Monday, August 29, 2011

Review: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The HelpThe Help
Author: Kathryn Stockett
From: read as NOOK Book on a NOOK for my library
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Skeeter is home from Ole Miss the only one of her friends to have actually graduated with a degree. The rest got married to young men they met at college instead and then dropped out to be good little wives. It's the 1960's in Jackson, Mississippi and the Jim Crow laws are in full affect as black women work for white families, raising their children like they were their own. The white women are too busy getting their hair done, attending functions and group meetings, and playing bridge.

As Skeeter begins to see just what it means to live as they do while also hearing and seeing what happens to the blacks around them who dare to make a mistake like using a white bathroom or questioning the way things are, she begins to see that she has to change things somehow. Pretty soon, she's talked a maid into talking to her and writing down her stories and soon a publishing company in New York is even willing to take a look at it when it's done!

What the women don't realize is that this will change everything. Their lives will never be the same again. The question is...will they be better? or worse?

I loved that this is a story about women and how they treat each other. The maids stories' are wonderful and feel so real. I can't imagine weaving this many families and personalities all together into such a perfect fabric! Everything fits so perfectly while also highlighting major events in the Civil Right's Movement which is exploding around them. Read this book, then tell me what you think! What about the movie? Has anyone seen that? Any good?

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Review: The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld

The Secret Hour (Midnighters, #1)The Secret Hour
Author: Scott Westerfeld
From: Library
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Jessica Day has just moved to a new town & she's about to find out just how different Bixby, Oklahoma really is as midnight approaches...

You see at exactly 12:00 in Bixby, the whole world freezes & only those born at midnight can move around in the extra hour of blue time. Cool, right? The problem is that all the darkest, most dangerous & massively intelligent creatures who have been around since the beginning of time appear in the blue time only to go bump in the night!

This is such an interesting concept! I'm curious as to where the idea came from for Westerfeld. This was an interesting read and I will certainly be reading the rest of the trilogy but it wasn't without wrinkles for me. I had a hard time loving this because it felt so choppy to me. It was hard to keep up with at times & the characters aren't ones you can really connect with which is frustrating throughout the book. I just didn't like any of them to the point where I would rush to get the next book.

I'm hoping the next book will pick up and carry me away! Here we go!
Have u read this one? What did u think?

**UPDATE: couldn't even finish the 2nd one. This never happens for me! I can always finish a book I start, but not this one. The characters got worse for me, not better. On the other hand I've had others tell me that this was there favorite series ever! Interesting!
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Review: White Cat by Holly Black

White Cat (Curse Workers, #1)White Cat
Author: Holly Black
From: Library
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Curse-workers exist. They are all around us at every moment. This explains why everyone wears gloves all the time; one touch could kill you or make you a killer! It's illegal now to work someone, but that just means curse-workers have moved into the black market where crime bosses hold all the cards! Cassel is from a family of curse-workers. The problem? Cassel is the only dud who can't curse! He's as harmless as a butterfly!

Oh, except for when he was found standing over his best friend Lila's body holding a knife dripping with her blood and smiling with delight.

Black has truly created a world we've not seen before. X-men bigotry & legislation in America + harry potter drama & twists + teenagers & their families = a fabulous recipe for entertainment! Here's where I run into trouble though...for some reason I guessed almost the entire book of twists and turns from the very beginning! :( I hate it when that happens! I still want to know what happens next so I will certainly be reading Red Glove & hoping that it's very unpredictable. I will be recommending this to my students who have gone through the "regular" supernatural books already.

**UPDATE: this series has new paperback covers!! They are tres jolie! Check them out!

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Very excited!! Maggie Stievater has a new book!! *Happy Dance!*

The new trailer is out for Maggie Stievater's upcoming book...The Scorpio Races...coming October 18!!

You can even pre-order here and they'll come with doodlies from Maggie! How cool is that!?

If you don't follow her blog, you should! She posts vids of her travels, drawings, and fun stuff in general! Check it out!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Review: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordon

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)The Lightning Thief
Author: Rick Riordan
From: read as NOOK Book on a NOOK from my library
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Percy Jackson is just trying to get through the 6th grade without getting into any more fights and by hopefully not getting expelled for the 6th time when a field trip to a museum rips him into the "real world" of Greek Gods & Goddesses! Who knew they were real? Well, his bff Grover for one who happens to be a Satyr AND his teacher who's the actual Chiron, the trainer of demi-gods! Whoa!

Zues's master thunderbolt has gone missing and Percy has become the scapegoat for the theft! How is he going to prove he didn't steal it? Finding it and taking it back to Zues becomes the plan...will he be able to find it in time? Will the Gods destroy him before he can? How many monsters can he possibly deal with?

Loved this! SO much potential and SOOO much adventure! I love it when there's adventure NONE STOP! I'm on the next one...shhh!

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Now a movie (missing serious parts from the book as movies taken from books always do) which has lots of fun action as well...

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent (Divergent, #1)Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
From: Read as a NOOK Book on a NOOK from my library!
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Beatrice has reached the fateful age of 16, the stage at which all kids of the futuristic Chicago must select which of 5 factions they will join for life. Each faction, Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite, represents a virtue. Beatrice is Abnegation...selfless, leaders, steady, etc. "Faction is greater than blood." Beatrice has never felt like she fits in with the traits of Abnegation, but "faction is thicker than blood" which means once she chooses she walks away from her family forever if it's not Abnegation she chooses. What will her test results show? What will she ultimately choose? Will her family really forsake her if she chooses differently from them?

This was amazing and I CAN'T WAIT for the next book, Insurgent! This has SO much! The factions are perfect and would make wonderful discussions with students and book clubs! WOW! I'm afraid to gush to much b/c I might give away a ton by doing that so I will just say that this was one of the absolute BEST dystopians yet! READ IT IMMEDIATELY! Then tell me what u think! :D

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Review: Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, #1)Artemis Fowl
Author: Eoin Colfer
From: a Playaway (audiobook) from library
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius, a criminal mastermind- oh and did I mention he's 12!! His next big plan?- The kidnapping of a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. Will he be able to pull it off? Will there be anything left when he's done?

This was tons of fun! I can't wait to read the next book to see what happens next in the world of Artemis Fowl!

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