Book Review: Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Genre: Non-fiction Age Recommended: 15 and up This book was definitely a chilling story and the fact that it was in diary format made the entire thing feel a lot more personal. Also, this would definitely be a book to read for people in high school because of the setting and the nature of the book. ——————————————- Anonymous is a girl who doesn’t quite enjoy her life. She doesn’t fit in and is always trying to improve her appearance. After she moves to a new neighborhood, she is approached by a girl who invites … Continue reading Book Review: Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

Book Review: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Oprah’s book club)

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Genre: Historical fiction Age Recommended: 14 and up This book was recently recommended by Oprah Winfrey as part of her book club. My dad insisted that I must read it! The book was very interesting at first, but about three-quarters of the way through, the story became somewhat repetitive. I enjoyed the book overall nevertheless. ———————————————— Cora is a slave. She’s gotten used to the work, the beatings, and the abuse hurled at her and her fellow slaves daily. But that doesn’t mean she likes it. One day, a man named Caesar offers to help … Continue reading Book Review: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Oprah’s book club)

Book Review: A Deadly Distance by L.T. Ryan (Book two of the Good Soldier series)

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Genre: Mystery Age Recommended: 14 and up I liked this book because it addressed some large problems in today’s society and managed to do it in a way that would educate people without boring them. ————————————— Jack Noble is back in the field with his partner Frank. One day, some operatives are following a man who they believe is smuggling drugs and weapons into the country, when they find out that he is actually hiding something much worse. Jack and his team see red when they find out that the man is in fact trafficking … Continue reading Book Review: A Deadly Distance by L.T. Ryan (Book two of the Good Soldier series)

Book Review: Every Day by David Levithan (Book 1)

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Genre: Fiction Age Recommended: 14 and up This was one of the books that my dad got me for my birthday!! I liked the concept of the book a lot, but once it got to the suspenseful part, I was a little reluctant to read further and finish the book because I knew that there weren’t enough pages left in the book for everything that needed to happen. ———————————————– A is a sixteen-year-old boy who has a secret. He wakes up everyday in someone else’s body. He has no body of his own, and every morning, … Continue reading Book Review: Every Day by David Levithan (Book 1)

Book Review: Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Genre: Memoir Age Recommended: 15 and up This book was an incredible autobiography by a woman who diagnosed herself with a mental disorder and then enrolled herself in a mental hospital. The book describes her time there with uncanny detail and really brings awareness to some of the conditions that people experience(d) in mental hospitals. ————————————————- Susanna Kaysen is only 18 years old when she notices that something is wrong with her. She enrolls herself in a mental hospital and is later diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. Susanna makes friends at the mental hospital, and all … Continue reading Book Review: Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

Book Review: Noble Beginnings by L.T. Ryan (Book one of the Good Soldier series)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Genre: Mystery Age Recommended: 14 and up This book was a really good thriller and I loved how while there were only a few key characters, the author took the time to develop them very well. ——————————————- Jack Noble and his fellow Marine, Bear, are guarding the outside of a house in Afghanistan, when he sees his team leader dragging in an Iraqi family whose father is being accused of spying on them. When the leader threatens to harm the family to get the father to talk, Jack feels the need to step in. … Continue reading Book Review: Noble Beginnings by L.T. Ryan (Book one of the Good Soldier series)

Book Review: Sinful Cinderella by Anita Valle

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Genre: Fiction Age Recommended: 14 and up This book was fantastically written and I really enjoyed how the author gave a darker, more contemporary twist to an age-old beloved fairytale story. I also loved how the author captured a lot of emotions in a concise but wonderfully written story. ——————————————— Cinderella has been harvesting her white magic for years; ever since her father died. Her magical powers grow when she is good, which enables her to change her appearance, and it also grants her wishes. However, Cinderella has been stocking up on this magic just because she wants to … Continue reading Book Review: Sinful Cinderella by Anita Valle

Book Review: No Good Deed by M. P. McDonald (Book one of the Mark Taylor series)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Genre: Thriller Age Recommended: 15 and up This book was definitely one of the better mysteries that I have read recently. It appealed to me because this wasn’t your typical ‘who done it’ murder mystery. ——————————————– Mark Taylor is a photographer, and he’s pretty good at it. It’s a normal job for a normal person, except for one thing. Mark has a special camera that shows him glimpses of the future, and the following night, he has a dream about exactly what will happen. And then it’s up to him to change it. Mark’s pretty … Continue reading Book Review: No Good Deed by M. P. McDonald (Book one of the Mark Taylor series)

Book Review: One O’Clock Hustle: An Inspector Rebecca Mayfield Mystery (Rebecca Mayfield Mysteries Book 1) by Joanne Pence

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Genre: Mystery Age Recommended: 14 and up This book was really fun to read because of how the interaction between the key characters was portrayed. However, I didn’t particularly enjoy the fact that every time a new character was introduced, you found them dead shortly after. While I understand why the author chose to write the book this way, it made me want to skip those sections and only read the other parts of the book. ———————————————— Inspector Rebecca Mayfield arrives at a bar to see a man shot dead and a person she once had a … Continue reading Book Review: One O’Clock Hustle: An Inspector Rebecca Mayfield Mystery (Rebecca Mayfield Mysteries Book 1) by Joanne Pence

Book Review: Childhood Regained (Stories of Hope for Asian Child Workers) compiled and edited by Jodie Renner

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Genre: Non-fiction Age Recommended: 13 and up This book had about 20 individual stories about children who were sold to places where they were then imprisoned or held by force and then made to work. These stories were quite short but inspiring. However, the beginning of the book had little paragraphs giving a summary of the story, but I found this distracting and unnecessary as the stories themselves were really short, only 5-6 pages. The author, however, did a fantastic job of compiling these stories and translating them, as I believe that none of them were … Continue reading Book Review: Childhood Regained (Stories of Hope for Asian Child Workers) compiled and edited by Jodie Renner