks I’m just like my good-for-nothing father, but I’m not. My mother thinks that I’m just a useless girl in her house, but I’m not.

My mother is wrong.

I am good, and kind, but do I have a bad habit of telling lies. I don’t tell lies for a bad purpose. I tell lies to ensure that I am still accepted in school and I tell lies to make people think I’m better than my arch-nemesis, Ruby. Ruby does everything she can to make my life miserable and one day she asked me the million-dollar question, “Where’s your dad?”

I never had an answer for her so I made up some more lies that turned out to be partly true. But, Ruby’s question had sparked a couple more. Who was my dad? Was he bad? Why did he leave us?

I had no answers to any of these questions so I went investigating with one of my friends, Calvin. You won’t believe what I found…

Book Review: Threatened by Eliot Schrefer

Rating: 3 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommended: 12 and up

Violent at times but the rest of the book is good.

Threatened

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When he was little, Luc’s mother told him all about the “mock men” in the forests and told him to stay away from their dwelling. Luc is older now and his mother is dead. He lives in an orphanage working odd jobs in town.

One day, a man name Prof comes to town. Luc steals some of Prof’s possessions, but instead of getting mad, Prof hires Luc to go on an expedition with him.

Together, Luc and Prof go into the jungle to study the “mock men” or chimpanzees. They both live in the wild and take notes about chimpanzee behavior. While they’re there, Luc and Prof face many dangers but manage to survive.

The chimpanzees accept Luc and Prof as part of their family, but soon, some trouble starts. There is a hunter in the jungle who is out to kill the chimps.

Will Luc and Prof be able to defend their own family?

If you would like to purchase this book, you can buy it here:  Threatened

Book Review: Turning On A Dime by Maggie Dana

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy

Age Recommended: 12 and up

A great book about a magic dime that transports the holder to another time. Well-written and characters are well-developed but the ending is very abrupt.

Turning on a Dime

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Samantha is a girl in modern time. She lives in the era of the iPhone and iTunes. Her world is turned upside down when she finds a dime that transports her to another era. There, she meets Caroline.

Caroline is a girl who lives in the South during the Civil War era. She has her own set of problems like being grounded, not being able to ride her horse, and being sent to her father’s friend’s house for 5 days.

When Caroline meets Sam, they both freak out. Sam isn’t supposed to be in this era and she doesn’t know how to get back home. While the two of them figure this out, they become good friends. Sam ends up telling Caroline about the future; like how the North wins the battle and how slavery is abolished.

While all of this is happening, Caroline finds out that her house has been taken by the Yankees and that her family has fled from there. Caroline wants to run away from this place to find her parents and Sam agrees to help her. Also, Sam has to pose as Caroline’s slave and she learns many things about slave treatment in the South firsthand.

Will Caroline be reunited with her family? Will Sam find her way back home?

 


 

I was inspired to by this story to write the following poem:

 

Freedom

Freedom is a privilege

I learnt that the hard way

The ones that have it

Don’t appreciate it

The ones that don’t

Long for it

Freedom is a privilege

I learnt that the hard way

Through

Floggings

Beatings

Close-to-death meetings

Freedom is a privilege

That I hope to have someday

If you would like to purchase this book, you can buy it here:Turning on a Dime: A Time Travel Adventure