Monday, November 29, 2010

Blue Moon by Alyson Noel

Blue Moon (The Immortals, #2)Blue Moon by Alyson Noel

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Ever Bloom is working on making her home with her aunt Sabine now that her sister Riley has finally crossed over. She & Damen are doing great and closer than ever. The biggest issues Ever has to worry about are convincing her aunt she's not anorexic and planning the perfect evening for taking her relationship with Damen to the next level. Until a new kid, Roman, shows up and everything changes. Will Ever be able to save her friends? Will she be able to save Damen? Will she be able to figure out who's behind it all before it all falls apart?
This was an interesting sequel novel after Evermore. It had lots of twists and turns, surprises & shockers which I liked since predictability in a sequel ruins it every time for me! Nicely done Alyson Noel! :-) Now on to book 3, Shadowland.



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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Maximum Ride, Manga 3 by Lee and Patterson

Maximum Ride: The Manga, Vol. 3Maximum Ride: The Manga, Vol. 3 by NaRae Lee

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


The flock is settling in at Anne's farm in the country, Max's shaking is getting worse, the Erasors are still after them and Angel's powers are being the grow and expand at a frightening rate. Anne decides that it's now time for the flock to start school, but they aren't sure this such a good idea. Will they keep avoiding the Erasors? Will the voice in Max's head continue? Will Jeb find them again? What is their purpose?

This one was nice b/c it concluded a few things in the plot. They also seemed to be settling into a more normal life as well which is nice to see instead of run, run, run. Will this continue? I can't wait to try the regular series by James Patterson.



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Maximum Ride, Manga 2 by Lee and Patterson

Maximum Ride (The Manga #2)Maximum Ride by NaRae Lee

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


The flock is on the run but finds a friend in the FBI agency who lets them stay at her place, but the voices are getting worse and worse along with the headaches for Max. Will she be able to get the flock back together and keep them safe this time?

This was good, but a bit shallow. I'm gonna grab the regular series next week to start! I'm intrigued!



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Monday, November 8, 2010

Toads & Diamonds by Heather Tomilson

Toads and DiamondsToads and Diamonds by Heather Tomlinson

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


Darabani and Tana aren't sisters in blood, but they are sisters of the soul and sisters who carry the weight of gifts from the goddess Naghali-Ji. As they try to learn how to bear their gifts from the goddess, they are also trying to find their ways each on their way in the world while carrying their gifts. What happens next? Will they be able to help the people of their country while also keeping themselves safe? Will they be able to stay out of Governor Alwar's evil way? Will they be able to figure out what their gifts are meant for?
This was interesting. I liked that this was a remake of an old-school fairy tale. It was a bit slow though. I had a hard time trudging through it all. In the end it was ok. What did you think?



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Maximum Ride, Manga 1 by James Patterson & Narae Lee

Maximum Ride (Maximum Ride, The Manga, #1)Maximum Ride by NaRae Lee

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Max is trying the best she knows how to keep her family together and hidden from the world. Since the only father they've ever known, Jeb, disappeared she's been in charge. When they go for a morning stroll to pick strawberries with Angel, the littlest of them all, the worst happens...Erasers! The mutant Erasers have kidnapped her! Now Max, Iggy, Fang and Gasman take off in search of little Angel in the only place they'd like to never go back to again; the evil school & experimental facility they grew up in while being experimented on. Will they find Angel? Will they be able to elude the Erasers themselves? Will they be discovered for the freaks they were created as?
This was an interesting concept! It makes me want to read the regular books in the Maximum Ride series! On to the next one!



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Tricks by Ellen Hopkins

TricksTricks by Ellen Hopkins

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


5 teens looking for love. The love they've never really had in their lives. When they think they've found it, they do everything they can to manipulate life to hold onto it no matter what it costs them. Will it pay off? Will they be able to trick themselves into a happily ever after?
I had a hard time with this one. I've read Hopkins' poetry and love it, follow her on twitter and value her presence, but had a terrible time finding a place for this book that is so full of hate, evil and horrifying decisions. I kept thinking "is this realistic?" But the honest truth is that it probably is and I just don't want to know about it. I have since found out that I have many students in my own schools who live in some of these situations. The question is...how do we save them? Can we? Do they want to be saved? What's next?


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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryCharlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Charlie Bucket and his family are poorer than poor and getting thinner by the second! This is until the mysterious Willa Wonka decides to put 5 golden tickets in his candy inviting 5 lucky winners, not only win a lifetime supply of chocolate, but to also be the 1st ones in years to get to see the inside of his world famous chocolate factory.
This was wonderful! I can't believe I've never read this one before! My girls (age 3 and 6) hung on every word! A great bedtime reader! Give it a try.



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